Chinese and East Asian
Situated on the pretty quayside in Newcastle is the divine Mantra Thai restaurant. Serving the best Thai food outside of Bangkok, this is the place for serious Thai- food aficionados. Its interior, flanked with dark woods and low lighting, is elegant and sophisticated. Beginning with signature cocktails, my partner and I perused the extensive menu and selected classic starters including Thai fishcakes, tempura prawns and grilled pork skewers. Each dish was presented beautifully and the explosion of fragrant aromas had me reminiscing about holidays in Thailand. One bite of the pork skewers took me right back to the streets of Chiang Mai and I loved every mouthful of the authentic sticky rice. Following these mouth-watering appetisers, we paused to enjoy some tom yum. This fragrant soup was a riot of sweet, sour, spicy and citrus flavours and jam-packed with juicy king prawns. For our main courses, we tried some more adventurous Thai dishes such as choo chee curry with more of those delicious prawns, and roasted duck curry that offered a little more heat. Struggling to climb this gastronomic mountain, we managed to pack in a classic Thai papaya salad that offered a pleasing freshness and raw crunch to offset the rich, spicy curries.
With a plethora of authentic Thai dishes on offer in a luxurious dining lounge, and the added bonus of a customer car park, Mantra Thai delivers on all levels and should be a must on every Thai food lover’s culinary calendar.