The King and I

The King and I

Chinese and East Asian

0.5 miles
134 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2BR

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This classic Thai restaurant lies near the mighty gateway in the ancient walls that once fortified Southampton city centre, and is quite a find. Softly spoken Saitip and her ladies greeted us - their sweet smiles said everything. We inhaled intoxicating aromas from the open-toview kitchen as we walked to our table - this would be something special.

The menu explains the ethos behind Thai cuisine, listing the properties and benefits of leaves and spices and providing a fascinating insight into Thai culture, while helping you choose. We waited, dipping spicy crackers into chilli sauce, basking in the warm red glow that pervades, while costumed waitresses weaved between the diners.

This is exciting food with real Eastern promise, appealing to all the senses: colourful and sizzling, pungent, sweet and perfumed, smooth and nutty, sometimes spicy, yet so subtle that no single ingredient overwhelms another. We played at trying to identify each - greatly enhancing our enjoyment.

You must try the Thai soup, which has all the above elements - prettily served in petal-shaped bowls. We leave you to discover your own favourites, just as we did. Dinner for two averages £45. Individual preferences and dietary needs are accommodated. Saturdays have Thai dancing displays and a takeaway service is available.
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Open: Mon-Sun 6pm- 10.30pm