Moving swiftly on from that absolute gem of a pun…
I for one love Thai food. I love the smells, the colours and most importantly, the flavours! The entire experience appeals to me and Orange Grass, in South Shields, embodies everything I love about it.
Orange Grass is located outside of South Shields Town Centre. Thankfully it’s situated right next to one of the town’s biggest pay and display car parks, so you will never have any trouble getting parked nearby.
The Thai section of the restaurant is upstairs with an Indian restaurant on the ground floor. Orange Grass is furnished as you would imagine with a gold and red colour scheme displaying traditional Thai style ornaments throughout (needless to say a Buddha or two).
Myself and my fiance walked in and were met by the usual welcoming atmosphere you can always expect there. I would always recommend booking a table on a weekend as the restaurant does get quite busy. Thankfully it was a mid-week when we went so a booking wasn’t required.
We were seated straight away, had our drinks ordered and served within 5 minutes and were ready to order within 10. I seriously cannot stress how well-mannered and professional the staff at Orange Grass are and how they add as much to the dining experience as the exceptional dishes they serve.
For starters, I opted for the Gai Teoy – “Deep fried tender chicken marinated wrapped in pandan leaves served with tamarind sauce”. It was a little unadventurous on my part given the fantastic choice of dishes, but in all honesty, I didn’t regret it at all.
It was hands down some of the most succulent chicken I have tasted and almost certainly the best cooked given the size of the chunks. Usually, smaller chunks of chicken have a tendency to dry out, but these were perfect. The flavour of the pandan leaves and accompanying tamarind sauce made for a really tasty starter and the perfect portion size.
For my main course I had a known favourite, Neau Daad Diew – Stir fried marinated beef, with coriander, cumin, black pepper, oyster and dark soy sauce. This was accompanied by a portion of sticky jasmine rice (Not included in the price of the dish).
I’m a great lover of salt, so this dish is more or less perfect for me. It is an incredibly flavoursome dish, most of which lies within its rich sauce. The beef was incredibly tender (I detest chewy beef in such dish) and all I can say is that the powerful seasoning that Thai food is known for can be found in this dish.
Overall it was an extremely pleasurable evening made all the better by the friendly staff at Orange Grass. If you enjoy Thai food, I would really suggest checking this place out as there is masses of choice and really top rate staff. I would say again; booking a table is always a good idea!
Price: 8/10 (Quality does cost)