Very few people in Mobile, Alabama will ever go to Thailand, but then they don’t really need to thanks to Sivaporn Nimityongskul, better known as Nimit. As the owner/manager of Bangkok Thai Cuisine, she has brought a hefty slice of Thai culture and cuisine to the people of Mobile.
In 1991 she built her first restaurant in a suburb of the coastal Alabama city, and ten years later she opened a second restaurant on its busiest thoroughfare, Airport Boulevard. Both restaurants feature authentic Thai cuisine prepared by Thai cooks, using the best ingredients available. According to Nimit, “It doesn’t matter if you have the best chef in the world if you don’t also use the freshest vegetables and seafood and the finest quality meats and poultry in your restaurant.” Surrounded by farmland and the Gulf of Mexico the Mobile area can easily provide high quality ingredients to Bangkok Thai Cuisine’s two locations.
Both restaurants are furnished with carved teak tables and chairs from Thailand. But the Airport Boulevard location is a bit more upscale with pine paneled walls and intimate lighting. It features a variety of seating arrangements, with booths along two walls and carved teak panels to assure privacy. The central area houses a number of small tables grouped in a variety of ways to accommodate small and large parties, and the rear area is intimately screened off in one corner to meet the needs of guests who desire more privacy. Throughout the restaurant carved teak screens and wooden screens brightly painted in traditional Thai motifs provide flexibility in defining particular areas depending on the needs of any given day. Three walls of the restaurant are adorned with a series of colorful paintings that depict the life of Buddha interspersed with an assortment of mirrors with carved teak frames.