Have they still got it? : Thai Edge Review

Ask anyone about where to find the best Thai food in Leeds, and most will mention Sukhothai and Chaophraya, and rightly so. Each of these franchises pay as much attention to interior design and service as they do the cuisine, and the results are impressive.

Situated just off Millennium Square, Thai Edge arrived on the scene long before the cities big-players, but had eluded me for some reason, despite hearing mostly glowing reports. My recent visit made me wish I’d tried the place sooner, as each dish was exceptional, and up there with some of the best I’d tried at the aforementioned eateries.

I have found the majority of Thai establishments seem to settle for a simplistic, humble setting, or go all out, with opulent décor and traditional ornaments. Thai Edge seem to eschew this trend, and sits somewhere in the middle, which makes for a relatively comfortable setting.

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Off to a good start: Mixed Grilled Platter

Anyhow, enough about the tables and chairs, let’s get to the food. I went for the Mixed Grilled Platter (12.50 pp.) to start, and consists of a mouth-watering selection of seafood and meats, including king prawns, beef sirloin, satay salmon and lamb chops.

The dish arrived beautifully presented (which didn’t last long) with a decent selection of dipping sauces. It was easily one of the best starters I’ve had in recent memory, and was satisfying in both quality and quantity.

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Chef’s Signature Dish: Duck, prawns and scallops

The choice of mains is vast, and you can easily sink a Singha or two whilst choosing. In the end, I opted for Head Chef Anon’s Signature Dish (16.95) which is a selection of roast duck , king prawns and scallops. It also comes served with jasmine rice and chef’s secret sauce. Sounds slightly dubious, but this was really good. Again, a lot of effort went into presentation, with the rice arriving wrapped up neatly in banana leaves – nice touch.

I left feeling like I’d definitely return, and although it lacked the grandness of some of its peers, it more than makes up for with the quality of the food, and at very reasonable prices too. Thai Edge comes highly recommended and is well worth paying a visit.

Thai Edge, New Portland Street, 7 Calverley Street, LS1 3da. 0113 243 6333

http://www.thaiedgeleeds.co.uk

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