Hello Thai & Yakitori is more of an invitation than a greeting at this Rockrimmon restaurant.
However, expect to be warmly welcomed upon entering this small restaurant. We were there for a takeout order, which we placed online. Telephone orders are also accepted.
After selecting the date and time to collect our food, there was more to do. Most entrees include protein choices (chicken or tofu), spice level, and additions. Any adjustments, such as omissions, can also be noted for each entry. The questions are the same as a waiter would ask; nevermind.
We arrived about 10 minutes early for our order. Any wait was our fault as the food was packed and ready to go at the time we had agreed online. Nevertheless, the woman at the counter apologized for our wait. We did the same.
The delay was not a negative as our vantage point allowed us to watch the food being prepared. This only heightened our anticipation.
Six Rangoon Light Brown Crabs ($5.99) were crispy, making it a perfect counterpart to their cream cheese, onion, and crab filling. The combination of textures was not lost on the journey to our kitchen counter.
Traditional Thai dishes are featured, including several curries, fried rice variations, and noodle options. Among the starters that caught our eye was something simply called “Orange” ($12.99).
Bites of fried chicken are coated in a bright, sweet and tangy orange sauce. Broccoli, carrots, onions and orange slices complete the dish. The orange pulp in the sauce made me appreciate its freshness more. It comes with jasmine rice.
Since yakitori is part of the name, we’d be remiss not to order it. Grilled and lightly marinated chicken pieces are served in bento boxes. In other words, they are only part of a meal. Hello Thai offers 18 bento boxes including 14 with yakitori. We ordered Bento #4 ($8.99). This includes two skewers, a choice of white, brown, or jasmine rice, miso soup, two onion rings, and coleslaw.
While waiting, I noticed a small sign offering yakitori sauce for sale. Although there was a lot of sweet and savory sauce included in the order, I see the point of ordering a larger quantity. It made something even better.
The chicken was tender, the onion rings (battered in panko) were crisp, and the coleslaw was creamy, which balanced out with the saltiness of the other foods.
The problem when ordering takeout is missing the plating. Miso soup, for example, when it is to go, comes in a polystyrene cup. All but one of the containers were made of the same environmentally unfriendly material.
The basil fried rice ($12.99) was our least favorite dish. We are responsible for that too. More heat was needed and I ordered mild. It’s a large amount of fried jasmine rice with thin slices of chicken, green and red peppers, onions and a decent amount of Thai basil. This avoided the blandness.
Another problem with takeout is the lack of friendliness and atmosphere that a restaurant provides. Based on our brief expectation, Hello Thai & Yakitori has the former in abundance.
Hello Thai & Yakitori
The description: Thai cuisine on the spot or to take away
Location : 6626 Delmonico Drive
Contact: 719-265-9168; hellothaiyakitori.com
Hours: 11am-8.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 12pm-8.30pm Saturday and Sunday (closed Tuesday)
Details: Credit cards accepted. Wireless.
Favourite dishes : Yakitori Bento Box, Orange
Other: Gluten-free and vegan options available.