“ 24 Darlington Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 4HW. Tel: 01902 312512. „
Thai food is my absolute favourite and therefore as one of only few in the area I live, Made in Thai is a restaurant which my family and I have visited a number of times. It is located on one of the main shopping streets in Wolverhampton City Centre, this being Darlington Street which also houses the flagship Beatties store a few doors away.
This restaurant is a bit of a tardis and is easily overlooked from the pavement as the entrance is fairly narrow and it does not look like it is very big inside due to oriental screens used inside. However, on entering you will see that the restaurant is actually quite long and thin and goes back quite a way so there is actually plenty of seating.
On a Friday and Saturday this restaurant does get pretty busy, probably due to its central location, but also, I believe, because it serves some very tasty food. Booking is recommended for these nights. Strangely, when I have visited on week nights it is usually pretty much empty and the atmosphere can be a bit flat on these occasions which is a shame.
One way in which I always think it shows that a restaurant is good is when you see 'the locals' using it, by this I mean the local Thai community and I have often seen many of them using this place which to my mind reinforces its success as an eating establishment and shows that it gets the most relevant stamp of approval from those in the know.
The food is very good and they do the standard range of Thai cuisine such as green and red curries as well as various stir fry dishes, I have tried a number of these dishes which are split into chicken, beef, duck etc on the menu for clarity although I do usually have to ask about some dishes as the menu is not overly detailed.
The tempura vegetables and spring rolls with sweet chilli dip are highly recommended as a starter and it is a mainstay whenever we visit. Some of the stir fry dishes are served still sizzling in a hot skillet which is quite spectacular. Their Pad Thai dishes are particularly good and some of the best I have eaten anywhere.
This is a very vegetarian friendly restaurant, probably because Thai cuisine does tend to include a lot of vegetable and tofu dishes anyway. My veggie other half loves it here because unlike most other restaurants he has a wide variety of the menu to choose from.
You can eat well including a starter a main and drinks for around £25 a head here and they do also offer a buffet between Sunday and Tuesday which was around £12 a head when I last visited and represents both great value and the opportunity to try things you might not otherwise.
The staff are very friendly and efficient and try their best to accomodate you despite English not always being their first language. They are very attentive and it is easy to catch their attention when needed. Drinks are fairly reasonably priced and they offer a good range of beers and wines as well as the usual spirits, they have proper Thai beer on offer too which is what we always choose as properly chilled it works wonders at complimenting the hot and spicy food.
I have never tried a dessert here as I am always absolutely stuffed after my main (usually having been unable to resist finishing off the pad thai). There is, however, a dedicated dessert menu although it looks rather like one of those you usually find in Indian restaurants where all the puddings are deep frozen and pulled out to order. I am sure they are very nice however, if you like that kind of thing.
There is no dedicated parking for this restaurant but there is plenty within walking distance which is free after 6pm.
If you like Thai food I would highly recommend this restaurant, for both the service and the food.