Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Everyone Loves Thai

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Everyone Loves Thai

Article excerpt

ONE of my favourite ever holidays was spent in the south of Thailand a few years ago.

I revelled in the traditional cuisine and I am always eager to try to find restaurants that replicate those tastes and flavours.

With Love's Thai I've come as close as I think I can possibly get.

This popular city centre restaurant is celebrating its first birthday this August and last night hosted a traditional, authentic, Thai evening for guests and loyal customers.

I couldn't make it (I am now on holiday - sadly not Thailand again!) - so decided to head there last week to see what all the fuss is about.

First off, over to co-owner Ukrit Thaweerat, who explains where the name idea came from, and the passion behind the business: "I'm originally from South Thailand, but moved to England 10 years ago when I finished studying. I saw a gap in the market, and realised that there wasn't many other Thai restaurants around, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to test myself, and share my passion for cooking with the North East.

"My business and life partner, Sutima Chaybumrung, and I decided upon the name of the restaurant together. We love to cook, love Thai food, and love each other, and with that, Love's Thai was born."

Well, I certainly fell in love with the place too. Four of us got together for a good catch-up, but much of the talk was about the food and how "The good it was!

The decor is subtle, with artefacts brought over from Thailand. curry peanut, had It was certainly authentic cuisine too and for starters I had po-tak ta-lay (pounds 5.95), a clear spicy soup with a certain sourness packed with seafood, chili and galangal. It was everything you could wish for and had a terrific kick to it.

Fusspot went for his favourite chicken satay (pounds 5.95) - marinated chicken on skewers, grilled and served with a peanut sauce. It did the business too.

Dickie opted for the tempura (pounds 5.95) - deep-fried prawns, served in crispy breadcrumbs and served with plum sauce. …

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