My son and I decided to go Christmas shopping last Friday, and as you might expect, our number one priority was picking a place to eat lunch. We’re both big Asian foodies, so we settled on Thai. Since we were in the University-Aloma area, we decided to check out Thai Villa.
I’ve eaten at Thai Villa more times than I can count, but it’s been a couple of years (I changed jobs so my lunch hangouts changed too). Thai Villa is located at 7355 Aloma Avenue, in Winter Park, at the intersection of Palmetto and Aloma Avenue. The restaurant is in a tiny strip mall, and the parking is difficult and scarce.
The menu changed since my last visit. It seems like Thai Villa stepped up the presentation of food, and improved the ambiance a bit. We arrived right after they opened for lunch, so it wasn’t too crowded. The restaurant is small and quaint with only a few tables and about six booths.
We started with Thai ice teas, chicken satay, and crispy vegetable spring rolls. I, of course, had to take pics of every dish that was served. By the time the food came, the lunch crowd was quickly filling the place. The guys at the Siemens table laughed at me for taking photos of each mouth-watering dish, and thought it was hysterical that someone would even think to do so. We didn’t care. We chomped down on our satay and spring rolls and delighted in each bite.
The food is just as good as I remember, if not better. The portion sizes are more than enough, especially for lunch. We started with appetizers, then we ordered Phad Thai with beef and one of the lunch box specials. It was served with a smaller portion of the entrée (chicken with basil), plus rice, dumplings, salad, soup, and a few appetizers. We hoped for sticky rice with mango, but neither of us could fit it in. (We left nothing on our plates.)
Prices are more than affordable, too. The menu is rather complete, and it offers the dishes you would expect to find at a Thai restaurant and more. I couldn’t find a website for the restaurant, but you can view the menu on urbanspoon. We still have about seven days left before our family Christmas Eve celebration, so we might just be able to squeeze in another shopping day, and of course, another lunch at Thai Villa. I recommend you give it a try.