Thai Prime

Remarkable. Authentic.

(813) 302-9168

(813) 302-9168

About Us

David Chong’s family emigrated from Thailand where the family founded numerous enterprises including restaurants. David Chong was a CAT Aquatic Marine Master Technician for over 35 years. His work consisted of the ability to fix complex engine systems for all major yacht owners and commercial fishing vessels. He since then has developed connections with some of the Bay areas top fish houses to supply the freshest, highest quality seafood to his Thai Samurai and Thai Prime restaurant.

In 2004, David went back to Thailand and married his childhood friend Vongduan Chong and brought her and her daughter Krista (Nui) Swetwatna Chong back to the United States. Vongduan also had extensive experience in the restaurant business. She owned and managed a successful restaurant and TV dinner operation in Thailand before moving to the states. Vongduan’s love for cooking and her experience in managing and operating a restaurant business culminated in her and David opening up Thai Samurai in New Port Richey/Trinity, FL in 2010. Despite the Great Financial Crisis raging at the time, Thai Samurai quickly earned the local’s adoration for Vongduan’s fresh, authentic, bold sauces and the beautiful presentation of her dishes.

Thai Samurai and Thai Prime restaurants are both family owned and operated by the Chong Family. The Fordham Family was invited by the Chong’s to invest in Thai Prime and assist with the business side of the restaurant. The Chong family wanted to elevate the image of
Thai Samurai to a more upscale, trendy restaurant (Thai Prime) that serves upscale Thai, Thai seafood and sushi cuisine. The Fordham’s have been and remain the Chong family’s biggest fans having eaten dinner at Thai Samurai for 8 years before consummating the business partnership to open Thai Prime. This is the fourth restaurant investment by the Fordham family and by far the largest capital commitment to date which underlies the family’s belief in the Chong’s family food, honesty, and dedication to providing their customers with great food and service.

Thai Prime is truly a family affair with Krista (Nui) Swetwatna Chong, Edward Chong, Michael Chong, and Chalermvut (Tony) Apanukul all working together as a team for the past 8 years. Our restaurants’s mission to provide our customers with unprecedented fresh, high quality, locally sourced seafood combined with authentic homemade family secret sauces from Thailand. Come experience excellent service while you enjoy healthy, fresh Thai food and sushi in a warm and inviting at atmosphere.

Remarkable. Authentic. Call: (813) 302-9168

Message to our customers COVID-19

Due to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we want to give you an update on what we are doing at Thai Prime. First, please be assured that we are taking every precaution and have implemented new cleaning procedures to maintain a safe and low risk environment for our customers and employees. We are following the CDC recommendations for extra cleaning of all surfaces and requiring our employees to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer repeatedly every hour of every shift. We have also asked that employees refrain from handshakes and hugs during this national healthcare emergency. We are a small family owned business. Our employees and customers are like family to us. It is with heavy hearts that we must reduce our hours and service availability. Hopefully, this will be a temporary period of time for these measures. Being a small family business, this reduction in hours and service will cause us and our employees’ severe financial burdens. We hope you will continue to support Thai Prime with take-out orders during this period of time. We appreciate your business and patronage and hope to see you again when we get past this unprecedented healthcare event.