My first meal at Thai Delight was in the summer of 2016, and I really thought this was the best lunch experience I had all year. Thai food ranks high among my favorite cuisines, so this had something to do with it. However, even among the Thai and other Asian cuisines which I really enjoy, the lunch I had at Thai Delight stood out as one of the best in terms of flavor and probably the best in terms of the overall experience.
My second visit was in 2020, when I decided to begin exploring the menu to try other dishes. This time the flavor of the dish was not quite as memorable, but it was still one of the best I have found in the OKC metro and the overall experience was excellent as well. My conclusion, though, is that Thai Delight may be equal in flavor and quality to the long running Thai Palace in Edmond, my favorite Thai restaurant in the OKC metro until it closed. Thai Delight has a small menu compared to the one Thai Palace had, but I am definitely a fan of the way Thai Delight prepares the food.
The sushi menu at Thai Delight is much larger than the Thai menu, and I am not sure why they are doing both cuisines. I confirmed with the employees that they have Thai cooks (from Thailand) and that this is definitely a Thai restaurant, but they do have sushi as well.
The restaurant is located in a shopping complex at the southwest corner of 33rd St. and Broadway in Edmond. I would call the complex upscale, but for some reason they have raised the level of all the stores up a half flight of stairs. After several visits to this restaurant and Pho Bulous next door (as well as an Indian restaurant which used to be in the same center) I finally found a ramp on the north side of the building to give access to anyone who does not want to use the stairs. It is located at the north end of Charleston’s Restaurant (at the opposite end as Thai Delight) but it will work for getting to all the businesses in the center.
Fresh Ginger was one of the options on the lunch menu, but was something I wanted to try and would have ordered anyway even if I had to get it from the dinner choices. Overall the restaurant has a better selection of lunch choices than most of the other Thai restaurants I have visited. It is not so much that they have a lot of choices, but they have the ones that I consider to be the better choices available in Thai restaurants.
The outstanding features of the fresh ginger were a vibrant flavor and the fact that it was not too sweet. Some other restaurants in OKC do have good versions of this dish, but I had such a good experience at Thai Delight that this has to be near the top of the list. I ordered it with tofu (which I thought was excellent). One thing I liked was the ratio of tofu they had to other things that I consider to be “filler” (onion, bell pepper, etc.). The sauce was quite good as well, and contributed greatly to the overall enjoyment of the dish.
Spicy Basil (listed as Basil on the to-go menu) at first did not wow me, but I asked for spicy fish sauce (prik nam pla) which raised the dish to one of the best I have had in the Oklahoma City area. This indicated that it had a very good underlying flavor but it just needed to be spicier (the dish comes at a default 3-star spice level but the waitress suggested that next time I should order it at 4 or 5). Actually I liked it just fine the way it was with the extra fish sauce and chile, and I would not have changed anything about the way the dish was prepared. The waitress said it was already made with fish sauce but what I added just intensified the flavor.
The vegetables on this dish were fresh and a little crunchy. Ingredients such as the carrots and green beans actually had a good flavor (not something I say often about carrots).
The Salad was also very good, but even better because it was free. I found the ginger dressing to have a good flavor, but you can also choose the regular dressing or get one of the two soups that are available (but I do not have a list of these).
A spring roll also comes with the lunch special (and this was one of the better spring rolls I have had).
I tend to put Thai tea into one of two categories–ones I like and ones that are disappointing. The one here was the former, so I was happy. However, I also liked it more than most.
Thai Delight has 17 lunch specials for $7.95, and there is a wide choice of items including basil, curry, cashew, ginger, eggplant, broccoli, and pad thai (each has a choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or veggie). There are also a couple of chicken dishes (my waitress said the spicy bamboo chicken was one of her favorite dishes here). There are also fish choices for $8.95 and duck for $11.95. I have to say that I was also impressed that the prices were the same in 2020 as they were when I made my first visit in 2016.
Japanese box lunch and sushi specials are also available for lunch.
The Thai menu is not quite as much of a bargain for dinner, but they do have quite a good selection of items. These include additional types of curry not available at lunch such as Panang, Massaman, and pineapple.
The bulk of the Japanese menu seems to be sushi, but it is mostly rolls with a small selection of a la carte sushi/sashimi. There are also Japanese dinners such as tempura, kutsu, and teriyaki.
I do not know if the restaurant is completely free of MSG, but I have not noticed that my food has had any.
The dining room was very large and comfortable (this is not the main reason I find this restaurant to be an enjoyable experience but it is part of it).
The service at lunch seems to be highly efficient for getting orders out quickly (something I noticed on both of my visits).
I was able to have some good conversations and ask some questions to the staff after the lunch crowd died down. One of the things I learned is that Thai cooks prepare the Thai food (one person for the curries and one for the stir fried dishes). The style of the food is from the Bangkok area, but the kao soi (egg noodles with yellow curry) is northern style. The bamboo chicken which I previously mentioned has a chile paste which is not made with coconut milk, and is this restaurant’s version of pad prik khing sauce.
I would give the tip to others that for many dishes the prik nam pla (spicy fish sauce) condiment they will give you seems to provide added flavor or to bring out the flavor that is already there (depending on which way you look at it).
I originally thought this restaurant had another location (also called Thai Delight) in Norman, however I found out that restaurant is owned by the same extended family but does not necessarily have the same food.
The Thai food here is the real deal, but they just do not have as many dishes on the menu as most restaurants that have a similar quality. The people who prepare the food are from Thailand, something I already pretty much figured out just from tasting the food. Many Thai restaurants in Oklahoma City have very good food, but I have to say that Thai Delight is one of my favorites.
I don’t know anything about the sushi here, except to say that they have quite a large variety of it.
Cuisine: Thai & Sushi
Hours: Open Daily (closed from 3 to 4:30 pm)
Accessible: Yes (look for the ramp on the north side of Charleston’s Restaurant)
Smoking: No smoking
Most Recent Visit: Jan. 23, 2020
Number of Visits: 2
Best Items: Fresh Ginger, Spicy Basil, Thai Tea