It was Friday 13th, if you are superstitious this is an unlucky day, but last week on Friday 13th I felt just the opposite when my family and I dined at Sukhothai Thai Restaurant in the heart of Leeds City Centre. Sukhothai is the name of a city in Thailand where the restaurant’s head chef and owner was brought up and the name translates to English as ‘the dawn of happiness’, so this was a perfect place to go to put a positive interpretation onto the calendar date.
The restaurant on South Parade has a calming atmosphere when you walk through the door. Buddha heads greet us everywhere and the decor is luxurious but not intimidating. The staff welcomed us with a friendly smile when we entered and we watched from their beautifully decorated waiting area whilst they prepared our table. It gave me a chance to take it all in – there is something to see in every direction from glass crystals hanging from the ceiling to gold buddha statues to stone carvings hanging from the walls. It was a visual treat and it made my mouth water in anticipation of what was to come.
Spent last night at the lovely Thai restaurant Sukhothai in Leeds where I encountered Buddha all over the place! Absolutely loved the food @sukhothai_ where we were reviewing for my blog…. and the Buddha! . . . #enlightenment #motivation #wisdom #creative #true #instagood #truth #photooftheday #sukhothai #leeds #igersleeds #thatsdarling #nothingisordinary #simplepleasures #dailyinspiration #inspirationalquotes #lightworker #spiritual #inspireyou #higherself #bloggerlife #restaurantreview #love #thai #foodie #thaifood
We were looked after on the evening by the restaurant manager Tui and his team. They proved to be a source of great knowledge as we asked for their recommendations on the best rice pairing for the dishes and to suggest a meal for our teenager who didn’t know what she wanted other than it had to contain chicken and noodles! She ended up with Pad Thai which was a delicious combination of stir-fried noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, carrot, spring onion, ground peanuts and chicken although you could also opt to have pork, beef or prawns. My husband and I wanted to savour as much as possible so we opted for a starter of a Mixed Satay Platter – which is an assortment of satay chicken, Moo Yang and Nua Yang. This is a sharing starter and costs £8.50 per person.
The food was really delicious. I was worried about something being too spicy for me but I checked my choices with the waiting staff and they were able to tell me what would be mild and the various ingredients in the dish. For my main course I opted for the Gai Yang (£12.95), a grilled chicken breast marinated in oyster sauce, garlic, black pepper and lime leaves. It came with a special sauce and was served on a sizzling platter and to accompany it I chose the Thai sticky rice (Khao Niew £3.25). My husband went for Gata Lon(£10.95) – a spicier dish that had chicken, stir-fried with garlic, black pepper, lime leaves, oyster sauce, lemongrass, onion, fresh chilli and crispy basil served on a sizzling hot platter with sticky rice.
By now the restaurant was filling up and turned out to be a busy Friday night – it had a pleasant atmosphere and there was even a birthday in the house as the Sukhothai servers gathered round a young girl to sing ‘Happy Birthday’, bringing her a little cake. We all joined in with the fun and seeing her cake turned my thoughts to the dessert menu.
Whilst the kids went for chocolate fudge cake, I liked the look of the sticky toffee pudding and my husband went for a lemon & ginger cheesecake and a coffee. We took loads of photos on the night – here my daughter is taking after me and Instagramming the food!
Last night the family and I were at @sukhothai_ in Leeds where we were reviewing the delicious food for my blog. The #review will be out shortly, this shot is of us Instagramming our pudding! . . . #photooftheday #sukhothai #leeds #igersleeds #thatsdarling #nothingisordinary #simplepleasures #dailyinspiration #inspirationalquotes #spiritual #inspireyou #bloggerlife #restaurantreview #love #thai #foodie #thaifood #pudding #dessert #eatingout
I love that blogging takes me to places that I’ve never been before but after eating here and enjoying the whole dining experience, I’d definitely go again. Sukhothai does a Sunday Buffet each weekend which is £14.95 per person and starts from 12 – 3pm which I think would be fun to try. The buffet includes a selection of starters, main courses and desserts which they change every week so you can keep going and experiencing new tastes. That’s your weekend dining sorted!
Try Sukhothai Thai Restaurants at locations in Harrogate, Chapel Allerton, Leeds Headingley and Leeds City Centre. The restaurant we went to was Leeds City Centre which you can find here:
15 South Parade
Tel: 0113 242 2795
Thank you to Sukhothai Leeds for hosting us on the evening. We were guests of the restaurant for the purposes of writing this review.