I just realized that we never called this The Villa Restaurant. We have always called it Thai Villa Restaurant. I am not sure whether it used to be called Thai Villa but it’s highly possible being that this is one of the longest running restaurants in Riyadh. It practically only serves Thai Food but they had to include Pinoy (slang for Filipino) at the signage because most of their customers are Filipinos given that Thai population in the Kingdom is quite small due to the embittered diplomatic relations triggered by the 1989 theft of gems by a Thai employee.
My favorites are their tom yum, spring rolls and beef garlic and my husband’s favorites are pad thai, rad na, hor mok and calamari.
Their restaurant isn’t fancy, the plates are not matching, somehow cheap looking and the restaurant interiors aren’t super inviting. They have refurbished their sign after 10 million years but the overall feels still seemed so old school.. but I guess that’s where the appeal comes from ergo the longevity.
It’s the taste that matters, I guess.
*The above five photographs were grabbed from Google Images
Taste: 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Ambiance: 2 out 5