StJohn's Road, Town Centre
Saturday June 7th , 2008
||Jean and Greg,
Thai Sakon is situated on St.Johns Road
opposite bathrooms 4 U, this used to be known as Thai Chaleda until the
present owners took over approx. 3 years ago.
We hadn't been for a meal here for quite a few years and decided to try
it again. We booked for a Saturday night at 8.45pm but arrived a little
early and were pleased to find a lovely bar area with stools as well as
a very nice lounge area with leather sofas to sit and enjoy a glass of
wine while perusing the menu.
We were greeted on our arrival in the traditional Thai manner and we
ordered a bottle of wine from a good selection on the wine list.
First impressions of the restaurant were excellent- contemporary in
design but with a few far eastern touches, light and airy with a very
pleasant atmosphere. We were brought complimentary prawn crackers (much
nicer than the ones you get with Chinese takeaways!) and ate these
whilst choosing from the comprehensive menu. The menu is divided into
various sections:- starters, curries, rice and noodles, salads etc and
has quite a large selection of vegetarian choices.
We decided to commence with the Thai Sakon mixed starter for two - this
included chicken satay, thai spring rolls,
deep fried sweet corn in special batter,
minced prawns on toast, Thai fish cakes,
chicken breast strips in tempura batter and prawns in tempura batter.
This was served beautifully in a round silver dish together with 3 bowls
for dipping- sweet chilli sauce, peanut sauce and onions and cucumber.
We both really enjoyed the starter and it was beautifully cooked and
We had to request a short break before our main course to allow our
sumptuous starter to digest and the waitress was happy to oblige.
All the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
For our main courses we had selected one dish from the main menu and one
from the specials board which is in the lounge area, the special was "Penang
Gung" (huge prawns in Penang curry with thai green beans, coconut milk
and faffir lime leaves) and "Pad Prik Sod" (stir fried chicken with
chilli, onions, mushrooms, peppers and spring onions) to accompany the
main course we chose sticky rice and egg fried rice but were rather
disappointed that there was no sticky rice available even though it was
written on the specials board, however they did apologise and explain
why and suggested and alternative rice dish- Thai jasmine rice. When our
dishes arrived the prawns certainly lived up to their description as
they were HUGE and both dishes looked colourful, well presented and
tasted delicious. We accompanied the meal with a bottle of spring water
served in unusual but lovely glasses with ice and lemon.
The restaurant was quite busy but not too noisy and you never felt too
close to other diners as the tables are not too close together and even
the tables for two are certainly bigger than in other restaurants and
have plenty of room for all the varied dishes to be served without
compromising your eating space. It is worth noting that you can request
your choices to be made hotter or milder according to your own taste and
the menu has a very good "heat" guide for each dish.
There was a separate dessert menu, however we were too full and decided
to give dessert a miss but order some more wine and retire to the lounge
area to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The toilets were both clean and functional, but the restaurant would be
unsuitable for disabled people as it is downstairs with quite a few
The price of the meal for two of us was £38.40 and our drinks were
£33.90 for two bottles of wine and a bottle of mineral water. The
restaurant also does takeaways with a 10% discount and is open 7 nights
To sum up the experience I would say the place is a lovely hidden gem
and would highly recommend it to anyone, and we will definitely be going
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