“We want people to enjoy the experience of trying new things.”
Nattha’s Bann Thai Asianwhich is located at 6970 E. 22nd St. #100, has a good month under its belt – serving a variety of traditional and authentic Cantonese Thai and Chinese dishes.
The restaurant took over the former Beijing Palace venue and is owned and operated by husband and wife business partners Nattha and Eric Post. The dynamic duo and their executive chef Tam “Sam” Quan let it be known that they all share a passion for cooking and serving others – what Eric calls a “labor of love”.
“Nattha’s Bann Thai Asian is an opportunity for us to invite the restaurant community to taste the result of our passion and dedication to serving authentic, accessible and delicious Asian cuisine,” he said. “We want people to enjoy the experience of trying new things, but also to feel comfortable eating the familiar dishes they love.”
How it all began
Both Eric and Nattha grew up around food.
In Nattha’s native Thailand, she learned to cook the country’s traditional cuisine. In 2018, she moved to the United States and fell in love with Tucson. After working in several Thai restaurants, she is now ready to share her knowledge and experience of Asian cuisine.
Eric is originally from Tucson and learned to cook from his Italian mother and by working at a local pizzeria at the time. In the 80s and 90s, he took another route and became a helicopter pilot at sea for a tuna boat. However, whenever he had the chance, he helped with the cooking on the boat and eventually took several cooking classes.
Over time, Nattha and Eric found themselves attending Blue Elephant and Napali cooking schools in Thailand to further their knowledge of cooking.
So what’s on the menu?
Although the restaurant is housed in the former palace in Beijing, Nattha’s Bann Thai Asian has its own take on Asian cuisine, creating an alliance between Thai and Cantonese Chinese traditions and techniques.
There’s a lot going on on the menu, too. It is full of diverse offerings like its AppetizerThaizerswhich includes Yum Nua (grilled beef salad) and Yum Woon Sen (vermicelli salad with prawns and ground pork). Lighter fare options can be in their soup options, like Tom Kha (coconut milk) and Tom Sabb (pork ribs).
If you continue further down the menu you will find Thai curries including Red, Green, Yellow, Moussamanand Panang. Stir-fried Thai noodles such as pad thai and Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles) and stir-fried Thai rice like Pad Prik King (with crispy pork belly) and Pad Krathim (garlic chicken) also cannot be overlooked.
There’s plenty more on the menu, including lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it’s likely to require several trips. Fortunately, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Nattha’s Bann Thai Asian is located at 6970 E. 22nd St. #100. To learn more, visit natthasbannthai.com or dial (520) 750-9614.