Remember the excitement you used to get in the lucky dip as you delved your hand deep into the sand and rummaged, and burrowed and wriggled to be rewarded by ……… whatever small trinket had been hidden in there?
This unexpected sight ( a Thai seafood pot) is a similar experience. The coating, while not dissimilar to the look and texture of sand, is a superbly tasty mix of red paste, egg and coconut which envelopes the many differentof types of seafood in a culinary lucky dip. Delve in and retrieve…..….. a mussel, squid or prawn. Whatever delicacy turns up, it’s an exotic treat.
This was our first venture into the Kinnaree Thai Restaurant in Glossop which arrived with its statue of the half human half-bird Kinnari (which gives the place its name) about four months ago.
What a delight – at last we have somewhere to go which serves up interesting, affordable Thai food with lovely service in smart surroundings.
We started with well presented and tasty, but unremarkable, fish cakes and bean curd. Straightforward enough and served with chilli and plum sauces.
Along with the pot described above, I enjoyed a whole sea bass teamed with ginger served with vegetables.
We both attempted to share a vegetarian salad which was the only regretted item being a cabbage based affair reminiscent of sauerkraut which didn’t compliment our fishy selection.
So bouyed by the whole experience so far (probably helped by the bottle of Pinot Grigio consumed) we decided to try out the desert menu. Mostly the usual disappointing selection of pre-packed ice-cream, including that infuriating “Punky” concoction that seems to get everywhere, but thankfully a choice of two hot specials. We turned down the banana fritters and went instead for the banana cream.
A bowl of milky, coconut with seseme and sliced banana was a further take on another childhood delight – bannana custard.
Style: Obviously oriental but stylishly so.
Plus: Attentive service and interesting menu choices.
Minus: Can’t see into the restaurant from the street – I just don’t like that.
Value: Excellent value for money. Our meal with wine cost a little over £50 for two.
Kinnaree Thai Restaurant is at 46-50 High St West, Glossop 01457 865168.