Sukhothai, Chapel Allerton: Review
|Published: 3rd April 2009 20:38|
I hadn't eaten out at a Thai restaurant for over a year, so was very much looking forward to my visit at Sukhothai in Chapel Allerton last night. Especially as whenever I mentioned to anyone that I was going out for a meal there, everyone replied by telling me what a fantastic meal they had last time they had eaten there and almost everyone recommended a dish for me to try!
When we arrived at the restaurant, just before 8pm on a Thursday evening, it was really buzzing - there were family groups just finishing their meal, couples, groups of friends and a couple of tables that looked like they were celebrating birthdays. It was lovely to see such a mix of people.
We were given a very warm welcome as soon as we arrived and the attentiveness, politeness and friendliness of the staff was something that really made the evening special. No matter how good the food is at a restaurant I always think it is the service that often makes or breaks the evening - and at Sukhothai the service could not be faulted.
We started the evening off with a Thai Beer (Chang) - I had never drunk a Thai beer before - and I have to say I really enjoyed it - very refreshing. For our starters, I opted for the Satay Gai (marinated, grilled chicken on skewers with a peanut sauce) - this had been recommended to me by 3 people so I really felt I had to go for this! I was not disappointed - the meat was beautifully cooked and flavoured and the smooth peanut sauce complemented it perfectly. My partner (after lenghty discussions with the waitress!) decided to go for one of the "specials" to start - it had been described in such mouth-watering terms that he said it would have been hard not to have chosen it! It was a dish of shredded, fried papaya with king prawns in a chilli sauce - I have to say it did sound intriguing. I managed to sample a bit and thought it was delicious - I have to say I was only allowed "a bit" as my partner absolutely loved it - "like nothing I have ever tasted before - amazing" - were his words!
For the main dish I chose Phed Mamuang Himmaparn (stir fried duck with cashew nuts, pineapple, mushroom, carrot and spring onion). Although I had found it difficult to choose my main as there were so many dishes I wanted to sample I was very pleased with my choice. Again the meat was cooked and flavoured beautifully as were all the other components. When it arrived I didn't think I would be able to eat it all as the portions are very generous - but I did (as well as the egg fried rice and noodles!!) - which speaks volumes about the quality of the food. Again, my partner was recommended a "special" by the waitress, which was a circle of steamed salmon and seabass with a thai green and red curry sauce - it was absolutely delicious apparently - and matched the starter in terms of quality, uniqueness and deliciousness (is that a word??)
To finish our meal we had a pot of jasmine tea, which was a really pleasant end to what had been a fantastic night - in terms of quality of food, ambience and service. It has certainly made me want to go back again - in fact I am very tempted by the Sunday Buffet as this would give me an opportunity to try lots of different dishes! It is also Thai New Year in a couple of weeks and Sukhothai are doing some special menus to celebrate this which I now know will be amazing!