Town Brookhaven is the perfect place for a young couple to live. Condos and apartments reside atop a wall of stores, including but not limited to a bar, a coffee shop, and many retail stores. In the same shopping center there’s a Publix and a Costco, a movie theatre, and a diverse variety of restaurants, and I have an exotic Thai/sushi place to add to your list: Bua Thai.
One step into the restaurant and you’ll be visually impacted by the lotus theme, with lotus logos on the walls and menus, metallic lotus centerpieces at every table, and a huge display of fresh lotus blossoms in the middle of the restaurant.
On a Friday night, the place is packed with couples looking for a hip place to meet up, and on Saturday nights, families show up for a dinner together. You walk in and seat yourself, with each table packed tightly next to the other so that privacy is minimized and space is maximized. Efficiency seems to be an overall trend.
The diners chatter loudly over the contemporary music blasting in the restaurant, and the waiters speak as quickly as they move, hurrying the customers along.
I see people in t-shirts, dress shirts, and dresses…and I see grownups, friends, and families.
TL;DR: With the inexpensive menu but fancy decor, this place is perfect for all occasions, for everyone.
A sushi bar resides in the far left corner, with seating available if you want to watch magic take place. There’s a full bar in the right corner hosting the only non-Asian employee in the restaurant (as far as I’m aware), a white bartender.
Bathroom quality: check.
The main outdoor dining area is closed off by a gate, complete with awning and ceiling fans. The other area is more lounge-ish, adjacent from the outdoor seating of the Mediterranean restaurant next door.
Let’s talk authenticity. Most of the staff is Asian – pretty good sign. The decor is on point, with all its warm tones and dark woods and whatnot. The dishes, however, are one entree per diner, not traditionally family style.
However, what this restaurant lacks in tradition, it gains in a trendy, contemporary atmosphere that helps to attract a younger, more diverse crowd. I genuinely enjoy that balance.
The menu doesn’t overwhelm nor underwhelm. The items on it are diverse enough and sectioned off into categories like “noodles” or “stir-fries” etc.
The wait for our sushi was around ten minutes, and the wait for our entrees was about ten minutes after that; really quite bearable, considering how busy the restaurant can become.
We ordered the Uana tempura roll, which featured shrimp, eel, and avocado, in my favorite eel sauce. We also got the popular California roll, with the classic crab, avocado and cucumber. What shall I say about the sushi? It tasted as above average as sushi can taste. The portion sizes were additionally above average, a pattern reflected in pretty much all of our entrees. The prices ($10.25 and $7.95 for 6 pieces, respectively) seemed fair but the slightest bit of whining might be acceptable.
For a family of four, we received two small complimentary bowls of white rice, which makes my knees go weak. Probably wasn’t enough, so we ordered another bowl, which they did end up charging us for. Oh well.
When our food arrived, it was decorated with edible purple flowers and served on minimalist white platters to truly showcase the diverse textures and colors.
Final check turned to be $67 including an appetizer-like sushi platter and an unjustifiably expensive dessert, with each entree rounding out to about $13 or so dollars.
Then I went again with my friend Josh, this time during lunch time on a weekday, and we got some more exciting dishes! This time, the restaurant was much less busy and we sat outside; our food took at most, ten minutes to prepare. I ordered a glass of bubble tea, which came incredibly sweet with decent quality boba pearls, topped with whipped cream. For $3, it was around the price that normal bubble tea joints (such as the one I work at) offer them for, and it came more lavish and fancy in comparison. I might order it again.
In comparison to other places I’ve recently visited, Bua Thai stood out to me because the decor of the place was just so visually appealing. It made the overall ambiance of the restaurant memorable, and I could barely believe the prices that I saw on their menus, given the fancy-shmancy atmosphere.
705 Town Blvd Q330, Atlanta, GA 30319