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The Thai Orchid

65 Preston Street
Tel: +44 (0)1273 323224
Cuisine types: THAI | FAR EASTERN

The Thai Orchid

Fancy a taste of the Far East? Try the Thai Orchid in Preston Street. This new, family owned restaurant serves Thai food home cooked by Mum, with eldest daughter, Faith, as head waitress and Dad, Jim, busy behind the scenes .

Faith was dressed in traditional Thai costume the evening we went. She gave us a courteous welcome and guided us to a table by the window decked out in colour co-ordinated napkins and flowers.

Music, decorations and ornaments added to the eastern atmosphere. Unfortunately I knocked over one of the ornaments while taking off my jacket. Feeling very clumsy I decided it might be best to avoid alcohol and opted for a pineapple and coconut juice to drink - which was sublime, while my dinner date, Jim, had a local beer.

Hungry, we were soon looking at the menu, which was like a book, illustrated with photos of the dishes. There is a wide choice of food and after a while we decided on a starter for two called the Thai Orchid Delight.

Soon a large platter full of different tastes and colours arrived. There was Thai fish cake, crispy noodles like candy, pancake rolls, prawns in blankets and stuffed chicken all served with a sweet chilli sauce and decorated with carved radish and suede flowers. A combination of sweet and savoury with a taste of the exotic.

For the main course I decided on Pad Thai - Thai fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, spring onion, griddle carrot and ground peanut. Jim chose Mien Yang - sizzling beef sirloin marinated with garlic and herbs and served with Thai sauce and the chef's special of battered prawns in tamarind sauce. We pooled them in a deliciously tasty feast, puzzling over the prawns whose amorphous shapes gave no clue as to which end to bite.

Time for desert and not much conversation as we simply indulged our sweet tooths. I had lychees because I love them and Jim - my annoyingly slim companion - had the truly decadent chocolate fudge cake.

The Thai Orchid offers a wide range of authentic Thai food including vegetarian and curry dishes. There is also a Take Away service. So if you want to recall those travelling memories, try something a bit different or simply indulge your taste buds - it's well worth a visit.

Christine Barlow

Aug 2003

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Takeaway menu available
Designated No Smoking area
No Smoking
Kids are very welcome
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