Thaikyo In Manalapan Debuts Renovations, New Buddha Bar And New Menu Items

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by Ileana Llorens Dec 15, 2015 11:53 AM

Thaikyo has a whole new look, complete with a new Buddha Bar.

The Asian fusion restaurant—located in Plaza del Mar in Manalapan—now boasts new art, new seating, new lighting and an expanded bar area. Thaikyo completed the renovations in November and celebrated with a grand reopening party Saturday. 

When guests enter the bar area, they’re greeted by a mural of the Buddha with a temple and river in the background. The painting, by artist William Manthy, inspired the name for the new lounge area, which the restaurant hopes will give its customers a “feeling of comfort, warm and relaxation.” 

“Thaikyo is a Thai and Japanese restaurant, and the goal was to have customers feel like they are stepping into one of those countries when they dine in,” a representative said. 

New dishes, such as pork osso bucco with Thai basil sauce and grilled whole calamari served with ponzu sauce, work to drive home the East-meets-West concept. 

The restaurant has also launched “Buddha Bar” Thursdays, when guests can enjoy specialty sushi and drink specials, as well as live entertainment. 

Take a peek at the renovations in the photos below: 

Buddha Bar

Buddha Bar

 Thaikyo Asian Cuisine; 201 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the Buddha Bar as teh Buddha Lounge. 

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