Finding ourselves in Torquay with no knowledge of local restaurants we wandered around the harbour and settled on this restaurant as it looked OK, the menu had some interesting looking dishes (many accompanied by photographs which really did help), and the prices looked acceptable. If we had read some of the reviews on Tripadvisor first we may have been deterred. On this occasion I am glad that we did not as it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience.
My partner had the rather inevitable Thai fish cakes to start. They were very, very good and a long way from the poor imitations that have sprung up on pub menus in recent years. The sweet chilli dip accompaniment was good too. I had deep fried bean curd. The texture was the usual mixture of crisp coating and bland soft centre. It was alright but could have been made more interesting if the curd had had more flavour added, such as salt and pepper or soy. The chilli dip with chopped peanuts that came with it gave it a crunchy texture that contrasted well with the soft bean curd. Both dishes had a side salad of very thinly sliced crisp cabbage with a decorative carrot flower which was good.
The two main courses were both excellent. I opted for chicken breast fried and sliced and served with an orange sauce and crispy noodles. The partner went for the deep fried sea bass cooked with vegetables. My partner raved about how good this dish was. I agreed with him. Both had the same garnish of cabbage salad as the starters. This filled out the plate but was really quite unnecessary. We devoured the main dishes but left the salads. The garlic rice we both had to accompany the main course was very good.
The service was friendly if a bit reserved, but this I suspect is part of Thai etiquette, and it reminded me of my trip to Thailand many years ago.
All in all a very good experience and I would happily go back again.
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