I had eaten in Khao San Road many years ago and for some reason I had never been back. Therefore as April was my turn to pick where we went, and Khan San Road fit our criteria we booked a table for two. After a quick drink in Sutlers we headed up to Walmgate.
Khao San Road is a relatively small, unassuming place from the outside. Yet as soon as you step inside you are overwhelmed with the smells of cooking that evoke a trip to the real Khao San Road, helped by the pictures of Thailand that adorn every bit of wall space.
After being shown to a lovely table in the window by the very pleasant staff, we sat down to peruse the menu. This is not a place where the decision is going to be made easily. There are a huge amount of main dishes to choose from. Lots of which come with a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian options so make sure you are not in a rush.
For me the choice of starter was incredibly easy. There was only one vegetarian option, golden fried mixed vegetables. To be honest it’s the type of thing I would have picked anyway even if there were other options and it didn’t disappoint. Tempura style vegetables were cooked to perfection in a light crispy batter. The soy sauce and wasabi mayonnaise on the side were a nice addition. The decision of starters was a bit harder for Jane but she eventually went with the deep fried soft shell crab. Again a lovely light dish with peanuts giving an extra crunch.
For mains I went with Kow Pad Sapparod with tofu. Jane chose, of course, the aubergine dish – she can’t resist anything with aubergine in it. So the Gang Phed was ordered with crispy belly pork. The food arrived and it was certainly worth the tricky menu decisions. The Kow Pad Sapparod was a fragrant tasty mix of rice with pineapple and cashew nuts. The spice was warming rather than hot, so didn’t overpower the dish. The fried chunks of tofu were a pleasant contrast to the fresh crispy vegetables and nuts and the savoury curried rice was offset by the slightly sweet chunks of pineapple. The Gang Phed was a mix of aubergine, beans and courgettes, which went perfectly with the pork. The fluffy white coconut rice served on the side soaked up the spicy sauce, which certainly had a chilli kick to it. The food was washed down with a very nice bottle of Malbec.
As is usually the case after starter and mains we were too full for dessert. The portion sizes are certainly on the generous side, and we were glad we didn’t go for any additional sides. Khao San Road is a fantastic little piece of Thailand in the middle of York, we would definitely recommend a visit.
🍷 Meal for 2 with bottle of wine: £53.35 (plus bottle of wine)
🎉 My Highlight: The battered vegetables. Crispy on outside, soft and fluffy on the outside, perfect for dipping into soy sauce and mayonnaise
⚡️ Jane’s Highlight: Having a choice of aubergine dishes
🍴 If we could change one thing…
The vegetarian options could be signposted a bit better. You have to read through all the ingredients to check which is suitable but at least that means it takes the vegetarian the same length of time to choose as the meat eater!
Jane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Restaurant details: www.khaosanroadyork.co.uk