If you opened your Thai restaurant almost 20 years ago, you could consider yourself an early adopter – that is for sure. But how do you make sure that your guests keep returning, especially now that these restaurants seem to be sprouting up like mushrooms? In order to find the answer to this question, we had a chat with Thalika Meekhai, owner of De Orchidee (the Dutch for ‘the orchid’). This is one of the oldest Thai restaurants in Ghent. “All our products are freshly cut and prepared,” Thalika begins. “You won’t find any pre-cut vegetables on your plate, as everything is freshly purchased every single day.