Last week, the boy and I decided we would explore a bit of the south California coast. We had lunch in Laguna Beach, gelato in Long Beach, and stopped in Malibu for dinner. After all the hype about Malibu, I was unimpressed. It might also be because it took forever to get there and we only saw a small slice of it. We were starving so I pulled out my phone and scanned Yelp.
I was in the mood for Thai and Yelp delivered Cholada’s Thai Beach Cuisine with an impressive 150+ favorable reviews. That was enough for us to want to try it. This beach Thai restaurant is literally the definition of a “hole in the wall.” You’ll recognize it off of PCH as a bright blue building. Parking is tight. There are roughly 5 spots near the restaurant and if you don’t find parking, there is space at the motel/hotel nearby.
Inside, the space is cramped. If you’re claustrophobic, I suggest dining elsewhere. We had a small wait to be seated and in that 10 minute window a line formed out the door. We were lucky to be inside. Even though it was summer, it was getting a bit chilly by the coast. Seating is another challenge here. Tables are pushed together and there’s no dilly dallying allowed over the menu. They come by once for your drink order and once again for your meal order. Demand is high so they want to move things quickly. If you want casual dining, you can sit out on their “patio” but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s behind their restaurant and you get a view of a wall.
I started with oolong tea. Most oolong tea I’ve had has had a strong flavor, this one was fruity. I’m not a big fan of fruity
tea but I could tolerate the mild fruit flavor. For dinner we decided on the Thai fried rice, Gang Luang (yellow chicken curry), and the Drunken Noodles. My usual favorite at a Thai restaurant is the Pad Thai and the Chicken curry but the boy wanted to try something different so we went with the Drunken noodles. Surprisingly enough, that was my favorite dish.
The Thai fried rice was mushy. The tomatoes were not ripe and tasted bitter. The Chicken curry was overwhelmingly sweet and the vegetables tasted as though they had sat in the broth too long. They turned to mush in my mouth. The Drunken noodles were a combo of flat rice noodles, bell peppers, and chicken in a spicy mint leaf sauce. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors. I enjoyed my noodles with my tea. The rest I sadly had to ignore and hoped it would be better the next day as leftovers (it wasn’t).
I’m hoping we made some poor menu choices. Surely, a 150 Yelpers can’t be wrong. As of right now, I wouldn’t drive out of my way to visit Malibu for their Thai food unless I’m there and craving their Drunken noodles.