The Thai House, just off Churchill Way in Central Cardiff, serves delicious Oriental cuisine with authentic Thai hospitality. The restaurant’s romantic decor and genuinely friendly service perfectly compliment its irresistible array of dishes.
Situated on Guilford Crescent, just off Churchill Way, The Thai House is centrally located yet quietly detached from the main thoroughfare. A short walk away from the hustle and bustle of high street shopping, the restaurant is a soothing escape from the pace of the city centre.
From the pale yellow exterior of the restaurant, you may not expect much, but once you open the door, you are greeted by the exotic smells of lemongrass and chillies, warm lighting and kind staff.
Thai art hangs from the walls, precisely positioned between tropical plants and flowers. Gentle light from modern fixtures brightens the wood detailing around the restaurant, including the bamboo place mats and wicker furniture (which is not at all uncomfortable).
The interior design is simple yet pleasing. Tables are strategically set up throughout the restaurant to provide enough room to move freely, while maintaining an intimate dining experience.
Even if you have never been to Thailand, upon entering the Thai House, you’ll feel as if you have been whisked away on a tropical Thai holiday. Graceful waitresses dressed head-to-toe in traditional silk garments move effortlessly between tables, lifting soups and curries off trays, filling the air with wonderfully scented aromas. The clamour of dishes is muffled by the consistent waves of conversation emanating from various tables.
The service is prompt, polite and friendly. The staff easily remember even the most extensive orders and are patient when it comes to guests attempting to pronounce the names of Thai dishes. For those less comfortable with practising their Thai at the dinner table, there are numbers on the menu for ordering purposes.
Looking around you will see businessmen, families and couples. The Thai House is a restaurant that attracts a wide range of customers of all different ages and backgrounds.
The Thai House offers an extensive menu made up of authentic dishes from various regions of Thailand, as well as modern and familiar Oriental variations. The portions are decent and the prices, though slightly high, are understandable considering the calibre of the ingredients used.
The menu lists extensive choices for starters, mains and desserts. A reliable appetizer is the sate. Unlike many restaurants, where the meat is presented on skewers, the Thai House’s sate (£5.95) consists of multiple strips of tender beef or chicken, seasoned to perfection, with a healthy portion of rich and creamy peanut sauce on the side. They even provide slices of toast to soak up the extra sauce.
As for mains, the hot green chicken curry (£8.50) is spicy and creamy with hints of citrus, and goes well with a large helping of chewy pad Thai (stir fried noodles) (£6.95) and some fragrant rice (£2.25). If you’re in the mood for something spicy, try one of the soups, like dom yam gung, for £6.50. The hot broth will clear your sinuses and leave your palate wanting more.
Save room for dessert. The Thai House’s banana fritters (£4.95) truly are a thing of beauty. The warm, crispy texture is perfectly complimented by the smooth ice-cream. The presentation is like a piece of art and it is a wonderful way to finish a meal.
There is also a lunch menu, set menus for parties of 2 and 4, and specialised menus for events. The Thai House offers many vegetarian options. Most dishes can be altered for dietary requirements and the staff always seems happy to help.
The Thai House offers a comprehensive wine list and bar to match its menu. The Italian Cabernet Sauvignon for only £14.95 is clean with a rich finish that manages to go well with intense Thai flavours. Many of the sweeter white wines with citrus undertones that are offered go well with spicier dishes and the staff are more than happy to recommend a wine that will go well with your personal order.
The Last Word
For exceptional Thai food, atmosphere and service, the Thai House is undeniably the best in Cardiff.