12 March 2016

Koh Thai Tapas comes to Salisbury

Having been to Koh Thai Bournemouth many times, I was very excited to hear that the boutique restaurant chain was coming to Salisbury.

The upstairs area. No
dance floor in sight
I'm not a big fan of restaurant chains taking over our high street and we definitely have our fair share of them in Salisbury. However, Koh Thai Tapas is a small chain. And, each of the restaurants is very different and has an individual feel. Or as their website says: "Each Koh restaurant oozes its own personality, its own local charm."

In advance of the opening, there was chatter on Twitter for weeks about when it would open. So, I was delighted when it finally did and we popped along for Mother's Day.
The picture my husband admired

The restaurant occupies the buildings on Endless Street that used to be a nightclub, where I spent too much of my youth. But they have entirely renovated the inside and it bears none of the feelings of a dinghy nightclub. In fact, the interior is a great mix of modern design with an oriental feel. It's not overly cluttered and there's a lovely, orange glow to the place. My husband was especially taken with the huge artwork behind us on the wall.
Double parked. Well, it was
Mother's Day.

The greeter/host was really friendly (and pretty easy on the eye) and offered us a choice of tables because we had our son with us. In fact, all the serving staff were super friendly and helpful. I would say more so than the Bournemouth one where the staff can be overly "prompt", but perhaps that's because they are always so busy.

Our Tapas style starters
The food was the quality you'd expect from Koh. If you've never been, it's Thai food, but with smaller portions that you mix and match. The meal sizes certainly weren't boutique though. And, typically we ordered too much. 

We both had Dim Sum to start and there were five large, delicious dumplings on my plate. I also had the squid and my husband had the spicy prawns. Thoughtfully, they brought my son's noodles with the starters which is great because he has minimal patience. I then had the Thai beef salad and my husband had spicy friend rice.

My son playing with the
"carrot art". 
All washed down with two Margaritas from their extensive cocktail menu and I also got a free glass of Prosecco as it was Mother's Day.

The bathrooms were very luxuriant and smelt of lemon grass. Sadly, no baby changing facilities, but the disabled toilet was out of order (as was one of the ladies toilets so I think they still had some work to do). So perhaps there will be facilities in the future.

Overall, a fantastic dining experience. Delicious, quality food, friendly and attentive staff with a contemporary and relaxed atmosphere.