Thai Chef

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 7 reviews )

878 Front St Ste A 12, Lahaina, Hawaii, USA, 96761

Serves meat, vegan options available. Little Thai cuisine restaurant in the Old Lahaina Center, same plaza as Maui Theater. Offers an extensive menu which includes a "vegetable lover" section with approx. 20 dishes of vegetable and some with tofu. Choice of mild, medium, or hot spicy. All the vegetable dishes are mostly vegan, including the pad thai tofu without egg. Also spicy chili tofu, garlic vegetable, red curry tofu, fried rice vegetable, and others. Simple set-up and Thai music played in the background. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm, Mon-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Thai, Take-out, BYOB, Non-veg

7 Reviews

First Review by Chia

Fantastic vegan menu - Edit

Visited February 2018. My husband and I only had 3 nights in Maui but loved this restaurant so much that we had dinner there two nights in a row. Between the two nights we tried 5 dishes, plus dessert, and enjoyed them all. There is a full page of 20+ vegan dishes to choose from, and the owners are super friendly. The dishes that we ordered as medium came out on the higher end of our spice tolerance, but the mild was a bit too mild for us - if you’re like us and fall in between, just ask for a little dish of spice to add on as you please. Hopefully we’ll be back to Maui soon so we can visit again.

Pros: Great vegan menu!, Friendly owners/staff, Conviently located off the main drag

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generous veg menu - Edit

An entire page of vegan/vegetarian options. We went two days in a row! The pineapple red curry was delicious, but none of the options disappointed. The restaurant was cold and if you ask for spicy, you better mean it! Portions were perfect sized- not enough for leftovers but you leave full without room for dessert.

Cons: cold temp- bring a sweatshirt!

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Nice alternative to tourist food - Edit

Nice healthy option for dinner. Pay attention to the open times. We had a nice walk on the beach waiting for them to open. Nice little quaint location on the back side of the Old Lahaina Center. Tons of vegi/vegan choices. Nice staff, food was very good. Constant stream of locals getting takeout while we dined.

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Awesome - Edit

Eat here a lot now that we live here but came when on vacation previously as well. So nice, food is excellent! Big vegan section of menu!

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Great little gold mine in Lahaina! - Edit

Thai is always a great go-to in areas without a ton of vegan options, but it's extra nice when they are very vegan friendly! That is the case with Thai Chef, as they have a 20+ items on their "vegetable lovers" menu which are all vegan. The employees are super nice and friendly and knowledgeable. I asked about what items could be easily made vegan and was told that all the vegetarian menu items were vegan and had no fish sauce, oyster Sauce, chicken stock, or otherwise. My only quip would be that the portions are not huge for the price, but that could just be an island thing.. A lot of things seem to be expensive in Hawaii. Anyway, I give a BIG recommendation to Thai Chef. We went two nights in a row and had some fantastic dinners while staying up the road in Kaanapali. Mahalo!!

Pros: vegan friendly, super nice staff

Cons: small restaurant (show up early, especially on Fri

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Thai Chef - Edit

Hard to find! But don't give up, just give them a quick call, they'll help you. I ordered the pad Thai (my first time ever ordering this dish) and was incredibly thankful when they took my request for HOT seriously! The food was spicy and mouth was on fire and it was great. This is a great little hole-in-the-wall if you're looking for Thai food.

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Authentic Thai food - Edit

I had read about this place on happycow, and here's my Thai Chef review.

On a past trip to Maui, Hawaii, on a day that we were to be in the Lahaina area with friends, we decided to give this one a try. We had trouble locating the Thai Chef restaurant since it was situated not on the front side of the street but on the backside of Front Street. We had to ask one of the tour shops for assistance.

The inside of the restaurant is small with maybe 10 tables for seating. The decor was simple. A few Thai artworks hung on the walls, Thai music played in the background. We quickly sat down and ordered our food as we noticed that other diners were coming in, and we didn't want to wait too long.

Our party of four shared the peanut tofu curry, the pad thai, ginger coconut soup, green papaya salad, and the eggplant tofu plus 2 large orders of brown rice. Rice was not included in the price of the main entrees. For each dish we requested medium spicy. Well, it turned out that medium spicy is pretty spicy, a little more than my husband liked, though the rest of us enjoyed the thrill of the chili peppers. Thai people like their food really spicy that's for sure.

The peanut tofu curry, aka panang curry, was pretty tasty ($10.95). The eggplant tofu was saucy and flavorful but overall just okay for me ($10.25). The pad thai dish had a nice taste and the veggies & baked tofu slices were delicious, but the noodle itself was too hard for me ($10.95). The green papaya salad, aka som tom, was decent though it could use more garnish and some more bit of peanuts ($8.95). The ginger coconut soup, aka tom kha, was the one dish that fell short ($10.50). It was too sour (from lime) and lacked the savory and spiced flavor of tom kha that we were all used to back home.

Overall, I thought the food was flavorful and well-spiced for the most part. I liked the spicy factor. As with Thai food, there were lots of salt and sugar in the food, but that's what makes this food addictive. The prices were a bit high for this kind of food (basically veggies, tofu, and spices), but this is Lahaina, and things are more expensive in this area.

Pros: veg friendly, food arrived quickly

Cons: serves meat

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