The Navigator

The Navigator

Chinese and East Asian

0.5 miles
63 High Street, Little Shelford, CB22 5ES

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The Navigator in Little Shelford is a striking amalgam of the east and west. You'd be forgiven for not noticing it, as from the outside it resembles a traditional pub. So too does the interior, decked out, as it is, with oak-beamed ceilings, red brick columns, simple wood furniture, specials chalkboards and low-key lighting. Yet the food on the menu is anything but traditional pub fare. It is, in fact, exquisite Thai cuisine, with a variety of different cooking styles, and fresh ingredients abound. Dishes range from curries, stir-fries and noodles to vegetarian dishes. Moreover, you're always guaranteed to find your favourite Thai recipe on offer.

My partner and I settled down to a table with a cold bottle of sauvignon blanc and perused the starter menu. I was instantly seduced by the prospect of chicken satay while my partner opted for the fishcakes. Asian dining is typically convivial, so we shared both dishes, slowly picking at both, savouring every last flavour. The fishcakes were the best I'd ever tried the chicken satay, too, was scrumptious.

For mains I decided on the gai pad preaw wan, which came with large chunks of juicy chicken, pineapple, onion and tomato. I was won over by its subtly spicy undertones and big, tangy flavours.

My partner is a fan of Thai curries and, as a result, is quite the critic. She opted for the Panang gai, which arrived piping hot, attractively presented with its coconut milk sauce, peppers, onions and Thai herbs. Her silence throughout spoke volumes, and she didn't even leave a mouthful for me. Afterwards, she said it was without a doubt the finest Thai curry she had ever eaten.

If you haven't already visited - and even if you have - The Navigator should be top of your list for places to dine. It's simply fantastic.
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Open: Mon-Weds noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Thurs 11am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm