‘Watts for Dinner’: High marks for Thai Udon Café

Will Watts
Shrimp papaya salad from Thai Udon Café, Naples.

One of the best things about visiting a Thai restaurant for the first time is discovering that one dish that this restaurant has, that none of the others had before it. And we were not disappointed this go ‘round.

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Thai Udon Café has three locations in Southwest Florida, and for the purpose of this review, we were dining at the cozy Premier Way location.

I started my meal with the tum kha soup. Much like the tum yum soup, this dish is a lemongrass soup with mushrooms and scallions. The only difference is mine had the coconut broth. It comes with your choice of chicken, tofu, shrimp or vegetables for $5.95 or a seafood mix for $6.95. I picked the shrimp.

Chicken mango curry from Thai Udon Café, Naples.

This soup was a beautiful melody of ingredients and didn’t skimp on the shrimp. It reminded me of a red coconut curry dish. We were off to a good start.

My partner in dine picked the shrimp papaya salad ($10.95) for a starter. It features the namesakes, as well as tomato, green beans and peanuts. It got high marks for freshness, quality and taste.

For my main entrée I had pad kea mao ($13.95 to $26.95 depending on what you add). It’s a flat rice noodle sautéed with bamboo shoots, bell pepper, snow peas, carrot, basil leaves and chili sauce. You can have it with chicken, beef, mixed vegetables, tofu, mixed seafood, lobster or a combination. I picked chicken.

Tum kha soup from Thai Udon Café, Naples.

You also get to pick your heat level. This being my first time, I went with a medium spicy. But this dish was on the mild side for me and I could have easily leveled up (next time). Otherwise, this was a solid performer.

Pad kea mao from Thai Udon Café, Naples.

My dining companion picked a chicken mango curry ($15.95) featuring plentiful big chunks of mango. It also had broccoli and basil leaves. This is the dish we had never encountered before. Yes, we’d had many curry dishes, but never mango. He raved about this dish.

Thai Udon Café is just about as good as Thai gets, without a passport.

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If you go

Thai Udon Cafe

  • 5926 Premier Way #116, Naples
  • 239-596-7331
  • thaiudoncafe.com/


  • 409 5th Ave S, Naples
  • 239-331-2079


  • 10952 Eagle Village Dr #400 D
  • 239-673-6868