At Manalapan’s Thaikyo, cuisines collide on a menu that includes Thai specialties (curries and Pad Thai), Japanese delights (sushi, sashimi, teriyaki) and even a Chinese dish or two (Peking Pork and Crab Rangoon).
“A lot of people ask, ‘What’s your best dish?’ and I’m speechless, because we do a little bit of everything,” says Tony Cheung, who owns Thaikyo with his wife, Jo.
One of the best appetizers at Thaikyo isn’t on the menu. The Wahoo Tataki ($12) makes a lovely presentation: delicate slices of fresh wahoo layered with skinny slices of lemon and jalapeño, sitting in a shallow pool of ponzu sauce and dressed with cilantro and kimchee sauce.
Not sweet on sushi? Try the jumbo coconut shrimp ($12) with honey mustard sauce or the decadent, tempura-fried Lobster Bomb ($13).
The Cheungs, who are originally from Hong Kong, are a regular presence at Thaikyo, which is located on the western end of the Plaza Del Mar shopping center, across the street from the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
That address makes it a popular pre- and post-show destination not only for Plaza Theatre-goers but also for folks who fancy a walk along the beach after a Thai doughnut or green tea ice cream.
Thaikyo: 201 S. Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan; 561-588-6777; Thaikyo.com