I had a conversation the other day about how much fun it’s been to visit various restaurants and write these stories for the Community Voice. I mentioned how I was amazed at the number of small, family owned restaurants that were good that I was finding in Cotati. And a lot of them, were found in and around the Oliver Market’s shopping center. That let to the question “when are you going to write about Spring Thai?” I guess the answer is “right now!”
Spring Thai is a Thai and Asian Fusion lunch and dinner restaurant located at 538 E. Cotati Ave next to Oliver’s Market. Their hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 until 9 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, they are open from 11 a.m. straight through until 9 p.m. They’ve been open since the fall of 2017. According to information on the web, the owner who goes by Mary S., and her husband operate the business together after many years of being in the industry and working for others.
Like most of the restaurants in this shopping center, their place is small but very clean and cozy. Two booths and a variety of tables sitting two to four persons each, at peak they probably can handle 32-36 customers at a time. During our late afternoon visit, only a few customers were present, and a single staff member was visible, although we could hear a couple of kitchen staff through the open doorway. The place was bright and the décor, including the fish tank, very pleasant. The wait staff was courteous, attentive and very friendly. You can dine in, take out, or have home delivery service through FoodJets.
I like to check the menu and reviews online before I visit a new restaurant. I found that Spring Thai has an active online presence. Their menu is online, they have a Facebook page and a website. I wasn’t sure what to expect. About 75 percent of Yelp reviews were very positive with ratings of 4 or 5; yet one quarter of the reviews were critical. It appears that you either love the place or not. Then again, not everyone loves Thai or Asian Fusion cuisine either. I was very impressed however that Mary S. took the time to respond to almost all the reviews posted. That showed me she cares very much about her business and wants to make it better. Following my own advice, I kept an open mind for our visit, and I’d recommend you do the same.
The food was good. We had the choice of spice level and I tend to go mild with mine; but if you want hot and spicy it’s available. The portions were ample, and the prices were reasonable. A variety of appetizers were available from spring rolls, to wings, fish cakes and pot stickers, to calamari rings. If you’re a soup or salad person, you have a few options to choose from. These include: Tom-Yum or Tom-Kha soups; and, Thai, English cucumber and avocado, or fresh spinach salads. You had your choice of entrees to include noodle, curry, fried rice and stir fry selections. Pad Thai and the Sea Wolf Combo seemed to be popular choices. Most lunch entrees cost between $9.99 to $10.99 with dinner servings between $11.99 to $13.99. Beer, wine, champagne and sake are available for adult beverages while nonalcoholic beverages such as canned soda, Thai iced coffee, hot tea, sparkling water, or coconut in the shell are also available.
Until next time, “Thanks for the Tip.”