The King and I is a brief stroll from our place in Guildford and is discovered in an previous house that has been was fairly a pleasing and engaging eating area – with a few of the rooms in the direction of the rear out there for personal events – the waiters, decked out in conventional Thai costumes, add to the atmosphere.
A pretty big menu consists of all you anticipate in a Thai spot – a superb vary of vegetarian food can also be obtainable. Iced water was delivered to the desk as quickly as we sat and as it’s BYO ice buckets have been promptly provided. And there isn’t any corkage charged – which is all the time welcome.
However, one factor to notice for all of the dishes is that the chilli element of the dishes is sort of restrained – I suppose catering for extra Westernized palates – I ordered a aspect of chopped chilli, however even they have been on the very low finish of spicy. A bit of additional zestiness would go an extended method to enhancing the food choices – nevertheless for all that the food is nicely cooked with the standard Thai aromatics.
We started with Pad Talay a stir fry of combined seafood – prawns, fish, squid and mussels all had an element to play – with pepper, basil and chilli.
Seafood in the stir fry was cooked properly, retaining slightly firmness and crunch, whereas the greens cooked with it have been likewise recent and crisp. The flavours of this dish have been attribute of Thai delicacies with fragrant basil and lemon grass displaying via – and the spice degree was as I talked about above average to low.
Our second important, steamed fish with chilli, lemon, coriander, onion scattered throughout – served on a fish formed plate the fish was tender, juicy and flaked simply – a pleasing dish which might have been so a lot better if the chilli flavours have been extra pronounced.
All in all, the King and I seems nicely cooked food, properly built-in spices, complementary flavours; the décor provides to its allure – simply the shortage of warmth in the spicing of the food lets it down – a very good, strong suburban Thai restaurant, value getting alongside to expertise.