This sister restaurant to the highly regarded establishment of the same name in Athlone is located on the corner of Gorey's main street, but it may not be immediately obvious as you have to look up to the first floor to see the signature bright red exterior sign.
Having climbed the spotlessly clean and well-lit stairs up to the restaurant, you will be rewarded by a warm and prompt reception from charming, beautifully turned out, staff in a small bar/reception area. Unless there is a delay, someone will take you to your table and immediately offer menus and the wine list, swiftly followed by the offer of an aperitif once seated.
It’s a large room, broken up by the central bar/reception area and, apart from a few traditional Thai statues, the decor and furnishing are contemporary (dark wood and the trademark red paint), simple and very comfortable. As in Athlone, you may expect authentic Thai food.
An extensive and well laid out menu offers choices from many regions in Thailand, with accurate short descriptions; some regions favour extremely hot dishes others are known for spicy but milder food. The menu also mentions that most dishes can be cooked to your choice of heat - and they make a point of stating that food is sourced locally.
All of the delicious food is cooked to order, comes in generous, piping hot portions and is lovely to look at on the plate; thanks to high quality ingredients and excellent cooking, familiar dishes (crisp fried calamari rings with salad and spicy red chilli dipping sauce; chicken satay with a different salad and satay sauce; sizzling stir-fry beef; garlic prawns) are given a new lease of life, and a meal here is enhanced by the service which is professional, caring and prompt, but unobtrusive.
There are daily specials, and an early menu midweek; otherwise expect to spend around €7-9 for a starter and about €20 for a main course.