Thai 9 Restaurant, ReadingBy Stuart White
May 07, 2009
All you can eat dining without the compromise of taste, flavour, presentation and service.
The stylish Thai 9 has just opened opposite The Hexagon – replacing a lengthy list of failed restaurants who occupied that corner beforehand – and I was impressed. Thai meets Japanese sushi in a knockout combination.
There are a few rules to follow when ordering, with a few dishes attracting a £3 supplement, but the basic bottom line is £13.80 to fill your boots, or stomach.
OK, the restaurant will add a 10 per cent service charge on your bill but all this fine Thai food for £15 is great value. It’s cheaper at lunch time too – £5.80 eat in or £3.50 for a takeaway hot box.
There are also a few takeaway deals to look out for – check out the website, which should see Thai 9 attract enough business to power through these days of recession.
It’s a brave time to be opening a restaurant, so please order responsibly even though you will be tempted by quite a number of the dishes.
“We won’t stop people ordering,” admitted the enthusiastic manager. But nobody likes to see food go to waste.
Everything is cooked on demand so best advice is to take your time and work through the comprehensive menu – service is fast so you won’t be waiting long.
The sushi chef has his own corner of the restaurant and it is possible to mix and match. However, I was focused entirely on the Thai food as for some strange reason, and I know everybody else loves it, I just do not like sushi. Sorry chef, although I liked the ‘how to eat sushi guide’ on the menu.
So all the usual Thai appetisers are listed – look out for the angel wings (breaded chicken stuffed with sweet chilli sauce), the tender pandan chicken and delicious duck spring rolls.
Also remember to always have a Singha beer on the table to take away the bite of fresh Thai spice.
For mains, I would recommend the tamarind duck, masaman curry and chilli king prawn.
I must also tell you about the ginger sea bass. For £3 more you get a whole fish, head and all, steamed with mushroom and peppers. I have paid more than £15 for sea bass alone in many restaurants.
Upstairs, Thai 9 has a couple of karaoke rooms for hire. There is a minimum spend charge which works out around £25 a head, but for that you should be able to eat and drink, and sing, as much as you like.
That’s something to shout about.
- Telephone: (0118) 958 8293
- Website: www.thainine.co.uk
- Address: Thai 9
9 Queens Walk