First look: Thailicious opens in Edgewater

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All photos by Lori Midson.

Back in October, when I announced that a new Thai restaurant --Thailicious -- was opening in Edgewater, I also recounted a weird incident that occurred when I came face-to-face with Ramon Garcia, the restaurant's rather odd general manager, whose suspicious nature resulted in an ID check. Garcia, not surprisingly, is no longer at Thalicious, but the restaurant's owner, Nithiwadee (Bee) Anantatho, who couldn't be more gracious, is, as is her husband and chef Surachai Surbotsopon, both of whom are originally from Bangkok but moved to Denver in 2011 to join Surbotsopon's sister-in-law and open a restaurant indicative of their heritage. "I love food, especially Thai food, and when we first moved to Denver, my sister-in-law took me to lots of Thai places, and I realized that there was something missing -- something more special that we could offer to guests," says Anantatho. "We wanted to open a restaurant that was more relaxed and elegant, and we wanted to introduce some Thai dishes that were representative of Bangkok -- dishes that we hadn't seen in Denver," she adds.

See also: Thailicious, a "beyond expectation" Thai restaurant opening in Edgewater in early December

To that end, the space is lovely, with tufted velvet banquettes; vivid original artwork, including a hand-painted map of Thailand; hanging baskets that, at one point, were used to capture fish and chicken; wooden picture frames that double as dividers; and a wall stacked with plastic bins brimming with fruits and vegetables. And while they're not real, the display adds a rainbow of bright colors. And the menu follows suit, featuring beautifully presented curries punctuated with bold spices, alongside less familiar dishes like the Thai volcano with chicken and glass noodles glistening with a sauce of sesame, and the kao mok gai, a biryani-style dish with chicken and saffron rice.

In the future, Anantatho plans to conduct cooking classes, and she hopes that the community table, which seats twelve, will encourage friends and strangers to swap stories and share dishes. "We want this to be a place where people can leave work behind and relax, enjoy each other's company and eat the kind of food that we loved when we were in Bangkok," she says.

Thalicious is open daily for lunch and dinner, and there's a liquor license, too, which includes beer, wine and cocktails. Here's a first look at what you can expect.


Location Info

Thailicious

2045 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO

Category: Restaurant


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WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

I checked out Thailicious last night. The place was fairly empty but I saw no glaring problems with the service. The staff was friendly and attentive. 


The space was modern and clean while still feeling homey. I thought the food was really fresh and tasty. It was as good as or better than it's neighbor US Thai. 


Keep on improving and you'll have a long lasting business.

Up_Hill_from_Denver
Up_Hill_from_Denver

Been To Thailand 8 times in the last 18 years, this food is great. They have some things I have not seen in local restaurants. While not perfect, the service is definitely improving from first trip during their soft opening. The people are personable, and working hard at getting better. Give it a try, I think you will be happy.

Dennis Scalf
Dennis Scalf

Not a bad place to grub on. Went there w/ Jacquelyn an enjoyed ourselves considering we were the only ones there lol. Paul was funny young lad but he told about the Westword person who was in there an took the chopsticks lol. The sticks were cool but not to take from an up an comin restaurant, tisk tisk Westword.

Sam Bissell
Sam Bissell

What u lack in Thai is made up by having lots of Korean. I'm pretty sure some of the best Korean is over by you.

Esther DeVore
Esther DeVore

I unfortunately haven't had very much Thai in denver, wish there was good Thai on my side of the city!

Sam Bissell
Sam Bissell

Ever been to US Thai in Edgewater? They are excellent! Been on Main St. for years. Just drove passed Thailicious about 20 minutes ago & remarked on it. Will definitely try it. It's a few doors over from a Pho place. Edgewater has ethnic food covered pretty well.

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

Agree with comments from main article...that it is after all in Edgewater, in a strip mall, and the servers are probably family. But the food is good, and doesn't taste like a dive's food. I hope they can attract diners who can overlook the surrounding establishments.

Aaron Betcher
Aaron Betcher

the place that was there before was awful. it was good for about a year then quality went down hill. hope this place is better. hard to compete with us thai.

thailiciousdenver
thailiciousdenver

@Churro@davebarnes


Thank you very much for your valuable suggestions. Since we've just opened for 2 weeks and we didn't expect this much support from the customers at the very beginning of the business. We are really appreciated.  

At first, we didn't have enough staffs at the front of the house. We admitted that the service at the beginning needed some improvements. From now, my husband and I will focus on the service (at the first place, we spent a lot of time making sure that the food is great).

With our experience in this industry and restaurant management background, the service will be improved (actually it is improving). Please kindly give us a chance to satisfy you.


Thank you,


Bee, Thailicious.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

"Thailicious"?  Sounds like a dive.  Being in Edgewater, it very well may be.  No comments from mantonat, please.

Churro
Churro

They need serious help with their service. They have about two weeks customer service experience combined. Quote: "This is my first job"

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

The food is delicious. Try the Thai Volcano.

The atmosphere is inviting.

Sitting on the patio in warm weather will be great.

The service is messed up. I suspect they have friends or family doing service and it shows. Need a pro to come in and whip it into shape.

thailiciousdenver
thailiciousdenver

Thank you very much for visiting us. And I'd like to clarify the 'Chopsticks story'. I've heard a lot of compliments about them. But it was the misunderstanding about someone from Westword took them from the restaurant. No one had taken them from the restaurant. ALL OF THE CHOPSTICKS are still at Thailicious and ready to serve customers. :))  

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@foodcrazy Aww, where's the love, grumpy? Have fun at Applebee's.

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