SOUTHINGTON — Uncle Jack Thai Restaurant is looking to offer unique and authentic dishes in its downtown Plantsville location.
Phangphan Phatphongvet and his wife Nutchai Kumsalia, formerly of New Jersey, are serving recipes from Phatphongvet’s mother. The restaurant at 13 W. Main St. opened late last month.
“So far so good,” Phatphongvet said. “Customers keep talking about my food. They like it.”
The restaurant name is eaiser to say than Phatphongvet’s name, he said, and conveyed the familiar atmosphere he is trying to create. Thus far, soups and noodles have been among the most popular dishes, along with duck. Curry and basil duck meals are among his unique offerings, Phatphongvet said.
The restaurant also offers rice dishes, soups, salads, curries, meat and seafood entrees and specials such as Uncle Jack’s fried rice.
The location, at the intersection of Route 10 and West Main Street, was formerly occupied by Vnam Kitchen. Phatphongvet renovated some of the interior and redecorated last year when getting ready to open.
On Friday afternoon Nathan Huang, who works next door, stopped in for a taro bubble tea. The restaurant has a number of unique drinks that he’s been trying since Uncle Jack opened.
“They have a lot more variety,” Huang said.
Phatphongvet said he offers dine-in and take out. He’s looking for drivers for delivery. He considered Uber Eats but decided against it because he felt the company took too large a percentage of the order.
Dinner has been his busiest time.
Dean Michanczyk owns the building as well as other nearby property and businesses such as Dean’s Stove and Spa. He’s renovating several nearby buildings as part of an expansion for his business.