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“Quality food cooked fresh by Pimm in a relaxed informal setting”
Review of Icookthai

Icookthai
Ranked #283 of 1,295 Restaurants in Cardiff
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Friends of ours invited us along to share their KGB voucher - so pleased they did!!. Starters -two of us had satay chicken and two had spring rolls. The portions were good size, food delicious. Main meal : beef curry; chicken curry; duck; chicken noodles with side order of coconut rice. All were good size portions with lots of meat. My beef just melted in my mouth. I've only tried a few Thai foods before, but was the best and not too overpowered with chilli. The flavours were delicious. We finished off with chilli ice cream served with pineapple - I wasn't too sure if I'd like this - how wrong , the homemade ice cream (with a kick!) served with fresh pineapple.
The surroundings are basic which I hadn't really noticed as we were too busy talking. Hoping to go again soon.

Thank Michelle W
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I had a Groupon voucher for theThai Cooking Class.There was no hands on cooking but a demonstration from the owner who made lemongrass tea and spring rolls. Both tasted good but it wasn't what I had expected.There were just 3 of us and I would have felt uncomfortable if I had been on my own, in fact I would have left.

Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is not just a meal its an experience, not you normal restaurant. The food is the best Thai food I have ever tasted, its a one man show and completely different than your normal restaurant.You are greeted by the owner with a warm friendly welcome he describes in detail what he is cooking he loves his cooking you can tell that by his enthusiastic chat. He makes you feel very welcome.It is only small he cooks only for about ten clients per evening.Its a great place for a family meal with a difference. If you like Thai food or want to try Thai food this is a must.But go with an open mind as this is not your run of the mill restaurant. You can take your own drink which is another plus..The price is very good, when we went we paid under £20pp for a fantastic meal.The owner invited me to his kitchen it was clean.

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Thank mtob
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

I have now been here twice & found the food to be extremely tasty & very authentic. The place has a bit of an unusual feel to it, in that it feels like ur dining in the owners living room rather than a restaurant...he's a bit of a character & its very much a one man band as he does the waiting, cooking, & cleaning up all himself & is quite chatty too, being very passionate about Thai culture & cuisine - so don't expect to be in & out quickly, there is quite a bit of waiting around, even when its quiet, but its definitely worth the wait! The menu is quite limited & u need to order in advance of ur visit (tho don't be too surprised if he tries to spring a few surprise changes on u when u get there, by way of broadening ur horizons!)but everything I've tried has been so full of flavour & the chicken satay starter & coconut rice r the best I've ever tasted. The only thing is u have to pass thru the kitchen to the toilet out the back & the place seriously looked like a bombsite & did give me some doubts about hygeine & health & safety but for all I know it may have been organized chaos & I gave it the benefit of the doubt... It may not be the best place to go if ur in a hurry or want a quiet meal (the owner serenaded my partner & I with a made up song at the piano & actually came & sat at the table with us for a while on our first visit!) but if u want to experience authentic, freshly cooked Thai food from a man with a true passion for what he does & probably learn a thing or 2 along the way, then id definitely try this. We will definitely be back!

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Thank pu55ycat78
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

My wife bought me a "Thai Cooking Class" present at ICookThai. I had previously done an Indian Cooking Class which was completely hands-on, so was very much looking forward to this.

I looked up the website in advance and was slightly disappointed to see that this would be a cookery demonstration which I would only be able to watch. No cooking by the attendees would take place.

Nevertheless, I turned up on the appointed day and time at the venue to find a very ropey looking premises with no signs outside the establishment that gave a clue of what took place there other than a small A4 size page in the window stating this was the ICookThai venue.

Despite it's shabby external appearance, I went inside and was greeted by Pimm wearing a stained black chef's jacket. This place had clearly been a restaurant at some point in the past as there were plastic tables and chairs with plastic table cloths upon them. Pimm informed me that this was now a take-away only.

Everything inside looked like it needed a deep clean and Pimm was clearly living in the restaurant area as there was his piano, guitar, computer and projector TV screen in the room, with various items scattered about the place.

I was invited to take a seat at one of the tables where there were various vegetables awaiting preparation and an open packet of cooked prawns. The other attendees arrived and the session commenced at 12pm.

By 1pm Pimm had talked to us for an hour without slicing a vegetable. We had his history and rants about what we should and should not be doing with our lives. There was perhaps 10mins about the 'real meaning' of Thai food.

He then proceeded to show us how to make Spring Rolls. He was chopping vegetables and mixing ingredients with his hands while rubbing his nose and wiping his hands in a single piece of kitchen roll. The vegetables were not washed and there was earth clearly visible on the lettuce leaves that were used. In addition, I never once saw him wash his hands!

He cooked the Spring Rolls in a Halogen oven/pot which was on the table in front of us, and then served them and gave cutlery for us to use which may well have been washed but some were still slightly stained. There was little taste to the food other than butter which had been used to wash the previously frozen packet pastry sheets prior to adding the vegetables.

Next was the main course of Red Thai Curry which comprised of curry paste from a packet and a tin of coconut milk. A raw chicken breast was produced and was then thinly sliced and added to the paste and coconut milk in a pot on an electric hob on the table in front of us along with additional vegetables. No sign of chicken or vegetables or hands being washed but the piece of kitchen roll was being used to wipe fingers. The prawns having been open for the past two and a half hours were then taken back to the kitchen area. Who know's what happened to them then.

The curry was then cooked and a large pan of boiled rice appeared from the back kitchen. Each person was served a tablespoon of rice and a tablespoon of curry on a plate which we ate around the table. In fairness, it tasted quite good but where was the skill in putting this dish together? Anyone can slice a bit of chicken and veg and then add it to a pre-packed paste and tin of coconut milk.

By the end of the session, I had been there for over three hours, been lectured at about life and learned very little about Thai cooking. I believe that Pimm means well and I wish him no ill, but what was given by this session was far and away from what I expected.

This session is being sold directly at £99 though there are Groupon offers available for £30. Overall, it is not an experience I would recommend.

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5  Thank Vincent S
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