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Tarn Thai – Restaurant of Dreams

I’ve not had the time or inclination to cook anything blogworthy of late, so I thought I would review a restaurant instead. Tarn Thai is one of my favourite restaurants in Nottingham. I go there almost every term with my Pharmacy friends and we never get tired of it! ūüėÄ

The decor is an inspiring spectacular splendor unlike any other. There are golden dragons, water features as well as other cool, obsure ornaments and hangings that make you feel like you’re intruding on a secret dining room of a lavish oriental palace. I really wish that I had some pictures to wow you all with. I promise to update with some when I¬†inevitably revisit this restaurant of dreams!

I recommend that you visit at lunchtime and chose the Set meal meal option for £7.95. For this tiny price you can order a starter, a main, and get some tea or coffee after your meal.

And now the food. The food, like the decor is gorgeously presented. There are carrots carved into flower shapes with almost everything you order and even the rice is moulded into heart or flower shapes before serving.

My favourite choice of starter changes from time to time, at the moment it’s the¬†See Kroong Moo Ob. These are sweet and delicious tender ribs. Most of the time it’s cooked so well that the meat just slides off the bone. Below is a picture of this starter, courtesy of my lovely friend Kim who has more yummy photos you can foodgasm over. Just go here!

See Kroong Moo Ob

Now comes the main. The¬†Gaeng Phed Ped Yang is a red curry with succulent strips of duck with chunks¬†pineapple, tomatoes… and the next ingredient tips the scale to rocket this dish into pure awesomeness….. lychees! Lychees! Delicious, juicy, sweet and refreshing¬†lychees! I love lychees. As far as I’m concerned this is the best main you could possibly go for. I’ve tried my friends’ mains and even ordered something different for myself once, but went straight back to this duck curry. The picture is again thanks to the lovely Kim. Oh and don’t worry, rice is included in a lovely form on a separate plate! ūüėÄ

Gaeng Phed Ped Yang

Other recommendations:

  • Starter –¬†Tord Man Pla (thai style fishcakes)
  • Starter –¬†Gai Hor Bai Teuy (marinated chicken in¬†pandan leaves)
  • Main – Gaeng Kiew Waaan Gai (green chicken curry)

The only thing that the restaurant could improve on is the wait staff. It’s not that they’re incompetent or rude, they’re actually very friendly and polite. However, they’re not very helpful if you have no idea what to order or easy to attract when you want to ask a question.

But I suppose if you go by my word then you’ll know exactly what dishes to order and should have no problems… I hope! ūüėÄ