About

A little bit about our story and our family & staff

Our restaurant and family are uniquely American. Arriving in Connecticut in the 1980s from Cambodia by way of Thailand and upstate New York, now four generations of our family live in Connecticut. We have gone through the West Hartford Public School system and are at home here in Connecticut. In West Hartford. In this very restaurant where you are a part of our family from the moment you walk in the door.

We pay special attention to take care of the community we are a part of:

  • We use local produce as much as we can, supporting Connecticut and New England farmers and distributors who are our friends and neighbors. Local produce spends less time on a truck, so it is fresher and has less environmental impact. Buying local keeps jobs in Connecticut and supports our local economy;
  • We offer gluten-free versions of most of our dishes for those with specific dietary needs. If you let your server know ahead of time, we can also accommodate other food allergies and other restrictions;
  • We recycle our cooking oil through a partnership with Connecticut BioFuels into biodiesel, a clean-burning biodegradable non-toxic diesel alternative, helping to reduce negative environmental impact and reliance on overseas oil;
  • We participate in neighborhood events, town-wide festivals, regional fundraisers, and more! West Hartford and Connecticut have given a lot to our family, and it is our goal to give back even more.

But even as we focus our attention on being a contributing member of this community, at the end of the day, it comes down to your dining experience. Dishes can be customized to any individual and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can do their best to help you navigate our menu.

Come join us and become a part of our family!

Soden Tek, Owner/Executive Chef

Soden arrived from a Thai refugee camp in the States with his family as a young boy, the 4th of five children. He spent every night at his mother and grandmother’s elbows in the kitchen, watching them expertly cook Thai and Cambodian dishes – both traditional and updated for their new homeland. He dreamed of one day being able to share his passion for Southeast Asian cuisine with the country that he now called home.

He majored in Diet & Nutrition at UMass-Amherst, but always kept his family’s kitchen close in his heart. Now Soden uses his experiences as a student of both his family and his college to inform his cooking. He prepares traditional Thai dishes with flair and authenticity that is so hard to find, but he never stops innovating, adding new dishes to his repertoire all the time.


See Soden in action on NBC CT!

 

Sohors Tek-Tan, Manager

Sohors is the oldest sibling in the Tek family, and has been helping Soden as manager from Day One. A real “people person,” Sohors is a welcome sight for sore eyes and hungry stomachs!

Sohors holds an MBA in Finance from Salve Regina University.