Royal Thai Cuisine in Newport Beach is a dressed up Thai restaurant. It has been open for 27 years, making it one of the oldest in Orange County. Another Royal Thai Cuisine is in Laguna Beach, at 1750 S. Coast Hwy.
The cuisine features foods from all regions of Thailand. There is marinated grilled chicken and green papaya salad from the province of Issan in the Northeast, salty sour curries from the North, more sophisticated Bangkok cookery from Central Thailand (most familiar to us) — with lots of noodles, stir-frys and a balance of spicy, sweet, hot and sour — and, finally, spicy and colorful Muslim-influenced foods from the South, with an emphasis on seafood and vegetables.
The large dining area is framed by a high-beamed ceiling, big semicircular windows at one end of the room and a wood-burning fireplace on the other, with walls adorned by mural-sized Thai paintings. Lots of greenery softens the space and a separate, attractive bar/lounge is next to the entry hall.