Thai Palace, Beverley – Restaurant Review
By Karl Hornsey
Despite having lived in Beverley for many years, my wife and I had, until recently, walked past the Thai Palace on numerous occasions, but never been in. I’m pleased to say that oversight has now been rectified. The restaurant styles itself as providing authentic food in an authentic setting by authentic Thai staff. You get the idea. And this is as authentic as they come.
We booked a table for 4 on a Saturday lunchtime (booking most definitely advisable) and were shown to the cosy room upstairs, with all of the tables downstairs already taken. While there is an extensive evening menu, there is also a smaller lunchtime menu at £7.95 for one course, or £9.95 for two courses. We all chose the latter and were happy to, although the main courses are substantial enough to leave one quite replete.
“Light and plentiful”
Our choice of starters included Park Tord Tempum – deep-fried crispy vegetables in light batter with a chilli sauce, and Tord Mun Pla – Thai original fish cakes with a sweet chilli and peanut sauce. Both were presented beautifully in large bowls with salad garnish and intricately carved carrots batons.
The Tempum were deliciously light and certainly plentiful, with courgettes, carrots, mushrooms and corn cobs among the vegetables to savour. The fish cakes were densely packed, but not heavy, full of flavour, with the peanut sauce an ideal accompaniment.
With more than 30 options for our mains, we were spoilt for choice, but all coincidentally opted for chicken dishes, all with a serving of jasmine steamed rice, including Pad Khing – stir-fried chicken with fresh ginger, onions and mushrooms, and Gaeng Ga Ree – yellow chicken curry in coconut milk with potatoes and vegetables.
The Pad Khing was tender and well-flavoured, with hints of ginger and a strong infusion of lemongrass coming through, while the Gaeng was just the right texture, not overpowered by the coconut milk, making it light and creamy, and more than enough for those with a hearty appetite.
However, the star of the show was the Gai Pad Himmaparn or stir-fried battered chicken with cashew nuts, which was wonderfully tasty, melting in the mouth and accompanied by a zingy sauce that only made me wish I had ordered that particular dish and not been afforded just a forkful from my wife.
Our only regret on leaving was that we hadn’t been to the Thai Palace before, but I’m already looking forward to a return visit and the chance to sample much more of this exquisite menu.
Thai Palace, 14 Lairgate, Beverley HU17 8EE
Opens 12-2:30pm, 5:30-11:30pm daily