Award winning Thai Dining From Thai Square
July 12, 2017
This popular Thai chain offers branches across very convenient locations in London – We tried the Covent Garden location, but you have another twelve restaurants across the city to choose from. It has a very traditional welcoming reception that leads to an intimate bar, a vaulted dining room and a little back garden all decorated with really authentic Thai ornaments.
The menu focuses on classical Thai dishes but they also have expanded to more innovative pan-Asian options. You can try a wide range of dishes that go from crispy aromatic duck to tom yum soups, som tum salads and green curries. Our favourite dish of the night was Weeping Tiger (steak) with a gorgeous sauce of ginger, garlic and Thai spices.
One thing to watch is their long list of more than 30 wines, classic beers and their own signature cocktails. We tried their take on a Mek-jito – a combination of Mekhong Thai spirit, lime juice, mint and soda. Keep an eye out for set menus and lunch offers as they give quality Thai food at good prices!
Thai Square opened its first restaurant in 1996 and has gradually expanded to become one of the UK’s leading Thai restaurant groups, picking up a trove of accolades along the way. 21 years and 13 restaurants later, the concept and promise of an authentic and fresh Thai dining experience remains the same and is wholeheartedly fulfilled.
Balance is paramount to Thai cooking, and chefs at Thai Square manage to juggle the complex interplay of all the flavour components; sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Unlike others, this interaction is what makes this Far Eastern cuisine so unique, and the same can be said for fare at Thai Square. The restaurant also succeeds in finding that elusive sweet spot between respecting traditional dishes and flexing artistic licence, with the meticulously curated menu playing host to favourites and intriguing dishes alike.
Alongside classic curries and stir fries, dishes like the ‘Drunken Duck’ served with chillies, long beans, peppers, basil leaves and a hint of whiskey, and a spicy steamed Seabass fillet cooked with lemongrass, lime leaves, garlic, and chilli sauce served on a bed of seasonal vegetables, offer a glimpse into the restaurants’ captivating menus. If making a decision is proving just too much, two set menus offer the opportunity to sample several courses at a very reasonable price. Moreover, staff and chefs alike are happy to oblige guests on spice preferences, turning a hum of heat into a shout of chilli, or muting a kick into comforting warmth.
The impressive drinks menu reveals a series of well-paired bottles, as well as a list of champagnes and cocktails. Guests can enjoy a range of sips including a ‘Mai Tai’ with rum Curaçao liqueur, Orgeat syrup and lime juice; a ‘Classic Martini Cocktail’; and a ‘Mekhong Iced Thai Tea’, mixed and muddled with Thai tea, condensed milk and Mekhong Thai Spirit, to name but a few.
Thai Square has incorporated sleek interiors in each restaurant to create an environment which matches its delicious Thai cuisine. Incorporating contemporary finishes with authentic Thai artefacts and pops of red and golden hues, the design creates a welcoming feel and reflects traditional Thai establishments.
With 11 outposts spread across London, and two more (St Albans and Windsor) situated just outside, each location has a unique character whilst still retaining the Thai Square feel with traditional decorations. No matter at which restaurant, diners can rest assured knowing that attentive and charming service, welcoming European-Thai fusion décor, and impeccable food will be waiting.