Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine in Thunderbolt is a fabulous Thai restaurant with an atmosphere elegant enough to take a date or celebrate a special occasion but also casual enough to pop in for a weeknight dinner. Chiriya’s, originally on Abercorn Street across from Oglethorp Mall, has been in business for seven years and is owned and operated by Chiriya Kaewcharoen-Moore and her oldest son Justin.
Chiriya was born in Thailand and immigrated to the US in 1976. After studying English for a few years she entered Kapiolani Community College on Oahu where she studied culinary arts. After college, she worked at John Dominis, an upscale and popular restaurant in Honolulu. Working in the restaurant inspired her to open her own restaurant one day but these plans were put on hold until she and her family settled down in Savannah in 1996. In 2006, her two boys were old enough to be on their own so she took a chance on her dream and opened the first Chiriya’s Thai Cuisine in Chatham Plaza. She successfully brought together her native Thai culture, her love for Hawaiian culture and her sense of style to put her restaurant on the map as the best restaurant for Thai and Hawaiian cuisine in Savannah. Chiriya operated the location at Chatham Plaza until December 2012 but she decided to close her doors and open a new location on Victory Drive in Thunderbolt with her son Justin as co-owner and head chef.
At Chiriya’s you can find delicious starters, authentic soups & salads and a variety of Thai foods such as stir-fry, curries and Thai noodles. Plus, for those customers worried about consuming meat, all entrees can also be made vegetarian by substituting tofu in your meal. If you’ve loved Thai food for years or maybe haven’t given it a try yet, take a chance on Chiriyas – it will open your eyes to delicious Thai and Hawaiian cuisine! For more information about Chiriya’s Thai Food and to check out the menu visit www.chiriya.com.