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A happy place to enjoy Thai

A new Thai joint just opened up on Kauai and there is a meal for everyone.

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar in Poipu opened on Dec. 18 and Judie Arunrung, waitress at the restaurant, said the place has been pretty busy even through the holidays.

The restaurant features 100 percent authentic Thai dishes created by Paula Coult, one of the owners of the new establishment who is orginally from Colorado.

Paula and her husband Kirk Coult, who met in Southern California, have two other restaurants in Colorado and a third on the way under contruction in the Centennial State.

So why come all the way to Kauai?

“Because we love the South Shore on Kauai,” Kirk Coult said. “We loved the island. Thai food is our business. We came for our anniversary and we wanted to enjoy that here and that there wasn’t a place for that on the South Shore.”

Kirk said his wife, who is of Thai ancestry, started her first Thai restaurant 26 years ago in Sydney, Australia. It’s still going strong today, he said.

He wanted to bring that love of Thai food to Kauai and its people and he thought Poipu was the best place to do it.

Kirk Coult said live entertainment starts every night at 6 p.m. and the restaurant features specialty Thai cocktails.

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar in Poipu features daily lunch special bowls served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that start at $13.95, which include tofu and mixed veggies.

Other bowls included in the daily lunch menu feature a variety of meats like chicken, pork beef and shrimp.

Curry bowls served with steamed rice on the menu are priced beginning at $17.95, but include the option to add meat varieties.

There’s soups and salads. One salad called the Larb Gai salad feature ground chicken in spicy lime dressing, and includes lemongrass, onions and mint leaves all for $14.95.

Everyone is familiar with the traditional Wonton soup, but Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar also has an array of soups to choose from including Tom Yum Shrimp or Tofu, if you’re vegan. There is also Tom Kha Chicken or Tofu. Soups begin at $7.95.

Desserts and vegan options are available.

Kirk Coult said his restaurant has been pretty busy since it opened and he’s had a “full house” for dinner several nights.

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar is located at 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Koloa, HI 96756 and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m daily. 

You can contact them at 742-9888.

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