Koh Thai Tapas was born in Dorset in 2009. It was a restaurant to break Thai eating conventions as the first to offer authentic Thai food, cooked by native Thai chefs, yet served in the European-style of tapas dining, appealing to sociable and adventurous diners. Here was a place where the holy flavours of Thai cuisine could be shared and sampled tapas-style with fiery cocktails, far-flung beers and world-class music. Koh has quickly made a name for itself as a place for everyone to eat and enjoy; a place at once authentic, beautiful, unpretentious, relaxed and refined.
The Bournemouth restaurant was the second in the Koh family. Moving into Bournemouth’s ‘Soho Quarter’ in The Triangle, Koh Thai fast became a major destination in the town centre. This much larger restaurant splits a fast-paced tapas-bar area with a sleek, classic restaurant. Alongside signature murals from local artist Slam Daniels there is a wooden outdoor terrace for those long summer nights.
If you are popping in for a taste of Thai, the 24-hour ribs come highly recommended, as does Koh’s own chicken satay. For a main course, you can’t go wrong with the roast duck curry – tender duck served in a red curry sauce, beautifully contrasted with fresh fruity notes of pineapple, cherry tomato and grapes. For those with milder preferences, the yellow curry is a great alternative – it’s just as packed with rich flavours and comes with your choice of filling.
On the carefully crafted cocktail menu, favourites include a fruity gin-based Summer Daze with lime, passionfruit and Midori Melon liqueur or a long vodka-based drink: the Koh Samui Cooler. If none of the beautifully presented cocktails on the menu take your fancy, ask the experienced bartenders to mix up your own bespoke beverage. There’s also a selection of beer, cider and wine to complement your food.
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