Golden Spoons Review: Thai House Restaurant: CNS Local Life

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(CNS Foodie): I found myself in the mood for Thai food and wondered what better place to go than Thai House restaurant? It is located in the heart of George Town on Elizabethan Square. I think many of us can forget it because of its location (and lack of parking), but there is certainly a lot of foot traffic due to the lunch crowd in the area. I hadn’t eaten there until about a year ago, when I was invited to a birthday dinner and karaoke.

If you walk into the restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is its light lime green walls and faux pagoda bar. Green seems an appropriate choice as it is said to evoke feelings of harmony, freshness and life which are all things I attribute to a good meal. You wouldn’t think lime green is a harmonious color, but it works well with any dark panels in the area.

My partner and I went for lunch and were quickly greeted, seated at a table by the window and given menus. It was nice to be able to people watch and take in so much natural light. Our server was welcoming and helpful throughout our meal as were all of the staff as they all seemed to help where they could.

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Thai egg rolls

We chose to order from their regular menu rather than having their lunch buffet. We started with egg rolls ($ 5) and crispy beef ($ 13.95) and ordered drinks. Beau went with a Corona ($ 4.25) but I absolutely can’t get enough of Thai tea ($ 3) and find it to be the perfect addition to balance out the expected warmth of a Thai meal.

The spring rolls were as expected – crispy, full of texture, piping hot and a bit oily. They came three on a plate and were served with a sweet and sour sauce.

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Crispy beef

I had never tried the crispy beef before and it arrived in a large pile on an oval plate placed in the middle of our table. The fried and lightly breaded slices of beef were accompanied by a spicy nam phrik sauce. The tender, slightly crunchy beef and the hot sauce was a great combination. The portion was larger than expected so we were able to bring some home for later.

I find it hard to eat Thai food without having curry. Thai curries are my choice when cooking at home, so the ordering doesn’t tend to be much different. My date followed my lead and we ordered a green curry and a red curry, both with chicken ($ 14.95 each).

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Chicken with red curry

My red curry was full of chicken, carrots and bok choy. It was tasty, creamy and spicy with a hint of sweetness. The coconut milk base brought the sweetness, while the red curry paste brought out the salty. Notes of kaffir lime, ginger and red chili peppers sparkled and paired perfectly with the tomato-based curry sauce and coconut milk. This is one of the hottest curries out there, but if you can handle the spice, you should try it. Or take a page from me and order some Thai tea to help take off some heat.

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Green chicken curry

Another favorite of mine is green curry. It’s softer than the red version but still has a good kick. The coconut milk and cream in this dish helped reduce the spices from the green peppers a bit. The addition of basil also added freshness to the dish and worked well with its citrus notes. Both curries were served with white rice and veg, but this one had the addition of broccoli which I rather liked as it turned out to be helpful in absorbing the sauce.

The meal left us happy satisfied. While my partner grabbed a Magners ($ 4.25) and the check, I asked for takeout boxes as we had a decent amount of food to snack on later.

The total bill for two was $ 69.39 including a 15% tip which we added ourselves as the tip is not an auto debit which was a nice change.

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Key words: Asian cuisine, George Town, Thai cuisine, Thai House

Category: Golden Spoons Review, Lunch


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