Chinese and East Asian
It's always exciting when you find a great new place to dine, and Thai Fusion doesn't disappoint. Located on the Buxton Road between Hazel Grove and High Lane, it's housed in what used to be the Robin Hood pub, a traditional drinking establishment; it has now been transformed into a cool, spacious restaurant, tastefully decorated and with its own car park. Staff are helpful, attentive and more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the authentic Thai cuisine. To begin, we sampled three dishes freshly prepared by Thai chefs - kung tod (king prawns and vegetables in deliciously light tempura batter), tod man bla (spicy fish cakes) and kanam pang (chicken toasties, liberally sprinkled with sesame). All the dishes were note perfect. Could it get any better? Apparently so. The chu chi king (king prawns in a red coconut milk curry) was absolutely sublime, particularly when ladled copiously over a bed of cow suey (sticky fragrant rice). The moo preowan (sweet and sour pork with pineapple and Thai basil) was a delight and the perfect partner for bamee (soft round yellow noodles). In a word, wow. Most of the desserts are more conventional, though special mention must go to the hot bananas in coconut milk; the perfect culmination to a spicy meal. Throw in a perfectly decent house white and a bottle of chilled Singha beer and you've got a gastronomic experience you'll want to tell all your friends about. Those who fancy dining in style may care to investigate one of the four banquets on offer - reasonably priced at just £19.95 per head - while those on a budget might opt to arrive early (order before 7.30pm) to choose a starter and main course for just £8.95. True to its pub origins, there's even a lounge area where you can enjoy a quiet drink with no obligation to dine. Though when you smell the fragrant aromas of the Thai spices cooking, you'll surely be more than tempted.