LAYTON— If you’re looking for a taste of Asia, 99 Thai Fusion has a variety of authentic dishes that will make you feel like you’re there.
The restaurant recently opened at 768 W. 1425 North in Layton. “We have another restaurant in Ogden,” said owner Manop Tanapanit. “It’s been open for five years. The menu here is about 80 percent the same but I’ve added some things.”
Tanapanit has lived in the United States for about 11 years. He used his hometown of Chiang Mai in Thailand as inspiration for the interior of the restaurant.
“It’s a big city,” he said. “It’s hard to get stuff from Thailand but I’ve ordered things from my hometown to bring in. It looks like Thailand.”
Tanapanit said some restaurants only serve food from the capital of Thailand, but 99 Thai Fusion has menu items from Bangkok, the east side and the north featuring soups, salads, Thai barbecue, stir-fry and curries.
“A lot of people who have gone to Thailand say they are used to eating the food in a certain area,” he said. “Sometimes people in the north don’t know what people in the east eat. So I have special dishes from the different areas.”
Utah is a long way from home, but Tanapanit enjoys living here. “Thailand is very busy but Utah is good and not so busy,” he said. “I had a friend from America who lived in Thailand, he suggested Utah. I worked for Job Corps cooking for students and cooked for many restaurants.”
Now he’s put those skills to use at his own restaurants and hopes 99 Thai Fusion will be a success.
“There are very good people here who are really nice,” he said. “I like Utah so I stayed here.”
99 Thai Fusion is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.