It’s a sweet, sweet place – that is DOK MALI, a new Thai restaurant that opened its doors for the first time earier this month at 47 India Street on the East End of Portland.
The inspiration for DOK MALI came from Nonglack Thanephonesy, who was born in Thailand but was raised in the US. As a waitress in the Portland area in years past, she had always wanted to own her own restaurant. As of November 1, 2022, that dream came true.
However, the restaurant business is not new to the family. Sourasay Senesombath, father of Phonsavaha, owns the popular Capital Thai Kitchhen and Bar in Exeter, New Hampshire. It is ten years old.
Ms. Senesombath said the family oriented restaurant specializes in authentic Thai food. The menu is extensive and goes from soup to nuts. There is also an attractive bar. In total, the restaurant seats forty (40) people, including the bar area. The small size and cozy atmosphere makes for an intimate environment. And that is punctuated by the team of two friends who were on duty over the weekend. DOK MALI is a species of a very fragrant jasmine flower.
“This is a famly-oriented restaurant,” said Ms. Senesmbath. It’s also a friend-oriented restaurant. Ms. Senesombath and Ms. Angelova are friends from high school days and have collaborated on this project since its inception. Ms. Angelova is an architect with Barrett Made, Hanover Street, Portland, although she was not the architect on the project. Ms. Senesombath is finishing her education as a pharmacy student at the University of New England.
DOK MALI is closed on Mondays.