Thai Emerald - Cheltenham
The distinctive entrance to Thai Emerald, which is tucked away in St George’s Place, Cheltenham, may suggest a small, enchanting restaurant lies within, though once inside it’s more like a magical oasis. A flowing waterfall greets you in the reception area while the main restaurant has an impressive atrium roof and an abundance of teak, which seamlessly blends with original Thai carvings, beautiful Oriental artefacts, a plethora of tropical plants and hand-carved teak furniture. The restaurant can seat up to 100 people, so large parties are welcome, although booking is essential.
Owners Manop and Saree Boontim’s philosophy is to provide a unique experience that embraces all of one’s senses. They aim to capture the warm and friendly atmosphere of Thailand and recreate it in the heart of Gloucestershire. Having opened their first Thai Emerald restaurant in Evesham 15 years ago, their longevity is no doubt down to the experience offered and, of course, the reasonable prices.
The vast array of wonderful cuisine offers truly authentic food that originates from all over Thailand, with each dish meticulously prepared using traditional Thai ingredients and fresh produce. The exquisite food is served by courteous and enthusiastic staff who dress in traditional silk and are pleased to serve you in true Thai fashion. Open every day of the week, they also offer a superb express lunch menu (except Monday lunch). Diners with hearty appetites should visit on a Sunday to make the most of the magnificent all-you-can-eat buffet at Cheltenham or Evesham.
In the evening, guests can order from the new à la carte menu that encompasses a selection of extensive banquet meals, seafood, soups, salads, Thai curries, a wide choice of vegetarian meals and tempting home-cooked desserts. Make sure you don’t miss out on regional specialities, including lightly battered sea bass with lemongrass and tamarind sauce, mixed seafood stir-fry and marinated fillet steak with homemade chilli paste. The owners offer the same high standards of delicious cuisine in similarly beautiful surroundings at their Thai Emerald restaurants in Cirencester and Evesham, and their Thai Modern restaurant in Milton Keynes.