top of page
A woman in traditional Thai costume
Rice paddy

Khao" means rice in Thai. Rice has been an integral part of Thai culture and history for thousands of years; Thai culture, beliefs, traditions, customs and values are all established and molded around being a rice civilization. Rice is also important to Thai culture due to its nutritional and life-giving benefits. In Thailand, a meal is not considered complete unless rice is served and even the verb “to eat” (kin khao) literally translates to “eat rice.” The name Khao Thai was given by our dearest mother Mrs. Anong Chiturai. Our Head Chef: Ms. Nitaya Chiturai. Nitaya has over 40 years of experience as a chef, having worked in the world-famous Chatuchak Market, then as a chef for the Thai embassy in the Netherlands, and finally as a chef at the United Nations Regional headquarters in Bangkok. Our kitchen staff members are constantly maintaining a high standard of food freshness and quality in the preparation of all of their meals, to ensure your satisfaction. Khao Thai is with Thai Select.  The Thai Select program assesses cooking methods in restaurant kitchens and verifies their use of Thai ingredients and food products. “At least 60 per cent of dishes offered on the menu must be authentic Thai cuisine and the cooking methods must be the same or very similar to those in Thailand,”We first opened our doors to the public on March 28, 2004, with the official grand opening ceremony being held a few weeks later on Thai New Year’s day, ( April 13 ). Our goal is to provide Ottawa with a truly authentic Thai dining experience, providing traditional Thai dishes from throughout Thailand in an authentic Thai dining atmosphere. We offer a variety of craft cocktails and an extended wine list.

Kob kun kha,

Bon Appetit

Par Chiturai

bottom of page