On the 14th August 1986, Richard and Onuma Kidd opened Norwich's first Thai Restaurant. The setting was an old gunshop called Darlows in Orford Hill. Onuma had never seen snow before and could speak little English! This listed building was converted with much care and the opening ceremony was honored by the Lord Mayor of Norwich and blessed by Buddhist Monks.
River Kwai Veterans also came to give their support due to their close links with Thai people during the Second World War at the bridge over the River Kwai. A wonderful adventure started for the Kidd family, Norwich had got its first Thai Restaurant and Onuma Kidd's cuisine soon gained UK recognition. On 31st May 1991, Richard and Onuma moved their Thai restaurant operation to Thorpe St Andrew to accommodate the increase in demand for Onuma's unrivaled 'Tastes of Thai' Richard and Onuma are the longest-running Thai restaurant owners in Norwich - now 33 years!