February 23 – March 1| 2011
Indochine racked up three awards: Best Restaurant Overall, Best Thai/Vietnamese and Best Atmosphere
Indochine has many elements working for it: delicious, authentic Asian cuisine, a super helpful staff, a jungle-like oasis, filled with tropical plants, flowers and oriental carpentry to adore. But owner Solange Thompson would like to see the restaurant become an educational spot, too.
“Wilmington is becoming a nice cultural center,” she says, “and I want Indochine to be an Asian Art Center for the schools.”
Every inch of the building is adorned with artwork from Thailand and Vietnam, along with sculptures and décor indigenous to the area. That it has taken Best Atmosphere numerous years running in Encore’s Best Of poll is no surprise. And that it continues topping the categories Best Thai and Best Restaurant Overall isn’t only from the fresh ingredients used in delectable dishes, like panang curry or drunken noodles, it’s also because of Thompson’s number one philosophy in running a successful restaurant: “I always tell my staff, customer is king!”
Seemingly, the message has been conveyed loud and clear, too, especially when judging by the overflowing parking lot at Wayne Road and Market Street any given night of the week. Regulars are a dime a dozen at Indochine, but not one is overlooked. “I remind myself and my staff to be grateful for the business we receive,” Thompson continues. “As long as you do the job with passion and sincerity, success will follow.”
Article by Shea Carver & Bethany Turner
Photography by Justin Mitchener