“ Address: 30 Town Quay / Southampton / England / SO14 2AQ „
My daughter is currently doing her second degree course, this time at Southampton University. As we live a fair distance from Southampton, commuting is not an option for her. Consequently she is currently sharing a rented house in Southampton with a number of other students. We travel down to see her from time to time and when we do it's usually because of one celebration or another. We stay overnight, most recently at the Ibis Hotel on the Dock Road and to celebrate we have booked a table at Kuti's, a local restaurant of some renown.
Kuti's has two restaurants in the city, an Indian in the city centre and a Thai in what used to be the old Gate House to the docks, a fabulously impressive building, redolent of Britain's great Imperial past. This building houses the restaurant on two floors and overlooks the harbour. Of the two restaurants, the Royal Thai certainly offers less cramped accommodation. The interior refurbishment and decorations are every bit as impressive as the exterior and the staff are dressed in perfect harmony with their surroundings.
We have eaten here twice. On the first occasion we selected from a vast menu, four of us eating. We all shared a selection on dishes for both the starters and for the main course, each of us having chosen a particular favourite and with an extra dish on which we all could agree. To accompany the food we selected a Chablis and in the end managed to work our way through a couple of bottles by the end of the meal (none of us was driving!)
For this very enjoyable meal we paid just over £130 for the four of us. About a third of that was the wine. I didn't think that was at all bad value considering the quality of the food, the good service and very pleasant surroundings.
On our second, more recent visit we decided to go for the buffet instead, simply because an initial look at what was on offer revealed as much as we were likely to want, indeed there were so many choices that looked appetising that it was clear we wouldn't be able to get round to them all anyway. The buffet runs at around £16 per person and, considering that there is no limits on how many times you can go up and refill your plate, this has to be outstanding value for money.
I can't list all of the dishes on offer as this would take forever but needless to say there wasn't a single one that we didn't enjoy. We all tried to take in around four or five different dishes as well as some starters, and desserts. All this accompanied by a couple of bottles of a South African Pinotage and some soft drinks as well, with coffee to follow.
Once again there were four of us and the total bill came once again to just over £130.
If you are in Southampton and looking for somewhere to eat then I can strongly recommend not just Kuti's Thai restaurant but also their Indian restaurant in the centre of the city, although this latter does get very full in the evenings due to it's convenience for those on a night out. In either case though, I recommend booking ahead.