My coworkers and I came here for lunch one day for a farewell and congratulatory lunch! Coconut Bay is a Thai restaurant and bar on the southwest corner of Nogales and Gale right off the 60 freeway. It’s very spacious inside, and it’s a good place to watch basketball games since there are flat screen tvs all over the restaurant. Their lunch menu offers a choice of an entree for $8.50 or $9.50, and it comes with either mushroom tom yum soup or salad, and a drink (unlimited refills of Thai iced tea, Thai iced coffee, or soda)! If you don’t want a drink, you can get $1 off your lunch.
The food is really good here, and the portions are big enough to feed two people. The soup and salad options are unique here with the fruit on the salad and mushroom tom yum soup. The soup is simple with just enoki mushrooms in a lemongrass-infused broth. I ordered the pad thai, but other options for $8.50 are pad see ew, continental fried rice, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki salmon, crispy chicken Hainam rice, Thai-style bbq pork, Thai fried rice, chicken with basil, and others. Pad Thai is a typical Thai dish, and it doesn’t vary much in flavor, but I like Coconut Bay’s version because it’s really moist and comes with chicken, shrimp, and egg. We ordered two appetizers- crab morsels and hand rolls. The crab morsels are made with a seasoned mixture of crab meat, diced shrimp, ground pork and chopped jicama, wrapped in beancurd skin and deep fried. It also comes with plum sauce for dipping. The hand rolls are an interesting combination of Chinese sausages, tofu, cucumbers, and bean sprouts, hand-wrapped in fresh egg roll skins, and topped with shrimp and traditional hand roll sauce.