Last weekend we celebrated Liams birthday with an evening full of Thai deliciousness, and indulgent wine. I took him to The Fox Inn, Tangley who do the best Thai food around and are located in the countryside which makes for a lovely setting. We first tried the food there about a year ago and were so impressed, I really wanted to take him back there.
I'm not the most educated at Thai cuisine but everything that I have ever eaten has been delicious! And of course, I experiment with Thai ingredients in home cooking but that's more me mixing flavours rather than experiencing authentic Thai dishes. Liam loves Thailand and the cuisine so quite often I'll listen to what he's thinking of ordering and make my mind up. I also think a good Thai restaurant is hard to come by - flavour wise, the food has to be just right.
As we were choosing our starters, we got some complimentary crackers which were very nice - spicy and full of flavour all on their own. We decided to get a mixed platter for 2, and a Tom Yum Goong which is our favourite - it's a spicy lemongrass soup with prawns, which tastes like heaven. I've had Tom Yum several times, and have even made it at home but this one beats the rest - it's just so yummy! The started platter included sesame prawn toast, Thai fishcakes, chicken satay, veggie spring rolls and king prawns in crispy pastry. It came with sweet chilli and satay dips which were so delicious! I fell in love with the fishcakes which I think were salmon - with a squeeze of lemon, they were smooth on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Yum! It was just enough to fill us up with plenty of room for mains - I love platters as I think it's nice to have something to pick on whilst you're talking and have several different items to taste.
We struggled to choose the mains, simply because there was so much yummy stuff on the menu. From Thai curries to stir fries, chefs specials, salads and soups - I think The Fox Inn have covered it all. We ended up going for a Weeping Tiger which is chargrilled steak topped with mushrooms, onions and rice wine (and I added chillies onto mine) with pak choi side; and a roast duck Panaeng which is a thick Thai curry with green beans fresh chillies, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. Panaeng curry is a safe bet because every time I have had one it's been delicious! By the way, if you visit The Fox Inn then you have to take my word for this: they are not one of those places which joke around with their spice. When they say something is hot, it's really hot! Delicious, but nevertheless I have been to plenty restaurants where a 4-chilli ranking is like a 2. With these guys, a number 3 is more than enough to get you sweating and reaching for the water jug.
Both of the meals were cooked to perfection, especially the steak though. It was rare-medium just like we asked for and there was so much of it! Definitely worth the money.
We really enjoyed our trip to The Fox Inn, Tangley and will definitely be back again soon! Be sure to check it out if you're in the area and especially if you like Thai food - I'll be making my way through the menu to taste new dishes.
PS the images aren't as sharp as I'd like them to be as I forgot my camera that night so had to resort to my trusty old iPhone!!