New restaurant brings a twist of Thai Norwich to
A refreshing atmosphere, traditional Thai food and friendly service are all on the menu for new Norwich restaurant The Tamarind Tree
For many countries, food reflects some of the most important aspects of people’s lives – their culture, values, health and even environment.
Thai food is no different – traditionally aromatic, the dishes roll hot, sweet and sour flavours into one, creating something unique and delicious.
The Tamarind Tree is an authentic Thai restaurant which has just opened in Norwich city centre.
Situated on All Saints Street, the restaurant has been taken over by the owners of the Thai Herbal Retreat Spa, just across the road.
With a modern, fresh look, owner Peerada Morgan Johnson has paid particular attention to creating a calm, welcoming space where people can relax.
“At the spa, everyone says how they feel at home, they’re comfortable and relaxed and that’s how we want people to feel at the restaurant too.”
She and head chef Tam Chai designed the menu, which is inspired by the dishes Peerada grew up with in Thailand.
“The dishes are very traditional – they’re a real taste of Thailand. I love to cook and I love the taste of Thai food.”
The menu includes a variety of foodie delights and, with the option to mix and match a choice of meats, tofu and king prawns with a range of different curries, sauces, rice or noodles, it’s easy to find something that really suits your taste.
“We do a classic crispy belly pork dish served with jasmine rice which is really popular.”
The pork is Blythburgh free-range, sourced locally from the award winning butchers, Archer’s.
Mains include jungle curry, weeping tiger beef, cashew nut and chilli-oil stir fries and grilled giant prawns.
The tamarind fruit also plays a large part in providing a base for a lot of the dishes which inspired the restaurant’s name.
With a keen eye for detail, Peerada is passionate about making sure each dish is beautifully presented. “All the dishes should look and taste perfect.”
After building up her Thai spa retreat over the past four years, Peerada is looking forward to developing the restaurant and its links with the spa too.
“Customers can come across to the restaurant and enjoy lunch in between treatments, or perhaps a mother and daughter will come into the spa and have their nails done and afterwards, they can come across for dinner” says Peerada.
With Buddhist inspired art on the walls, the restaurant is also an ideal place for celebrations and they welcome parties and group bookings.
Peerada also plans to open the refurbished first floor in the new year for more formal dining, so there will be even more room to enjoy the food.
The Tamarind Tree is open Monday-Sunday from 12pm 1 All Saints Street, Norwich NR1 3LG 01603 667809 [email protected]marindtree.co.uk thetamarindtree.co.uk