Thai restaurants are commonplace in most city centres and Manchester’s no exception, but our best example is a little tricky to find. Tucked away in a first-floor location on Chinatown’s Faulkner Street, Try Thai first enticed me in with its extensive vegetarian menu; before proving to be a winning destination on all fronts.
Tastefully decorated, with nods to the opulent glamour that’s been fashionable in recent years, the restaurant’s most appealing seats are in a curtained-off gallery with striking oversized floral wallpaper. Staff are friendly and welcoming and just the right degree of attentive, and the relaxed atmosphere suggests they’re happy for you to linger.
The huge menu extends from stir fries and Thai curries to seafood specialities, and a vegetarian range that makes up at least a third of the options. If the choice is overwhelming there are veggie and meat-based banquets from £20 a head, including a very spicy vegetable salad on the former and belly pork with chilli and sweet basil on the latter. Each option I’ve tried has been amazingly tasty, suggesting top quality ingredients expertly cooked, and my dad once deemed a meal here the best he’d ever had.
Coffee or ice cream is included in the banquets but, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, reach for the list of flowering teas – whose blooms blossom mesmerisingly in your glass. There’s also a tempting cocktail/mocktail menu, and with a Thai-style canopy bar downstairs you could easily spend a whole evening in this hitherto hidden gem.