The Zen Garden
Chinese and East Asian
SenSpa at Careys Manor, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, New Forest, SO42 7RH
If authenticity is what you want, The Zen Garden at SenSpa in the Carey's Manor Hotel promises a truly delicious Thai experience. Sizzling dishes combined with aromas of lemongrass, coriander and chilli, served in the exquisitely designed Zen Garden, transport the diner to the exotic Far East. From the ever-popular pad Thai, a delicious mix of noodles, chicken and prawns, to the keng massaman - beef cooked in a coconut curry with tamarind and peanuts - and the traditional Thai green curry, there is a plethora of dishes to try. The desserts include tasty treats such as pumpkin custard, banana fritters, fresh mango and coconut sorbets, and iced ginger and palm sugar parfait. All the produce is organic, free range and local wherever possible; and, because the chefs all hail from Thailand, you are guaranteed a truly authentic Thai dining experience. The friendliness and efficiency of the staff flows with a natural ease, a trait that seems to be intrinsically Thai. The restaurant manager says that the focus at the SenSpa and The Zen Garden is on 'inner radiance', inherently reflected in the attitude towards the service and food. Elegant but not pretentious, everything is simply natural and delicious.