A cheerful, unpretentious restaurant with plenty of delicious Thai food to choose from.
Located in the heart of China Town, Try Thai has a very simple layout and style, with crisp white tablecloths, comfortable chairs and a few Oriental trinkets thrown in for good measure. It also has the advantage of being situated on the upper ground floor, which makes it light and airy, whereas many restaurants in this area are below ground level and, as a result, can be a bit dingy.
With welcoming and attentive staff and an enormous menu, Try Thai attracts diners from all walks of life and has a very pleasant, homely feel.
The menu is extremely extensive and it can be a little overwhelming when you are leafing through it. There is a varied range of stir-fries, fish dishes and Thai curries to choose from, with vegetarian alternatives for most of the meat dishes as well.
The Try Thai hors d’oeuvres for two to share (£5.90) are an ideal way to get your taste buds tingling before your main course. The combination platter of spicy Thai fish cakes, garlic spare ribs, sticky satay chicken and crispy coriander beef offers a good cross-section of many different Thai classics.
If you do manage to pick something from the vast menu for your main course, the sea bass is an excellent choice. It’s not cheap, though (£16). Simply char-grilled and served with a Thai spicy seafood sauce, the flaky, smoke flavoured fish is cooked to precision. The ideal accompaniment to this dish is the sweet fragrant coconut rice (£3).
If you want something a little cheaper, you can’t go wrong with one of their many tasty, nutritious stir-fries, ranging in price from £7.50 - £9.95, excluding rice.
Try Thai’s drinks menu is almost as extensive as their food one, with a good range of beers and over thirty wines to choose from. The Chang beer (£2.80) is a refreshing accompaniment to the hot and spicy mixed starter, and just because they sponsor Everton shouldn’t put you off trying it out. The French Chardonnay Georges Duboeuf (£13.90), with its zesty lemon finish goes well with the sea bass. There is also an impressive range of spirits on offer, with anything from Smirnoff Red Vodka (£2.50) to Glenfiddich (£2.80) to choose from.
The Last Word
A bright, lively, welcoming restaurant with an impressive range of excellent food and drink on offer. If you think Chinatown is exclusively full of Chinese restaurants, think again and give Try Thai a go.