ON THE MENU
• Pad thai — Thin rice noodles with your choice of meat, plus eggs, bean sprouts, scallions and peanuts, $9-$19, depending on the meat
• Caterpillar roll — Sushi, crab stick, cucumber topped with avocado, $6.50
• Spicy basil — Your choice of meat with mixed vegetables in basil sauce served with white rice, $9-18, depending on the meat
• Grilled beef brisket — Grilled beef brisket with a spicy ginger dipping sauce served with white rice, $11
• Tom kah gai — Chicken coconut soup, $8
1680 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Suite 1715, Buford
Open since: September
Location: Sra Thai is located off of Mall of Georgia Boulevard next to the Chuck E. Cheese and in the same building as Subway and Ted's Montana Grill.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Owners: Souk and Inpeng Sayaxoumphou and Seng Gibson
Atmosphere: The inside of the restaurant is calm, traditional and tranquil. The walls are painted beige and brown adorned with golden statues, ferocious lions and bamboo shoots, some of which have been shipped from Thailand to the U.S. and are more than 100 years old.
If you have time to look closely at the decorations, notice the intricate and ornate details each has. It will make you feel like you've left Buford to visit an authentic eatery in Thailand.
All of the tables are covered with white linen and a glass top, which adds a more elegant feel to the environment, but it is a casual eating establishment.
The owners welcome everyone to the restaurant, especially those who have never tried Thai food before.
"There aren't any Thai places in the area," Souk Sayaxoumphou said. "We want people to come try our food. We have the food, now we just need the people."
Menu: Inpeng heads the kitchen because she has been cooking in restaurants for 20 years and a majority of the recipes are from her family. Just like the atmosphere, the food is traditional Thai cuisine. Sra Thai offers an array of dishes ranging from curry to noodle soups to pan fried noodles. Although many of the items are very spicy, the menu indicates these plates for diners with a sensitive palate.
Everything is made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients. Some of the most bold and characteristic flavors found in the food are the fresh Thai basil (much different than the Italian version) and the curry, which can be spicy or savory.
There is also a separate sushi bar for guests to nibble on. The sushi chef creates platters of nigiri, seaweed wrapped rolls, sticky rice rolls and salad rolls at the bar -- or if you'd rather sit at a table, you can eat them from there, too.
The restaurant has a kid-friendly menu with mild, yet tasty treats including panko chicken and shrimp kabobs.
Currently, Sra Thai isn't serving alcohol. They have applied for their liquor license and are waiting for it to go through the necessary process for the bar to begin pouring booze.
Things you might not know: Husband and wife Souk and Inpeng Sayaxoumphou owned another Thai restaurant in Nashville, Tenn., but sold it to move to Georgia.