After continued success of their first branch in Hangzhou’s West Lake Cultural Square, Once Upon a Thai have opened the second branch nearby the Qiantang river. As with their previous branch, the team here aim to serve Thai cuisine that is made in a more authentic way, and so may not always have the look and taste you are used to.
The best example of this, and a new addition to their menu, is their Tom Yam Soup (58RMB). Instead of the orangey-red colour you might be used to seeing, here the broth is clear.
Don’t let that fool you though, as it still packs a punch, a delicious balance of flavours, the result of which is a sour, mildly spicy broth soup laden with mushrooms, fish and chicken.
The Best Grill Platter (55RMB) is a good choice if you are looking to try a little of everything and includes their great Chicken Satay and crispy Thai-style Spring Rolls.
The Fried Bass (68RMB) was sweet, with pineapples and peppers covering its crispy skin and the mild Green Curry Crab (188RMB) with big pieces of crab, egg and chicken would work well as a sharing dish for two.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Thai food without Pad Thai (32RMB), and the one here certainly didn’t disappoint.
For drinks, you can’t go wrong with one of their extremely refreshing, imported Thai Coconuts (18RMB) to complete the Thai feel to your meal. Alternatively, a good selection of fresh juices (Mango 22RMB) and bottle beers (Singha 18RMB) are available at very reasonable prices.
The outdoor seating area of the new branch must be taken advantage of, and if you are coming for lunch, you will be able to bask in the sun as you enjoy some authentic Thai flavours.
Open from 11am - 9pm, located on the first floor of Wan Tai shopping Mall (entrance located outside mall). Menus in English, smoking not permitted. Private room available.