Chinese and East Asian
You can expect the cuisine to live up to the exquisite standards set by the surroundings: the food is excellent and totally authentic. When we visited, starters included Thai fish cakes - delicate and tasty - and mussels in butter with fresh Thai herbs, which proved a refreshing change from the heavy Thai sauces that so often overpower fresh seafood. Main courses include ped phad khing - stir-fried duck with ginger, onion, pepper, mushroom and spring onion served with oyster sauce - and for those who prefer seafood, goong phad priew wan, which sees stir-fried king prawns with pineapple, onion, peppers, baby corn and cucumber in a sweet and sour sauce. We also found, of course, authentic Thai curries and several options for vegetarians.
Proprietor Graham Wilson bought the restaurant over three years ago and has shown admirable vision in developing it. The atmosphere is peaceful and harmonious, perhaps partly because Buddhist monks come every two years to bless the restaurant, its staff and members of the local Thai community. Eating here really brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'feel-good food'. When a member of the Thai royal family came to visit Cheltenham a few years ago, this was the restaurant they chose. My friend and I felt that they would be equally happy with it if they came to visit now - a meal at Thai Bistro is an absolutely delightful experience to be enjoyed by one and all.