Located just up the road from Hankies Cafe an Indian restaurant I reviewed recently Thai Square is another of those hidden gems that you really should visit. It’s the perfect place for Thai food lovers and great for those that need a quick bite before or after visiting the theatre. Service is quick which was great as I was famished when I arrived to eat with my friend. If only I was faster at deciding what I wanted to eat as there were plenty of tempting dishes on the menu it did make it hard to decide quickly. The atmosphere here was nice and relaxed and the staff are on hand should they be needed – of course I watched them interacting with other diners too.
The restaurant was nicely set out, spacious and very clean and I will add should you make sure you visit the bathroom take it. Their bathroom was spotless and looks modern and smells gorgeous. If my memory serves me correctly it smelt like jasmine and is probably the best smelling bathroom I have ever visited.
The menu is varied and you will find specials, set menus as well as an A La Carte section. There is also a great wine and cocktail selection.
We began with cocktails whilst awaiting the food.
Crystal Ball (left)
Fresh lychee, fresh lemongrass, lemongrass infused vodka, ginger infused vodka, lychee liqueur, lychee juice, lime and demerara sugar.
This cocktail was lovely. It was nice and sweet just as I like them. There were chunks of lychee and lemongrass within the cocktail which was nice although it did block up the straw so I fished it out and ate it.
Me 2 You (right)
Fresh passion fruit, Passoa liquer, lychee liqueur, Bacardi 8yrs, passion fruit juice, orange juice, demerara sugar.
This packs a fruity, tangy tropical punch. It is a great cocktail full of flavour, refreshing and easy to drink. It’s a nice sized cocktail and great for a night out with the girls.
Both cocktails look impressive when they arrive at the table and tasted as good as they looked.
Salt and Chilli Squid
Minced chicken and prawns, water chestnuts, shitake mushroom and pepper wrapped in wanton leaves, steamed and topped with fried garlic. Served alongside sweet soya sauce.
There was so much flavour in this you could easily eat it without the sweet soy sauce provided although it did complement the dish well. This was a lovely meaty dish with nice sized chunks of prawns hidden within. A dish I would strongly recommend trying.
Spicy stir-fried sliced lamb with red curry paste, garlic, chillies, aubergines, Thai spices
and herbs with a hint of Whisky.
This was a very tasty dish. The portion was good and there were nice sized pieces of lamb that were not at all fatty. The fresh chilli and fresh peppercorns worked well as did the fresh Thai basil which really does add an amazing flavour.
Stir fried scallops sautéed with peppers, garlic, coriander and spinach in chef’s special paste.
The sauce this came in was amazing. There was so much flavour in this dish and I really was pleased I had chosen it. The scallops were large and juicy and worked well with the mix of chilli and the sweetness of the sauce as did the fresh coriander and Thai basil. I loved there were nice sized chunks of red and green chilli to add heat and colour.
Pak Choy with Chef’s Special Sauce
The pak choy was cooked to perfection with a good crunch to it and nice green leaves. The sauce was amazing and rather addictive with just the right amount of garlic.
The rice was great and the coconut flavour complemented the rest of the dishes well. This was drizzled with coconut creamy and finished with a sprinkle of toasted coconut. I would suggest making sure you get a rice dish so you can soak up all the juices from other dishes as you WON’T want to waste them once you sample them.
Mango and Coconut Ice Cream
This was delicious and very refreshing. I had been in two minds as to whether to get dessert as I had felt pretty full but I was really pleased I had and it was worth every single calorie. The coconut ice cream had a chocolate sauce drizzle so when eaten together it tasted like bounty. The strawberry sauce on the mango ice cream again went extremely well. I have to say these guys know how to combine flavours well as I can’t fault any of the dishes that I tried. If you like mango and coconut you must try and squeeze this in on your next visit. You can thank me later x
The dishes were all well presented were reasonably sized and tasted great. Everything was fresh and prepared to order including the garnish. Prices are not excessive for the West End.
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Disclaimer: I was invited along to Thai Square to sample the dishes in return for an honest review. I must say I was so pleased to have discovered this restaurant and hope to enjoy more of their dishes on one of my shopping trips. And before you ask I will be returning for more of that that ice cream as it was fabulous!!!