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Thai Sakon
Restaurant Address:

4, StJohn's Road, Town Centre

Visited On:

Saturday June 7th , 2008 8.45 pm

Reviewed By: Jean and Greg, Taylor Hill

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 presented.

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 steps.

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 a week.

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 back again!

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