Thai cuisine has replaced the cooking of India on Commerce Avenue.
Gyee Lay Gyee opened last month at 1312 Commerce, where Ganesh Indian Cuisine used to be. The new restaurant offers fresh sushi and authentic Thai food, said owner Aye Moe, 43, of Portland.
Moe said she cooks family recipes handed down to her as well as recipes she learned while working as a cook in Thailand. She was born in Myanmar, located next to Thailand, and worked in Thailand 10 years. She moved to the United States 14 years ago.
Longview didn’t have much Thai cuisine, and Moe, who owns two Haggen sushi franchises in Oregon City and Tualatin, said she wanted to open an independent restaurant.
“She wanted to make people happy in Longview with her food,” said Moe’s boyfriend, Kyi Aye.
Aye, Moe and Moe’s older son are the only employees now, but Moe says she intends to hire more staff.
Aye and Moe painted the place and added a sushi bar, new kitchen equipment and new restrooms.
“When we came here all there was were tables and chairs,” Aye said, adding that he and Moe borrowed $50,000 from family and friends to open the business.
Among the restaurant’s most ordered dishes are pad Thai, yellow curry and tempura sushi, Aye said.
Jaclyn Kotkins and Ben Fenison, a Rainier couple dining in the restaurant last week, said they enjoyed Gyee Lay Gyee.
“I’ve had tempura at other places and this is good and really fresh,” Kotkins said of her shrimp and vegetable tempura roll. Fenison agreed.
“I give it a 4.2 out of 5,” Fenison said of his crunchy shrimp roll. “It’s good and it’s fresh. We would come again.”
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 7 p.m. Sunday.
It offers a $8.99 lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and takes orders to go. To place an order or for more information call 360-577-3956.
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Shira Moskowitz covers Kelso city government, local social services and Columbia County (Ore.) for The Daily News. Reach her at 360-577-2542 or email@example.com.