#14 Visiting Sukhothai

Sawasdee Ka! Five-star food treatment is exactly what we got after visiting the award winning Sukhothai restaurant in Leeds last night. Meaning the ‘dawn of happiness’ Sukhothai did exactly that – as both of us were overwhelmed with the quality of food and service which was presented to us.

We settled at our seats in the busy restaurant located on the South Parade in Leeds. We ordered drinks – namely the bottled Chang so familiar with this fabulous part of south east Asia - before reading through the menu and ordering our food this evening. It must be noted that the list of food at Sukhothai is extensive and truly authentic (owner and head chef Ban Kaewkraikhot opened her first UK restaurant in 2002 in Chapel Allerton following 8 years of running her restaurant in Bangkok).

Having decided our starters, we were not waiting long until we were served our food. First up was a Satay Gai consisting of skewered and grilled tender chicken served with a deliciously smooth peanut sauce.  We also opted for the equally delicious and crispy battered Gung Chup Pang Tod (tiger prawns) decorated with salad leaves and a sweet chilli sauce.

With another round of drinks ordered and, on this occasion, a cool and guilt free school night Mojito Mocktail – life in south east Asia felt that one step closer when our next order arrived. The deep fried sliced chicken breast in creamy red sauce with Thai basil and lime leaf was the dish we had been imagining. We had simply been spoilt for choice this evening but could not have made a better choice with this fabulous dish. Alongside the chicken, we also dined on the brilliant beef X1 Pad Nam Prik Pao which was made up with a delicate hint of chilli oil alongside sweet basil, mushroom, onion and carrot. The more familiar to many Pad Thai accompanied our main course and like the rest of the food tonight it proved exceptional in taste and quality throughout – in fact everything tonight tasted just as we remembered from our visits across Thailand.

Having been named as one of the top ten Thai restaurants in the country by The Times and The Sunday Times as well as being listed in the Michelin Guide – a visit to the amazing Sukhothai should not be missed. With restaurants across Harrogate and Leeds – Thailand never tasted so close to home.

Visit Sukhotai.co.uk for more information on their amazing story and delicious food on offer!

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