If you haven’t heard, Stephenville has a new restaurant unlike any other in town — Bangkok Thai Cuisine.

It’s located on Washington Street in the same group of restaurants as Jimmy John’s, China King Buffet and Habanero.

If you’ve never had Thai food, you’re in for a real treat, and Bangkok TC also has some Japanese and Korean dishes as well.

The fried rice and noodles on the menu may call to mind Chinese fare, but Thai food is unique, particularly the use of curry. You won’t mistake it for Chinese, particularly if you happen to be a “hot freak.” Suffice it to say that Thai chefs know how to crank up the heat until your hair catches on fire, but you get to make that choice and pick whether your food is spicy hot or mild.

Bangkok TC owner Peter Pan — yes, that’s his real name — says: “I own other restaurants like this one, including the Bangkok in Weatherford that people from this area may know. I also have restaurants in New Mexico, California, Montana, Chicago and this one in Stephenville makes four here in Texas,” Pan says.

In addition to his restaurant chain, Pan also has a consulting business in which he helps other budding restauranteurs set up their places and train staff.

In terms of the bill of fare, the menu is absolutely loaded front and back with delicious choices. Here are just a few of my faves:

• Chicken Satay from the appetizer selections — which is marinated, grilled chicken on skewers served with peanut sauce.

• Tom Yum Shrimp soup — Shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, mushroom, chili paste and lime juice.

• Pad Thai — Stir-fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, green onion, fried tofu and ground peanuts.

• A choice of Thai Curries — Chicken, shrimp, beef, seafood, mixed vegetable, or pork.

• Crispy Basil Duck — Stir-fried crispy duck with crispy basil, bell pepper, onions in a special house sauce.

• Desserts — Fried ice cream, green tea ice cream, coconut ice cream, egg custard with sweet sticky rice.

They also offer Lunch Bento Boxes. If you’re not familiar with what a “Bento Box” is, Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.

In the case of Bangkok TC, their boxes are served with steamed rice, egg roll edamame and onion soup. The three choices in the boxes are teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef and teriyaki salmon.

Oh, and they have Korean BBQ — chicken tenders or beef rib — served with onion soup and steamed rice.

And if you lean towards Japanese cuisine, they offer Japanese hibachi chicken, New York steak, shrimp, salmon, chicken/shrimp, steak/chicken and steak/shrimp served with soup, salad and steamed rice — or fried rice for $2 more.

“Most dishes can be made gluten free or vegetarian,” adds Pan.

He also wanted us to let our readers know that he’s not settling for anything but the best in his new restaurant.

“I want the best food, the best service and the nicest atmosphere in this restaurant for our customers. I want to be the number one place to eat in Stephenville and I intend to get there. We’ve done that in Weatherford and we can do it here, too.”

You’ll find Bangkok Thai Cuisine at 2101 W. Washington in spacious and tastefully-decorated Suite 105 — in the same parking lot as Mi Familia and Big Lots.

They’re open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.