Good Thai restaurants are few and far between in this neck of the woods (SW Birmingham), but through personal recommendation a friend recommended Maekong Thai.
So a few days ago we booked a table for 5:30 on a Sunday evening* (a generally quieter time compared to Friday and Saturday nights).
The restaurant is quite long but not very wide; so you have tables either side of the central walkway. And I can imagine if it gets really busy it might be a challenge walking down the aisle without having to negotiate chairs.
Despite that very minor point, the place looked suitably authentic, clean & welcoming.
We were offered drinks and menus within a couple of minutes of being seated. My parted opted for a glass of diet coke; while I went for a refreshing lager (I don't think they serve beers on tap, but more from cans)
The evening menu is quite varied and relatively easy to understand and visualise. But if you need a second opinion the attentive assistant will offer to help.
For starters I opted for the "Tom Yum" (traditional Thai chicken & mushroom hot and sour clear soup flavoured with lemongrass, fresh chillies, lime leaves and galangal)
My partner went for the chicken satay (marinated grilled skewers of chicken (gai) served with peanut sauce)
Both were served within about 10 minutes, and both were absolutely divine!
For mains, my partner chose the chicken massaman (mild peanut curry with coconut milk and Thai herbs), with coconut rice; and I went for Kang Dang Chicken (classic red Thai curry with coconut milk), and again with coconut rice and two sides of chips.
Roughly 15-20 minutes later, our food arrived: all piping hot, well presented and very aromatic, Seemed such a shame eating into it it looked so nice!
We just about managed desserts of vanilla ice cream and orange sorbet. Again very nice and just finished off a very pleasant evening.
The bill came to around £63 for two. So not cheap, but the quality of food makes up for that, and you do feel suitably full on leaving.
We were then for around 90 minutes, and the place was roughly half-full by the time we left at 7pm. Most people there were couples and a family of four. All well behaved and generally quite quiet.
Service was good, and we left a voluntary £5 tip.
we will definitely be going again. We have fallen in love with all things Thai!
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