Last night Ed and I were invited along to the media launch for the newest restaurant to open in Bournemouth, Kala Thai. The restaurant is located next to Slug and Lettuce, by Horseshoe Common, and was so brand new, the finishing touches were being added to the decor as we arrived – I do love a fresh new venue!
We had been kindly invited along by local PR firm Route PR, and Jackie and Richard welcomed us and explained the social distancing measures in place for the evening to keep us all safe – the event had been really well thought out and I felt comfortable the entire evening.
We were asked to take a seat at a table and provided with either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail. I went for the alcoholic cocktail and it was gorgeous, so fruity and refreshing! The bar manager Mitch came and explained the ingredients, as well as letting us know that he had made the grenadine fresh the night before. I was impressed that so many ingredients were made on the premises, by owner Tom and his staff, including the spring rolls, which are generally stock produced at other Thai restaurants.
After our cocktail, Jackie introduced the team at Kala Thai to us and explained that we would be provided with a buffet, served in a safe way by Tom himself, in our individual tables. When it was our turn to go up, I opted to try a little of everything, which is so unlike me as I can be a bit fussy, but it all looked so good, I couldn’t resist!
The food was incredible, so fresh and tasty – the portion size was generous, so I couldn’t quite finish it all, but I especially loved the Gaeng Kiew Wan, egg fried rice and vegetable spring rolls, served with sweet chill sauce – delicious! We were also offered additional drinks, and I couldn’t resist another of the lovely cocktails. Mitch also served up a palette cleansing drink, which was served warm, to finish the meal.
I couldn’t fault the quality of the food or the atmosphere in Kala Thai. Tom and his team are clearly passionate about the Thai cuisine (Tom himself used to live in Bang Kok and has taken inspiration for his menu from the area). There are classic dishes you would expect to see in a Thai restaurant, as well as some unique options that Tom has created himself.
Kala Thai officially opens this evening, and the venue are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, meaning that you can get 50% off your food bill Monday-Wednesday in August – the perfect excuse to go and try the food and support a new local business this month!
We were invited along to Kala Thai for the media event and provided with complimentary food and drink, however all words and images are my own.