There’s been a Thai restaurant attached to the Kings Arms for donkeys years. I’d never been but my partner had. It’s recently changed hands and been renamed so we thought we better go and give it a try.
Now it's fair to say that, whilst I may not know much about Thai food, I do know when I’ve had a good time in a restaurant and I had a really good time at Phanthong. There’s a friendly welcome, the always good sign of a shortish menu and freebie prawn crackers to nibble while you’re reading it. And we picked a great night to go – midweek they offer starter, main course and rice for £15 – a bargain.
So, there was mixed vegetables in tempura as one of the starters and thin spring rolls stuffed with prawn for the other. Crisp batter in both cases, and both with a bog standard sweet chilli sauce. We also took a Som Tam salad which was excellent – sweet papaya, lime and the bite of enough chilli to numb your lips for several minutes. I’m more used to seeing this as a standalone salad dish but, here, it comes with a couple of skewers of grilled chicken to act as a light main course (or third starter for greedy folk). Really nice presentation of all three plates – lots of work in carving turnips into roses – that sort of thing.
For mains, sea bass was the better of the two orders. Two fillets, topped with a drizzle of a chilli, garlic and basil sauce – really fragrant and not overpowering the delicate fish. Google tells me that Pad Krapow is a Thai classic – basically a stirfry of piggy with basil and chilli. Tender pork, lots of basil, not enough chilli – it was fine but not something I’d rush to order again. Plain boiled rice seemed the way to go for the carb.