Rai Lay Thai
- 11AM-3PM, 5PM-9:50PM
This is definitely my new favorite Thai place in Charlotte. I've been twice now, and the food is so good and much higher quality than other Thai restaurants I've been to - it feels very fresh and not heavy. The service was also good and the food came out fast!
I really enjoy Thai food and introduced my wife to the cuisine on our maiden trip to this restaurant in Charlotte. Long story short - food is awesome and for spice lovers the aromatic spicy dishes will be a heavenly treat. My wife ordered drunken noodles and they were one of the best tasting drunken noodles I had. I tried the distinctive dish from northern Thailand with a coconut base at a 4 star spice level. I was sweating and breathing fire - a wonderful and rare experience. You can choose the spice level per your taste. The place is small and gets congested with the evening/weekend crowd but it is totally worth it.
Green curry sauce has deteriorated. Tasted like pure fish sauce and they must not have fermented it long enough because I had bad stomach issues the next morning. Eggplant was undercooked and tofu was squishy and soaked up the thin green curry= fish sauce. I think they now have too many take out orders (they told me 10 min for pick up but when I got there, it took another 15 as I waited for 3 door dashers to pick up several orders). I think the door dash recipients might be disappointed if they ordered the green curry tonight. Wont be going back any time soon.
Service was great. Drinks never went empty. Will definitely go again.
I've been on the search for the best Thai food in Charlotte, and boy, have I found it. I first discovered Rai Lay on Instagram (food looked AMAZING) and decided to give it a try after being unimpressed with the others around the area. I was absolutely blown away by the quality, atmosphere, and affordability. It's also family-friendly, which with a loud toddler is always so appreciated. Can't recommend enough!