Eating Out: Paw Thai, Cleethorpes
IF YOU want to go out for something to eat in Cleethorpes and aren’t in the mood for curry, you can find yourself wanting ideas – but we have the answer. Head to Paw Thai – the newest restaurant on what is quickly turning into Cleethorpes’ Thai quarter, also known as Alexandra Road.
It was a Thursday night, we were looking for a restaurant in Cleethorpes to review. We didn’t fancy an Indian, which ruled out the abundance of curry houses, so we went for a wander and came across Paw Thai, which opened in October.
It is now the third Thai restaurant on that street, which could well be the start of a challenge on Indian food’s apparent dominance of the resort – and perhaps the resort’s quite convincing challenge to India as the home of Indian cuisine.
The restaurant is very contemporary inside with a spacious bar area and a restaurant that goes much further back than you might expect.
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On tap, they sell Peroni and Carling instead of traditional Asian beers, such as Singha or Chang. However, the lady who showed us to our seat was clearly authentically Thai, which made up for the beer – and very polite, too.
We ordered two pints of Peroni (£3.30) which we supped as the waitress brought some prawn crackers in a quaint china pot, shaped like a boat, with a compartment of sweet chilli sauce.
We ordered one of the set menus to give my colleague – who was sampling Thai for the second time after a not so pleasant first experience – a chance to try a bit of everything.
Set Menu B (£29.50) had a mixed starter, green curry, pad peaw waan gai and mad ma ma pak (explanations to come) with steamed, sticky jasmine rice.
The starter consisted of crispy vegetable spring rolls, chicken satays on skewers, chicken toast in batter, crispy chicken wontons and sweet and spicy fish cakes with a sweet chilli sauce, another sweet dip with carrot and onions and some peanut sauce for the satay.
All the different flavours were a treat for the palate, a mix of spicy and sweet with crispy and meaty textures that makes even an Indian seem bland.
Then for the mains. The green curry, or geng keaw waan gai was, in layman’s terms, bamboo shoots, courgette, peppers and sweet basil with coconut milk, which tastes sweet because of the rich, creamy, coconut sauce – but it has an afterburning sensation.
The pad peaw waan gai was stir fried chicken with onion, cucumber, tomatoes, pineapple, peppers and spring onion – again, very sweet but without the spice of the green curry and similar to a Chinese sweet and sour but the sauce is a little less... “gloopy”.
Pad ma ma pak was a very savoury stir fried noodles dish with egg, green, cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts and spring onion. We also had the sticky rice, which was perfect for soaking up the creamy coconut sauce in the green curry.
The meal was the perfect amount for two people, me, who has attempted numerous Man vs Food challenges and my colleague, known in some circles as the human dustbin. But what did he think of his second ever Thai meal?
He said: “I’m partial to an Indian or Chinese, but I have only ever sampled Thai once before and I wasn’t impressed – but that was a few years ago.
“The mixed starter certainly offered plenty of variety, from Thai fishcakes to breaded chicken with a tasty selection of dips – although I can’t say I am a fan of the peanut sauce.
“The main course also offered a nice selection of dishes. From Thai green curry, which had quite a kick, to stir fry. Given the choice I would still go for an Indian or Chinese, but I won’t be leaving it quite as long before I frequent a Thai restaurant again.”
I, however, am a fan of Thai food, and this was as good as any I have tasted – certainly in this area. So when the polite lady who had been serving us asked if we will be recommending the restaurant to our friends, I was glad to say yes. And I recommend it to you, too.