Going to Thai Dining was a long awaited treat for us. We had heard several good reports about this new Thai family run restaurant, so much so that every time we passed it, I would always drop an atom-bomb sized “I’ve heard this place is lovely…” comment to Mr B. Six months (no joke!) later, we finally got around to having a date-night meal there, after some drinks at the Black Isle Brewery Bar.
Thai Dining is a small restaurant, with no more than about 20-25 seats in. We picked a good night to go, as Rangers were playing Caley Thistle, it was actually quite quiet, with us and only another couple of small parties there around kick-off time. The menu strikes a good balance of having classic dishes such as pad thai and thai green curry, as well as some less well known stir-fried and noodle dishes.
I kicked things off with some prawn toast which was seriously good. It was ‘meaty’ in the sense of the prawn layer was a much bigger proportion than prawn toast I’ve had elsewhere, and it was much more garlicky (which I enjoyed).
Mr B patiently waited for me to snap the spring rolls before he tucked in. These were expertly packed with veggies and beansprouts and the pastry was crisp. The chilli sauce was warming without packing too much of a heat punch, and like my starter, came prettily accompanied by a radish flower and other delicate salad decoration.
I didn’t keep my picture of Mr B’s main course – a classic thai green curry which he was very happy with. With a two chilli rating I gave this a wide berth in favour of the chicken massaman curry which was a mild slow cooked stew containing potato, onion, peas and peanuts. With classic steamed rice this was so tasty and I would definitely eat this again. I love peanuts in savoury stews (and I’m sure Mr B would, if he wasn’t allergic to peanuts!)
The Thai Dining staff were so friendly and we didn’t feel that we were rushed to enjoy our meal. Now I can add my glowing recommendation to this lovely establishment on Academy Street.
We heartily recommend Thai Dining. We were not asked to write a review, all opinions are our own.
Thai Dining is open Tuesday-Saturdays: 85/87 Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1LU