“ Contemporary Thai cuisine „
Thai Edge is a chain and there are a few of restaurants located around the UK. For the purpose of this review, it will be focused around my experiences from the Leeds restaurant.
Thai edge is located at the top of Leeds by millennium square. It was my first visit a few weeks ago and I had heard great things about the restaurant. Luckily, I had spotted some cheap vouchers on Groupon, so we trotted off to Thai Edge on a Saturday night and looking forward to our feast. We had to book a table as they normally get quite busy and indeed, we could see they were as we walked in the restaurant was nearly full but they had kept a nice two top free for us.
The decor is fresh and modern with Thai adornments such as fountains and carved decorations on the walls. All the staff were wearing traditional Thai dress which look very sexy and I would love to have one of their outfits!
The tables beautifully laid out with fresh linen and the whole place has a contemporary feel that is perfect for a city centre restaurant. The tables are spaced apart reasonably so you don't feel too packed in with the other diners.
I did notice that there were hardly any children in the restaurant and it appeared to be rather un- child friendly, the restaurant was full of well dressed adults who were out for a good night out in Leeds.
There is a reasonable range of drinks including speciality Thai beers, however the wine menu is a little disappointing.
When we arrived at the table there was prawn crackers and chili dipping sauce already waiting for us. This was a real winner as we were starving! It is nice to nibble while waiting to order.
There are a wide range of starters, I chose some spring rolls that arrived nicely presented. I'm not sure if these are made fresh on site though as they were frozen in the middle and I had to send them back. I was disappointed by this but the staff did everything to rectify the problem and a short while later they arrived back hot and delicious. The spring rolls are not cheap though and I would have thought that such a simple dish could have been made fresh in the kitchen.
The main meals do not come with sides so this really bumps up the prices, I ordered a Thai green curry and some jasmine rice. The food is served on a hot plate and both were hot and tasty. There was plenty of meat in the curry and it tasted nice, however it was not outstanding and merely average.
The staff were really friendly and spent a lot of time making sure we had the correct cutlery and that our drinks were always full. They were well presented and really added to our experience here. Meals were served quickly and efficiently and any problems were quickly rectified.
I liked the restaurant as it was contemporary and smart, it had a very slick feel to it. There are many other Thai restaurants in Leeds that serve better food but they do not look as good. I guess it depends what you are looking for; I love Thai food and was a little disappointed that such a prominent restaurant like this was not serving the freshest of food. I want to be paying for food that is made fresh in the kitchen and not bought in. The voucher we received from Groupon significantly reduced our bill and we got £25.00 off! If we had paid full price then it would have come to around £26.00 per head.
I would not be rushing back to the restaurant and would recommend people to try some of the other Thai restaurants in Leeds before choosing this one; it looks good and it is very stylish but the food is decidedly average.
I have only ever been to my local Thai Edge in Leeds, however my experiences have been amazing.
I used to walk past Thai Edge in the city centre and look at the prices and shake my head, walking away. This was due to the fact that the restaurant is a bit on the pricey side and as the restaurant looks quite posh too, in my mind I didn't consider going into it.
It was one day when I noticed a lunchtime deal that me and my partner decided to give it a go.
I am a very fussy eater and most chinese/cantonese/thai restaurants left me feeling that I was no better off than I would have been with a local take away. The food at Thai Edge however completely blew me away!
For the starter, we had a chicken dish, that came wrapped in some kind of leaves and was deep fried. the chicken was wonderfully cooked, was not at all greasy and had a mild flavour that I couldn't put my finger on but it was lovely. I usually have a bit of a problem with chicken served in restaurants too (I find that often chicken tends to come with a bit of gristle type substance), but the chicken at Thai Edge was gristle free!
For the main, I tried the thai red curry (that I ordered) and a panang (?) that my partner ordered. The flavours used in this were divine! The kaffir limes leaves included really added to the depth of flavour and it really was an absolute pleasure to eat.
For desert, my partner and I shared a chocolate and a lemon icecream-type dessert. These too were amazingly flavoured and although we were stuffed at the end of the meal, we would have quite easily carried on eating until we burst!
The interior of the restaurant has a water feature with caligraphy brushes as you go into the restaurant and the colour theme is deep purple and white. There are wooden carvings and small statues keeping with the Thai theme around the restaurant that are beautiful. The staff are all dressed to match the theme, with white and deep purple uniforms. The tables are all cleared quickly and set up perfectly. The whole place is gorgeously clean and perfect.
Needless to say I am very impressed with this restaurant - my partner and I now go there for special dinners e.g. anniversaries.
It is a bit pricey (although not outrageous), so I would recommend it for special occasions.
I've only been a foodie for a few years now. Growing up in the valleys of Wales meant that going to nice restaurants was pretty much unheard of and the best you could get was a night in the local "posh pub" with their version of lasagne and garlic bread. But once I moved to Birmingham and becoming involved with a guy very much into food, I developed a real love for it and was determined to try every decent restaurant in a 3 mile radius of Birmingham city centre.
Thai Edge was one such restaurant. It's based very centrally in the acclaimed and renovated Brindley Place, around 10 minutes walk from the centre of Brum. The décor and atmosphere of the restaurant is very modern and minimalistic with a bamboo screen along almost the whole length of the building separating a waiting and bar area from the main restaurant. Staff are decked out in Thai style outfits and the tables are simply laid out. A far cry I'm sure, from restaurants actually in Thailand- but this is Britain, and for the setting of Brindley Place, it's décor is pretty much bang on.
There's only one word to describe the food at Thai Edge, and that is fantastic. The menu is quite long, with plenty of chicken, pork, beef and seafood dishes, most of which are very traditionally Thai. There are few set menus to try from but be warned - myself and a friend once had one of these and they were huge - 3 courses and they could easily have fed 4 people but unfortunately the amount is per person (around £19.50 each). I'd personally recommend choosing a la carte.
When I last went to Thai Edge, I had the Panaeng chicken dish which is very similar to red thai curry, in that it's covered in coconut milk, with strands of chilli and lime leaves to garnish. This is my favourite dish at Thai Edge and at £7.90, not bad value for money either. Most dishes tend to be around £8, with the curries being around £10 and seafood sometimes being slightly more. The sticky rice is around £3 extra, starters are £5 - £8 and drinks some in at around £3 for a bottled beer and £4 for a glass of wine. For the city centre, this really is good value for money and the food is excellent. I'd also recommend the lunch menu, which is £7.95 for two courses and has around 5 or 6 dishes on both the starter and the main menus. Service is also very good, quick and efficient and even when packed out, they always make an effort to make sure you are never left waiting long for your food.
To conclude, I am very pleased that I discovered Thai Edge as it really stands out as one of those restaurants you want to visit time and time again. The service, food and ambience is excellent and I have never had a bad experience there. Definitely one to look out for if in Birmingham - but do book on a Friday or Saturday night - I'm not the only one who thinks it's a great restaurant!
Three locations: Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds