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.
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.
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.
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.