After reaching back from Kendal to our hotel – we had a quick change and headed out to Ambleside to a Thai restaurant called Jintana – according to Trip Advisor, its ranked #7th out of 72 restaurants in Ambleside, which is not bad at all. Read the various reviews here on Trip Advisor.
They had lovely Thai statues that greeted you when you walked in.
We got this special seat where your feet dangle down into a hidden hole that’s beneath the table! I like quirky things like this!
We were given this as a pre-starter and, though we had no clue what we were eating – it tasted lovely. We asked them what it was and the chef said it was rice noodles mixed with tamarind paste (among other ‘secret’ ingredients) It was a lovely crunchy ball of sweet mess that for some reason all gelled together beautifully when it shouldn’t have.
For starters, we all shared the Jintana Platter, which to me was perfect as you get a little bit of each of the starters they had on the menu. This way – you get to taste everything! Included are; Spring Rolls, King Prawn Blankets, Pork Sesame Toast and Sweet Corn Fritters. Point to note, the Pork Sesame Toast is AMAZING. I know everyone likes the normal Prawn Sesame Toast, but the twist of Pork added to this makes for a truly extra scrumptious piece of prawn toast! Way to go on making a normally bland piece of prawn toast taste awesome! Who said you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks eh?! 🙂 🙂
Served with this platter is also a sweet chilli dip and a sweet and sour plum sauce.
The better half is a fan of Spicy Green Papaya Salad. I’m not too fussed about it – I could have it or not. I wouldn’t normally order it if I’m not with him, so it came as no surprise when he ordered this for the table. The taste was surprisingly tangy and zingy (more so than the ones we have had at other Thai restaurants) – with a hit of chilli that made my mouth burn – possibly one of the hottest papaya salads I’ve had! If you’re a hot salad fan – I would recommend this. GLS liked it too (odd for her as she is a salad dodger!)
I’m pretty boring when it comes to choosing my meal at any Thai restaurant – ok maybe boring is not the right word I’m looking for, more inquisitive. We make thai green curry a lot at home and so I like to try thai green curries if I’m at a Thai restaurant (in fact, as I’m writing this post, I am eating thai green curry left-overs!) This particular dish was not as spicy as I would have liked it to be and a tad too creamy. They get extra points for putting in a very generous amount of chicken and one thing I definitely will be taking away from this dish is the inclusion of bamboo to it – it really did make the dish taste sweeter and a whole lot crunchier!
For my rice accompaniment, I had Thai Jasmine Rice steamed delicately with coconut milk. The coconut milk just added a tiny amount of sweetness to the rice and gave it the most wonderful smell – it also taste’s divine. I don’t know if I can replicate this at home – but I certainly will try. Highly recommended dish!
For his main, the better half had Thai Jungle Curry. As the name implies – its meant to be hot hot hot. This dish is made with no coconut milk so if you like hot dishes that’s not creamy – this is your winner. The better half said it was not as spicy as he would have liked it to be (anyone wonders if we have odd taste buds?!), but again, generous amounts of chicken given.
For his rice accompaniment, he had Thai Sticky Rice served in a traditional bamboo basket. Be warned – it is a very very very sticky rice!
The GLS had Pork Pad Thai, which is pork served on rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts (she asked for this to be excluded – told you she was a salad dodger!!) tofu and cashew nuts, all stir fried in their special Pad Thai sauce. I am not normally a fan of Pad Thai – its just noodles with vegetables and meat, but the sauce they used really made this dish interesting. A must try if you are a noodle fan for sure.
And finally dessert. I am a HUGE fan of this (mostly desserts in general but this has got to be my favourite IF made properly). Fresh Thai mango served with vanilla ice cream and Pandan (tropical plant often used in south-east Asian cooking) sticky rice, with poured over coconut milk. Now, the ones I have had were never this complicated – I’m used to just mango with sticky rice and coconut milk – and that is divine. In my opinion, they took a gorgeous simple Thai dessert and made it too complicated. The ice cream felt like it had no place and was fighting for your taste buds to muscle out the coconut milk, the Pandan sticky rice was overly sweet and the inclusion of the strawberry just proved too much for me personally. I really wanted to like this dish as this is my favourite dessert – but alas, it was not to be. Where they came out on top for giving a twist on the traditional Prawn Toast starter, they did not manage to come out on top for trying to give this simple mango dessert a twist with their added ingredients. Sad times folks 🙁
All in all – a really lovely restaurant that is a must to visit – if we ever came back here, there is no doubt in my mind we will return to this restaurant (yes, even though I think I might have to choose a different dessert!). Service was fast and the staff very friendly. Not expensive too and really tasty food.
Check out the restaurants website here.
Right – I am off for a shower. The GLS has left and is homebound now, so I’m feeling a little sad and sorry for myself. To perk myself up – I shall treat myself to a whole bar of Kendal mint cake. 🙂
Speak soon my lovelies!