1/F Shui King Court, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central Tel: 2537 6887 Open: Monday-Saturday noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm Cuisine: Thai. Ambience: The large room consists primarily of square communal tables that each seat about 12. The benches can get uncomfortable after a while because they're unpadded and backless. There are also some seats that run along a counter overlooking Arbuthnot Road. Price: About HK$250 without drinks and before adding the service charge. Pros: The first waiter annoyed us because he attempted to interrupt our conversation mid-sentence to take the drinks order. But the second waiter was excellent - funny, accommodating, helpful and knowledgable. Cons: The noise level can be overwhelming - we ended our meal early, forgoing dessert, because we were having such a hard time hearing each other. Much of the food is toned down - the dishes lack the bright, tongue-tingling flavours we've tasted so often in Thailand. Smoked fish salad (HK$60) had a large piece of overcooked fish that was under-seasoned and dry. Grilled pork sausages were too dense - the meat mixture needed more fat. It would have been better with a zesty dipping sauce to perk up the flavours. Braised beef shin with Thai herbs (HK$125) needed to be cooked longer - the meat was tender but the gelatinous parts were too rubbery to eat. Recommended dishes: Our favourite dish was the starter of betel leaves with savoury pork (HK$45), which was light and refreshing. Deep-fried snapper with rich red curry (HK$175, above) had a dramatic presentation - the two halves of the boned fish were attached at the tail, cooked until crisp then propped upright in the sauce. The sauce was a little too rich (and yes, we should have expected it to be from the dish description) and could have used a squeeze of lime juice to lighten it; and the fish, tasted on its own, was bland. But eaten together, the fish and sauce were a good combination. What else? Box Thai occupies the space that previously housed the Indian restaurant, Veda.