My partner and I had just moved to Cleethorpes recently and are still getting to know what the place has to offer. We had just spent three weeks in Thailand in May and I am also of half Thai heritage and am very in tune to my background.
It was recently my birthday, and my parents and cousin visited so we thought we would give So Thai a go. My mother is fully Thai, as is my cousin who has only moved to England from Thailand about three months ago for a year of study, and my father is English.
From entering the restaurant we were greeted warmly by the extremely polite and friendly staff, who continued to serve us exceptionally throughout our meal. I understand that it was recently been refurbished, and the decor was nice but not Thai (the Buddhas were Indian and Burmese).
The food was very well cooked and you can tell that the chefs are talented and presentation was beautiful. But unfortunately as it is advertised as a Thai restaurant I expected authentic tastes and the food did not deliver this. When ordering food, the waiters should ask how spicy the dishes are wished to be had, as Thai dishes are notorious for their spicy nature. We asked for the dishes to be served for everyone on the table to share, as it is a massive tradition in Thai culture that all food is shared between all diners, but the waiter seemed confused at the request and had to check with the chefs if this was alright. I don't mind that he had to check, but it should be understood by all employees how Thai people dine traditionally - especially when you're running a Thai restaurant and Thai people come through the door!
As for the taste of the food, as I said they were well cooked, but sadly underseasoned and not spicy at all. I felt that the food was lacking in key ingredients, for instance the Tom Yum soup was lacking in both chilli and lemongrass. Thai food needs that kick, and if it was asked of us what level of spice we wanted I felt that this could have been avoided. I can understand that the food has been tweaked to suit European tastes more than sticking to what is authentic.
In conclusion, I think that this restaurant has built up a good reputation with the locals, is very polite and friendly and the food is cooked and presented to a high standard. It is just not Thai.
I wouldn't recommend this restaurant if someone is looking for a truely authentic Thai meal, but I can see it's appeal to people.
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