Eat & Drink

Cafe Equator

2920 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA 70002, USA 70002

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

Well within the top circle of local Thai restaurants, Equator has a broader menu than most Thai places, and offers throughout its menu the option of having the food served in the familiar style, or more true to the way it's done in Thailand. The latter is much soupier and very much hotter. The premises are dark and cool.


Café Equator descended from an ahead-of-its time Mandeville place called Typhoon. It opened across the street from Lakeside Mall in an unusually handsome former Ground Pat'i in 2002.

Dining Room

From the day they took over, the owners began redecorating the place. It is now one of the handsomest Thai restaurants locally, with a cool, dimly-lit dining room and enough windows to make it spacious. The service is warm and efficient.

For Best Results

You do not need one entree per person. They're so large that three per four people, plus a round of soups or appetizers, works fine. Take a leap of faith and ask for the Thai-style versions of everything--except perhaps for "Thai hot" seasoning levels, which will test the pain threshold for most people.

Bonus Information

Attitude 1
Environment 1
Hipness 1
Local Color 0
Service 1
Value 3
Wine 0