There is a place. There is a person. There is Koh Thai Tapas, and there is Ewelina Blachut. One invited the other along to try out their new lunchtime menu, and, as far as I’m aware, Ewelina hasn’t started up her own restaurant so take from that what you will.
A few days ago Ewelina had invited Tom and me to join her in experience the brand new Koh Thai lunchtime menu. Admittedly, I had never been to any Koh restaurant (there’s a few!) before, so it was an entirely new experience to me, but both Ewes and Tom had been previously and sang its praises.
If you’re after a review from the point of view of someone that has never before tried Thai food, then you’re in the right place as prior to visiting Koh I had never before experienced the wonders of all thing Pad Thai and Chicken Laksa. I had incredibly fresh eyes to the whole thing, going in very much as a newbie.
My first impression upon walking in was that the owners had tried (and succeeded) to keep a very tight balance between authenticity to the culture and a chill, relaxing atmosphere. The decor of the restaurant was very much that of woods, plants, little statues and thai-inspired artworks, but the music and tone of the staff reminded me much more of some of my favourite coffee shops to relax in.
Ewelina had been offered for herself and two friends to come and try out the new lunchtime menu. The folk at Koh Thai Tapas have been trying to put together a better offering for their lunch goers, as the evening menu could be perceived as a little pricey for a simple lunch for many out there.
The menu is quite simple, yet there’s plenty of choices. Pick any one of 6 tapas starters before then picking a main from a choice of also 6, all for £12. Alternatively, you can forgo the starter and go straight to the grill, again for £12. I must admit, that still seems a lot for a lunchtime for me, the queen of toast, but I was more than prepared to give it a good go.
After conversation and a few sips of our drinks, the food quickly arrived, and what a bounty we had before us. The one thing I quickly learned about Thai food was that the smell of the food is incredible. Before even putting fork to plate, you can sense the delicate balance between spices, whilst still there being a gentleness to the food.
Upon eating, this continues to be the theme. It’s very unlike other cuisines, where one flavour often dominates the plate. I’m not sure how to describe it correctly, but there are so many flavours going on that on paper it wouldn’t make sense how the flavour actually ends up. Each bite is different, and yet everything works so well together.
The food was great. I understood the price point at once as the sheer quality of the meal was head and shoulders above anything else. £12 buys you not only a very filling lunch but (this sounds crazy pretentious but it’s kinda true) ….an experience.
Oh, and the puds would pretty great too. (mine sparkled).
Make sure to visit their website to find your closest Koh Thai Tapas Resturant and give their new menu a go!