Sukothai, Leeds, Review

Thai food hasn’t always been at the top of my list of restaurants to visit, after dining at a couple of small street style thai places I quickly developed a taste for this South East Asian cuisine. Sukothai has been on the Leeds food scene for many years now, with branches in the city centre, headingley and Chapel Allerton, Sukothai has firmly established itself as a fine dining Thai restaurant. That said, I had never tried Sukothai until this weekend. So on Saturday Sam and I headed over to their Chapel Allerton restaurant to find out more.

The meal was booked for Saturday evening at 7:30, however, we were both feeling rather peckish and the restaurant kindly change our reservation to 6:15. It became quickly apparent throughout the evening why the restaurants are so highly thought of.

Upon our earlier arrival, the restaurant was already filling up quickly. We were greeted and promptly shown to our table and given the menu to look over.

Sukothai chapel allerton

The staff took our drinks orders, a Singha beer for myself and a diet coke for Sam. Our waiter also brought us some prawn crackers and a selection of dipping sauces, whilst we looked over the extensive menu.

It was nice to see a selection of dipping sauces rather than just the usual sweet chilli dipping sauce . There was also a very moorish peanut sauce and a hot chilli oil. The peanut sauce was definitely my favourite and seemed to go down a bit too well as it soon ran out. Although the staff did quickly notice this and kindly brought out some more.

Sukothai chapel allerton

To start with the Tong Kam Special mixed starter for two, did catch my eye, however as Sam had her sights firmly set on the Scallop Gratium Prik Thai £7.95 (stir-fried scallops with garlic and pepper), I opted for the classic dish of Satay Gai £6.95 (marinated chicken skewers, grilled and served with peanut sauce) instead.

Sukothai chapel allerton

The Scallops were served with a hot carrot and pepper salad in a soy dressing with shredded Chinese cabbage and lettuce. The dish was well presented and the carrot and pepper salad worked well with the scallops. The flavours balanced well with the delicate scallop taste. Sam did mention a smaller portion of the salads may have worked well so the scallops weren’t ‘lost’ amongst the other ingredients in the dish and to allow the main item of the dish to be showcased more.

Sukothai chapel allerton

I was impressed by the chicken satay and the first thing I noticed was the very healthy portion size (perfect if you were feeling particularly hungry like I was)! Whist the starter remained refined it was nice to see, the portion size still remained fairly generous, yet in keeping with the fine dining tone.

The chicken was cooked well and was tender and succulent. The chicken satay was served on a bed of shredded lettuce and the peanut sauce was served separate, allowing you to add as much or as little as you like. As you might be able to guess, after the sauce went down so well with the prawn crackers, none of it got wasted here either!

For main course I wanted to try something other than my preferred choice of chicken and decided on the Gang Ped Phed Yang £10.95 (roast duck, cooked in thai red curry with coconut milk, tomato and pineapple). Sam also slightly differed from her go-to thai option of a thai green chicken curry and mixed things up slightly with the, Gai Tod Prik Gang £10.95 (sliced chicken breast, dusted in flour, deep-fried and smothered with a creamy red curry sauce, topped with basil and lime leaf).

For side dishes, I opted for the sticky rice and Sam went for the Thai Jasmin rice.

Sukothai chapel allerton

Sukothai chapel allerton

Sukothai chapel allerton

Sam’s main came out first and she looked pretty impressed by her dish, as were the diners at the next table who all leaned over to ask what she had ordered and wanted to order the same. The dish remained light despite the chicken having been fried, to which the crispy chicken added a nice texture into the dish. The sauce was rich and creamy with a slight kick of chilli.

Sukothai chapel allerton

Sukothai chapel allerton

I was unsure what to expect from the duck, having never tried it in a curry in the past. The duck was cooked well and the pineapple added a nice sweetness to cut through the rich dish. Personally, I did think the flavour of the duck was perhaps a little too rich for the dish, and maybe the lighter flavour of chicken might have been more suited. Saying that I really enjoyed it.

Sukothai chapel allerton

Sukothai chapel allerton

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Sukothai. The staff were attentive throughout the evening, from ensuring our drinks were always topped up to clearing the crumbs from  our table between courses. It was clear to see why the restaurant has earned its strong reputation in the heart of the Leeds food scene. The food couldn’t be faulted and I would be happy to return here. I already have my eye on checking out on their cookery courses on offer.

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2 Comments

  1. 2nd February 2017 / 6:41 pm

    My sister lives in Leeds, so this may be something I suggest we go to next time I’m visiting her. I’ve always loved Thai food as the mix of salty, spicy, sweet and sour meld perfectly in a lot of their dishes. My sister likes it but it more apprehensive as she can’t handle spicy food!

  2. 2nd February 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I need to check this place out. I live in Wakefield and since coming back from Thailand I’ve been unable to find a decent Thai restaurant in West Yorkshire however this one looks really good!

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