The geang butternut soup starter will make you wish never to have another “traditional” butternut soup. This starter has a green curry flavour that gives it a kick, which you can alter to your liking, with mild, medium and hot options available for almost every meal. For mains, for a genuine Thai supper, order the phad med prik phao – a roasted chilli paste stir fry with onions, peppers, cashew nuts and your choice of chicken or beef, served with well-cooked jasmine rice. Choosing the hot option is for the fearless, but those who do dare try it will not regret it, as the heat really does emphasise the flavours so much more. For dessert, the thai-angles – chocolate-filled crispy pastry triangles with finely chopped cashew nuts and served with ice-cream – will provide the perfect finish to a very satisfying meal.
A bar is available in a separate part of the restaurant, where guests can have after-work drinks, watch a game of football or rugby, eat sushi, or all of the above. With a variety of wines sold by the glass, this establishment is ideal for a late lunch or evening dining. The well-loved familiar brands like Porcupine Ridge, Legacy Johannesburger, and Fat Bastard make it on the list. There are also brandies, whiskies, cocktails (try the cleverly named Sex on Phuket Beach) and a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from, including gourmet milkshakes and teas.
Waitrons are warm, hospitable and knowledgeable of the menu, even making recommendations. The manager also makes an effort to make guests feel more welcome by doing his rounds, greeting customers at each table and ensuring that they are being well served.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated with wooden furniture. The look and feel of the simple furnishings and décor – tables bare, except for pretty straw table mats and elegant wine glasses, cutlery and dainty candles – creates a very relaxed yet stylish setting that does not scream fast food franchise. On a cold winter evening, expect several gas heaters to be alight, heating up the restaurant, which feels quite warm and spacious, with the glass doors dominating much of the wall space. The brick flooring gives also gives the restaurant quite a modern feel.
For those who are fussy tea drinkers, finding Goa chai and Falling in Love Again on the tea menu will be a pleasant surprise.
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