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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Review: Kala Thai, Bournemouth

As it prepares to open its doors (after several COVID-related delays), HQB and several other members of local press were treated to a sneak preview of Bournemouth’s new restaurant Kala Thai…

Bournemouth’s newest authentic Thai experience Kala Thai is ready to open its doors! After suffering months of delays, many of which can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the furniture (including hand-crafted tables using wood from the New Forest) is in, the signs are up, and as of tonight (7th August 2020), they are ready for business.

Last night, HQB Media, along with numerous other bloggers and local press, were invited to an exclusive preview event to sample some of the delights that will be on offer from here on in. Situated at the top of Old Christchurch Road, opposite Horseshoe Common, where the Alcatraz Brasserie used to be, Kala Thai is the brain-child of head chef Tom Saengthong, who hails from Bangkok.

On offer for us were an array of starter and entrée dishes, including two varieties of spring roll (made in-house, like all the other dishes), plus chicken and king prawn favourites. Spiciness ranged from the mild and savoury, to the chokingly peppery — but nothing on there that any true Thai food lover can’t handle. We only hope to return once they’re open to try out some of their house specials — the Weeping Tiger, a Thai-style steak, just sounds awesome.

Mitch, Anna, and head chef-founder Tom Saengthong headed the exclusive media event at Kala Thai.
Mitch, Anna, and head chef-founder Tom Saengthong headed the exclusive media event at Kala Thai.

The star of the show at this event, however, was Kala Thai’s bartender and mixologist Mitch Smith, who has created the restaurant’s authentic signature Thai cocktail menu. A Lychee Mango Fizz was the alcoholic reception option, though Mitch proved himself to be one of those bartenders to whom you can just describe what you like, he will make something that fits the bill. A mango and vanilla vodka concoction came our way, for example; sweet, refreshing and deliciously moreish — a description that applied all the cocktails of the evening, to be honest!

Overall, whether you’re new to Thai food or a pre-existing fan, you can walk into Kala Thai (obviously don’t actually just walk in… make a booking first) and come away more than satisfied. Highly recommended food… even more highly recommended drinks. Go in and enjoy!

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Dale Hurst
Dale Hursthttp://dale-hurst.com
Dale Hurst is the Content Editor of HQB Media, as well as an author, restaurant critic and presenter. A graduate in Multimedia Journalism from Solent University, Dale has a wide variety of journalistic experience, ranging from reviewing top London restaurants to interviewing MPs for BBC Radio. As a writer, Dale specialises in entertainments, lifestyle and culture.

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