It’s Thai-m to Walk on the Wild Side at Thai Square, Putney

19 Nov 2017

Sometimes, there’s something quite magical about London - walking over Putney Bridge and looking out onto The River Thames on a cold Friday night made me get those butterflies again for the city I love so dearly...or maybe it was just that I was so hungry and excited for an exhilarating evening of Thai food?! Either way, walking up to a restaurant that’s exterior looked like a ship, instantly excited me even more and with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking The Thames, I felt like I was in for a fabulous Friday night.

There are quite a few Thai Square branches dotted around, but the venue in Putney is definitely one for date nights and walking in to the restaurant, it is clear to see that they think the same, with the majority of tables set for 2 (although there was a large round table, at what I like to call ‘the front of the ship’ – and yes, I was slightly jealous that I wasn’t sat there, able to take in the riverside views as well as people watch along the High Street!)

Exclusive to Putney, the executive menu, which we were due to try, had been created by the venue’s Executive Chef, Parichat Sanguthai (or Oula as she is more affectionately known) and aimed to give the usual Thai menu a fusion twist, blending both eastern and western cultures.

When I eat out, I tend to opt for dishes that I wouldn’t be able to cook at home, so to start we tried the scallops. Drenched in butter, garlic and chilli and displayed in their shells, what was not to like!? The sauce was so flavoursome, I wanted to pick up the shell and get every last drop out. Be prepared to get messy if you go for the prawn dishes…they certainly look spectacular but you only get one prawn for both the starters and mains, which seems a little mean to me, I could have eaten a few more, but perhaps I am just greedy!

I tried the noodles with black truffles and crispy fried prawns for my main course (or rather prawn), and whilst the noodles were delicious, the truffle flavour, which is normally very strong, was disappointingly underwhelming.  The Thai flavours of sweet basil, chilli and garlic however, really made the noodles come into their own.

The Lamb rack with basil and chilli is a must for the meat lovers out there, seriously tender and juicy meat that is just melt in your mouth! However you need to be able to handle your spice, something my fiancé can not…he had to ask for milk to stop him from going as red as the chilli’s in the dish!

To drink, I had to see what their cocktails were like, and the obvious choice was The Thai Square Full Moon (£11) – it’s a sweet and tropical blend of Thai rum, with Passai and pineapple and passion fruit juices, perfect to wash down the heavily chilli based menu.

If you can handle your heat, you will most certainly love this new menu. But even if you are a lemon and herb Nando’s kind of person, do give Thai Square a go – they have also started an afternoon tea menu, which if the executive menu was anything to go by, will be an awesome array of flavours!


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