At­mos­phere:

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It was Mother’s Day and we had three gen­er­a­tions of Mums to cel­e­brate so we booked a ta­ble to en­sure we didn’t miss out. It was freez­ing out­side and we were hap­pily en­veloped in warmth when we walked into Thai­ta­nium. We were promptly taken to our ta­ble to the strains of easy-lis­ten­ing Thai and dim light­ing over head. While the mood light­ing was ro­man­tic it made it pretty dif­fi­cult for ag­ing eyes to read the over­sized, rather clumsy menus.

Ser­vice:

Chil­dren’s menus were promptly pro­duced and the wait staff were happy to take the kids’ or­ders first, fol­lowed by drinks and en­trees. A re­turn visit saw us ready to or­der our mains and im­me­di­ately af­ter the food started ar­riv­ing. We were early din­ers on the night but even as the restau­rant be­gan fill­ing ev­ery­thing ar­rived smartly and looked fab­u­lous. When Madam 4 re­quested more tomato sauce she was given the bot­tle. Noth­ing was a prob­lem. The chil­dren were happy to dis­cover colour­ing pens and paper on the counter near the end of the meal. It would have been nice to be made aware of them ear­lier.

Food:

The chil­dren’s menu was a bit of a rev­e­la­tion and Madam 4, who is no fan of any­thing other than fish and chips, bread and sausages, was de­lighted to find the ‘‘Kiwi bid set’’, six spring rolls with chips, tomato sauce and a hot choco­late. Her older and slightly more ad­ven­tur­ous sis­ter chose the Dol­phin Set, three chicken sa­tay sticks with egg noo­dles, peanut sauce and a hot choco­late. Both were $15 – on the pricey side for kids’ meals – but were large meals and much en­joyed.

The adults started with a cou­ple of mixed starters, each in­clud­ing co­conut prawns, chicken sa­tay, fried won­tons, spring rolls and curry puffs ($22 for a two people). De­li­cious and per­fectly pre­sented on cab­bage leaf crock­ery.

We de­cided to share our mains, each hav­ing a small plate of rice in the sig­na­ture teddy bear pre­sen­ta­tion. Our mains in­cluded a siz­zling chicken cashew nut dish ($20) which was a real hit – more flavour­some than your usual Euro­pean-ised chicken and cashew dish and the chunky chicken was deep fried. The siz­zling beef in oys­ter sauce ($20) had good sized fresh veg­eta­bles with a nice crunch – as did all the wok meals. The sweet and sour pork ($17) was, in my opin­ion only and not all of my din­ing com­pan­ions agreed, much nicer and bet­ter spiced then the gluggy Chi­nese ver­sion we so of­ten see.

Glenda was in the mood for a salad and the spicy Plah Prawn salad with cashew nuts ($22.50) was a great choice. I’m not al­ways a fan of a salad when there are so many op­tions but this was divine.

The fi­nal dish was Choo Chee – creamy red curry paste stir fried with kaf­fir lime leaves topped on deep fried chunks of Blue Cod ($28). This was Karl’s pick for the night and it re­ally was very good and a large serv­ing to boot.

Ver­dict:

We had a fab­u­lous meal. The food was fan­tas­tic – fresh and flavour­some and all the good things we as­so­ciate with Thai food. The chil­dren’s menu was an added bonus. We felt well looked af­ter and are pleased to re­port Thai­ta­nium continues its ex­cel­lent work.

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