Street Thai | Brighton
I feel like blogging has brought out a braver side in me recently. Once an incredibly fussy eater, and never one to walk into a restaurant that looked empty, my curiosity about trying new food and places for myself has taken over. I mean, I ate an Octopus Hot Dog the other day – and it was delicious!
The other evening as we were finishing work, a couple of the girls and I were really craving Thai food and got thinking about where to go. So far I’ve only been to two thai restaurants in Brighton and a couple of pubs that do thai menus, so am always keen to try somewhere new; then, Street Thai popped into my head. Having walked past it so often in Brighton Square and been intrigued by the extensive menu, it’s been in the back of my mind for a while. However, the reviews and talk about Street Thai are somewhat mixed, which is usually enough to put me off trying a place, but as the blogger in me feels more daring now, we went for it.
Restaurant and Service
Street Thai is actually a rather large restaurant, with a bigger floor upstairs and outdoor terrace for the warmer weather. The simple and contemporary layout creates a clean impression (well, it does for me anyway), but sadly there isn’t much personality about the place. For a restaurant taking inspiration from Thai street food, there is no obvious theme or character, not that that’s wholly important but it does definitely add something.
The staff here are so polite and attentive, which came across as a genuine want to help. The only qualm I had when ordering was not being given a very long time to decide, and as I am soo indecisive I often have to say I’m not yet ready to order. I’m pretty used to this, except that after I had said this we were checked on again I think twice in a few minutes which makes me feel like I need to hurry up and pick something – and there is nothing worse than being left disappointed by your own decision!
We shared some thai crackers and spring rolls, which were both great. The crackers come with a sweet chilli sauce, whilst the spring rolls had a lovely, sweet plum sauce on the side. Both delicious and moreish, it made for a promising start.
I went for the Nua Pad Prik Thai Dam, which is stir fried beef with onion in a garlic and black pepper sauce, served with jasmine rice and a soup. The girls both went for Kaeng Keaw Wan – thai green curries, that are also served with rice. It is worth noting that all curry and stir fried dishes are served with rice, which makes the value for money all the better as dishes came in at £8.95 and £8.50 respectively, and there are set menu deals on offer too.
Dishes are presented well and look great; needless to say I was pretty excited when mine arrived. The stir fried beef was pretty tasty, but after a while I realised that it was actually quite salty and I’m sure, for many, it would be too much. So whilst enjoyable, a little too salty and, for me, there needed to be a bit more of the stir fry for the amount of rice on the plate.
The girls told me they both enjoyed their green curries, although none of us were really too sure on the authenticity of the taste of the dishes, especially considering we were supposed to be eating street food. It didn’t appear any different to the kinds of dishes you’d find within most other Thai restaurants.
Not for me, sadly. The food was mostly good but like I said it didn’t seem to be an accurate representation of Thai street food. This, coupled with the lack of an atmosphere or personality within Street Thai itself, for me means that I would probably not come back or really recommend it. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t enough to shout about, apart from the friendly staff and quick service. With so many restaurants in Brighton, unfortunately Street Thai is not doing much to stand out from the others.
Have you been to Street Thai before? I’d love to hear of any previous experiences there, as I have heard many mixed opinions!
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