Thairiffic not only has a pretty fabulous name it also boasts utterly scrummy Thai food in a very lovely wee restaurant above Sauchiehall Street. Open for the last 3 months and right opposite my work I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to visit. A Tuesday birthday was the tipping point and having popped into the restaurant to book a work event a few weeks back I was actually a little worried that it’d be pretty quiet. However! Even on a Tuesday at 6pm, there were at least 6 other tables eating and it got steadily busier as the night went on.
So to the food…. we went for a shared, mixed starter which included fish cakes, satay chicken, intriguingly named, rock and roll, crab dumpling and vegetable tempura – sounds a lot? Holey moley! It was! Check out just how much we got…
… and I can safely report it was all delicious! Especially the meat – what bit was that? Rock and roll maybe – who cares what it was called though, it was really very tasty. The tempura was good – red peppers, broccoli and carrots all light and crispy. The fish cakes were magically creamy and crunchy when you bit into them. The chicken satay was moist and melt in the mouth and the amazing selection of Thai sauces? It was a work of art! Beautiful colours, gorgeous tastes – I couldn’t get enough of dunking those delicious bites into this saucey selection…
Before I go any further I should really mention the wine. I didn’t take a note of the name but I think it was the Chilean Merlot (of course it was, have we met before?!). Now whether it was because I hadn’t had a glass in a while, or because it was 6pm after a hectic day at work but this wine tastes amazingly good – the best I’ve had out anywhere in ages – rich, fruity, my description doesn’t do it justice. After two glasses I can also report that I was a little on the tipsy side. Oh yes, it’s my birthday and I’m tiddled. Fabulous
So on to the the main course – as if there was any room left for any of that malarky! I ordered the Thairific curry, a chargrilled rack of lamb in orange curry (the colour, not the taste!), courgettes and carrots. With a side of boiled rice (boring but good for you fact fans), the meal was very, very good, the lamb rack was melt in the mouth and the curry itself was an exercise in mildly spicy gorgeousness. My only problem? I was too full already! Calum generally has a greater capacity for eats and ordered the Love Duck Curry – with a name like that, hell I nearly ordered it too! Sadly though, it didn’t quite do the trick for him. A bit too sweet, a bit too Thai I suspect as he’s not as big a fan as I am. It was a beautifully presented dish as you can see from the pic below but it just didn’t pass the taste test.
So, Thairiffic – I feel like my review hasn’t been as glowing as it should be but I think it’s just because my mind (and my tummy) was blown by the starter – it was so huge that it meant the main course was an effort to finish and in fact neither of us managed to. However, fullness aside, the food was beautifully presented, fresh and delicious, the wine was absolutely glorious and the staff were all super accommodating and attentive – top marks for service
All that taken into account, I think it’s four yumyums out of five for Thairiffic – I will definitely be back!