When it comes to Thai food, I would like to think of myself as a little bit of a connoisseur. I have dined at many Thai restaurants from street food style to a la carte and I have also spent time in Thailand sampling local dishes. Thai food is by far my favourite cuisine - it is plentiful in flavour, it not only looks, but tastes very healthy and there's so many variations of dishes that I could never get bored of it. Over the last few months I have been working my way around my local Thai restaurants in the search to find the most authentic, best value for money and most importantly, the restaurant that offers the best vegetarian thai dishes as these are in the minority as the Thai cuisine is based heavily around fish and meat. My latest venture was to Sukhothai in Leeds City Centre for a date night with my husband- a restaurant known for being one of the premier fine dining Thai restaurants in Yorkshire and a restaurant which boasts critical acclaim and numerous awards.
The vegetarian menu at Sukhothai is vast and has an array of contemporary and also traditional dishes available. Most vegetarian's are used to stepping in a Thai restaurant and only being able to order a Pad Thai, but this isn't the case here, there's a whole separate menu for us herbivores. Having perused the menu for well over fifteen minutes, smiling delightfully at the wide range of options available to me, I proceeded to order the Khanom Jeeb Pak (£5.50) which is steamed vegetable dumplings served with soy sauce and crispy garlic for starter and then the Pad Pak Prik Thai Dam (£8.95) which is stir-fried mixed vegetables with cracked black pepper, shiitake mushrooms, bean curd, garlic, chilli and soy sauce for main, with a side of obligatory steamed jasmine rice.
The starter was impressively presented and tasted juicy and flavoursome. I loved the texture of the dumplings and it really made a lovely change from my usual spring rolls or vegetable tempura, overall it was very filling without being too heavy and was a great start to the meal. It was shortly followed by an equally impressive main that was packed full of flavour with the black pepper and had the most wonderful selection of fresh veggies, all giving the dish a beautiful flush of colour. The meal was faultless.
Overall my experience at Sukhothai was fantastic - the service was impeccable, the staff were all very polite and quick to serve without feeling too rushed and the food was exceptional, especially for us vegetarians who are usually left with not much choice when it comes to Thai food. Would I visit again? Definitely.
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