Review: Sister’s Thai in Old Town Fairfax


By Christine Viray, Staff Writer

Known as “Sisters–the Living Room Café” or “Sisters Thai” for short, this picturesque restaurant is easily accessible to Mason students who want to try something new or are just craving Thai food. The restaurant has a lot to offer anyone exploring Old Town Fairfax with family or friends, including a wide selection of entrees, Thai street food, freshly baked goods, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Friendly staff immediately greet customers, who are welcomed by the restaurant’s homey atmosphere as soon as they walk through the door. Parallel to the restaurant’s doors, cakes and a chalkboard menu show the unique variety of desserts and beverages that customers can order.

Customers can choose from different seating areas. On the left side, customers can sit on chairs or couches and enjoy the energetic décor, which includes clocks and framed photographs lit by a chandelier.  On the right side, customers can sit on chairs or at booths in front of a full bookshelf spanning the entire length of the wall.

While the restaurant’s interior is a little bit smaller compared to other restaurants in Old Town Fairfax, people will find it difficult to find a restaurant with the same service, quality of food, and interior as Sisters Thai. Customers are free to call and make a reservation if they are are worried about finding a space in the restaurant.

Even though the food is limited to Thai cuisine, it’s worth trying because the portions are bigger than the ones served at other restaurants and the food itself is high-quality.  If a customer orders Drunken Noodles (a non-alcoholic dish) for example, they would be able to share it with three or four people because the restaurant’s staff wants people to get their money’s worth.

The cakes at Sisters Thai are definitely worth having as well because they are not like cheap and sponge-like store-bought cakes. When customers order a chocolate cake at Sisters Thai, they can easily taste how rich the chocolate is and how it isn’t comparable to the cheap and tacky frosting on the cakes at nearby stores, or even other restaurants.

One unique non-alcoholic beverage that customers can enjoy at Sisters Thai is the “Freeze”, which is similar to a slushy, but it’s too unique to be classified as something so common.

The freeze is offered in a variety of flavors, including green tea, strawberry and mango.  Even though one freeze is at least five dollars, it’s definitely worth trying once in a while instead of just ordering the usual Frappuccino from Starbucks.

The restaurant’s staff works hard to make the food to the customer’s standards and the service is still quick even during busy hours, so customers do not have to worry about waiting a long time for their food.

Sisters Thai also offers delivery, but only within three or four miles, which shouldn’t be a problem for Mason students on campus.  However, it’s better to eat at the restaurant itself because not a lot of restaurants offer the same warm dining experience that makes Sisters Thai unique—not a lot of restaurants provide couches or chairs for their customers.

Because the restaurant’s interior design and atmosphere feels like a home, customers are free to treat the restaurant as a study spot because they can sit on a couch with pillows and eat while they study. The restaurant seldom gets loud, so customers don’t have to worry about the noise level or being able to focus on their work.    

Photos Courtesy of Christine Viray