Chanachai joins Sawatdee as newest chef

However, Chanachai said his favorite dish to prepare is Sawatdee's Spicy Basil Duck, which is duck marinated and lightly sauteed in spicy basil sauce with red and green bell peppers, onions, carrots and mushrooms, topped with crispy basil.

"I like the way the duck tastes in its homemade sauce. It's very good," said Chanachai. "A lot of people here order it."

One day, Chanachai said he might open his own restaurant, but for now, he said he enjoys being a part of the Sawatdee family, sharing his culinary passion with the restaurant's patrons.

Sawatdee is located downtown at 15 Bridge St. and is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m.

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