Thai on the Square, Wakefield

In honour of “Frank” Shinawatra, glorious and noble owner of Man City Football Club, I like to dine Thai occasionally….  Chaophraya in Leeds and Manchester are amongst my favourite Thai restos, but I am always game to try something new.  In a random internet search, I found one in Wakefield which was poorly located in a ropey town square, in a one horse town, with no car park for miles around, and drab architecture all around.  The omens weren’t good.

Not the most salubrious exterior….

Thai on the Square had an entrance that would have looked only average for a Soho massage parlour.  Fortunately the dining room was a beautiful tightrope walk between traditional Thai and modern English.  I think it struck the perfect balance.  We were shown to a discreet table next to a window and left to eat our “free” prawn crackers with Thai sweet chilli dipping sauce.  I ordered the most interesting wine on the menu, albeit the cheapest by a country mile.  Monsoon Valley, one might have expected to be wet, but in fact was a bone dry wine made from Malaga Blanc grapes from the Chaophraya delta “floating vineyards”.  It smelt of rotting grass (but only faintly).  The taste was of lemongrass, watermelon, grapefruit and green tea – fab value at £10.60 ($20).

Seabass…awesome…for some reason

The food was astonishingly good.  Thai cooking is (apparently) very healthy and certainly includes some of the best vegetable topiary I have ever seen.  In fairness, when did you last see a fat Thai person?  The squid and prawn in garlic Thai style was accompanied by the most hot, piquant and gorgeous sweet chilli sauce.  My main course of Seabass in tamarind sauce was perfectly cooked and boned in a butterfly style.

Wine from Chaophraya?  I thought that was in Leeds…

The total bill was only £49 including wine (but not including service).  The best value meal I have eaten in ages.  Just take the bus to get there to save a parking headache.

THAI on the Square, 3 Cross Square, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  WF1 1PQ.  T:  01924 298555.  W:  www.thaionthesquare.co.uk

5 Responses to “Thai on the Square, Wakefield”

  1. Douglas Says:

    Coren’s currently rather shy.

    On the subject of your Malaga Blanc, which uses the Buddhist calendar: http://douglas-wine.blogspot.com/search?q=malaga

    The door to The Square looks like the entrance to a brothel.

  2. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    Yeah it’s really cool to be drinking a wine from the year 2548 don’t you think?

  3. Ciaran Says:

    You’ve probably already know about Sala Thai in Leeds – if not, give it a try – but for quality of food I don’t think you can beat Thai Jantra in Boston Spa (http://www.thai-jantra.co.uk/). Having said that, if you try it and don’t like it, I take no responsibility.

  4. Go Media Says:

    very nice place our office is quite near

  5. thai kitchen Says:

    thai kitchen…

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