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Review: Going coconuts for this Preston Thai takeaway

Posted on - 24th November, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Friargate, Opinion, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Restaurants in Preston, Takeaways
The mixed platter starter
The mixed platter starter

Next up in Blog Preston’s new series of reviews – Best and Worst Preston Takeaways According to Just Eat – is the five star rated restaurant and takeaway A Taste of Thailand, which is located in Friargate in Preston city centre. Just Eat customers have described the curries as “fantastic” but a few were unhappy with the length of time it took for their food to be delivered.

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I placed an order on Tuesday at 8.40pm and settled down to wait. Twenty minutes later as I was still trawling through Netflix, the delivery driver was knocking on my door. There was an undignified scramble to warm plates and source cutlery, but the food was still extremely hot so that wasn’t a problem.

We had ordered a mixed platter to start for £6.95, which consisted of one sweetcorn fritter, one chicken wing, a spring roll, one fish cake, a slice of chicken toast and a chicken satay stick.

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The starter as a whole was enjoyable, though I found the chicken toast to be greasy. The spring roll looked and tasted homemade, the fish cake and the sweetcorn fritters were small but authentic as was the satay stick. The chicken wing was covered in a sweet sauce which complimented the chicken but overwhelmed the other items a little, so I would have preferred it to have been in a separate container. Nothing in the starter contained hot spice, making it a good choice to share. 

I also ordered a large coconut soup at £6.50, having never tried it before. Unfortunately, I was far too excited when I was ordering and didn’t read the description properly. When I gave it a quick stir it became apparent that a loathsome mushroom had infiltrated its way into my dinner and was partying with the decent vegetables, which is the soupy equivalent of Hugh Hefner in a hot tub with the Playboy Bunnies. I know it’s a thing but I don’t ever want to find it going on in my home. 

Coconut soup
The coconut soup in happier times, before the mushroom showed up

Once the offensive item had been removed and hurled into my back garden for whichever weird animal might want to eat it, I could safely enjoy the mild spices and the flavour of lime leaves and galangal. 

The green chicken curry at £7.95 was a perfect example of one of the most popular Thai curries, and the vegetable massaman curry at the same price was also spot on, with a definite taste of peanuts and star anise.

Green chicken curry
The green chicken curry was authentic

The jasmine rice was a good accompaniment at £2 but the chips were disappointing. I believe they were frozen skinny fries and we found them wooden, dry and mealy. Next time I will avoid the chips and order extra rice or a portion of noodles.

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All in all we were happy with our Taste of Thailand experience. As the curries and the soup both contained coconut we were a little coconutted out by the end of the meal. It was my mistake as they were all excellent dishes, but in the future I will just order one item containing coconut and will instead brave some of the less familiar Thai food on offer.

I didn’t mention to the restaurant that the chips weren’t up to scratch as we had more than enough food. However, there are several comments on Just Eat indicating that complaints are dealt with politely and swiftly. 

I recommend A Taste of Thailand as although it is on the pricier side of takeaways, the fresh ingredients and authentic spices make their food a treat worth the occasional splurge.

Have you tried a takeaway from A Taste of Thailand? Let us know if you enjoyed it in the comments below.

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