Time for Thai? Of course. Manchester is a bubbling hodge-podge of world cuisine, and the city's Thai restaurants have staked their claim to being the best around. Whether you're looking for straight up street food or a fine dining feast, our list of the Manchester's best Thai restaurants has something for everyone.
Situated at the back of a Thai supermarket in Manchester's Chinatown (that's how you know it's really good), Siam Smiles does Thai street food at its most authentic. The food, hailing from Northern Thailand, is spine-tinglingly good, and their range of soup dishes might be their crowning achievement. The Kuai Tiew Tom Yam, a hot and sour soup with fish tofu slices, fish balls, minced pork, morning glory and beansprouts is vivid and colourful. It's perfect for a cold winter's day inside. Or a hot summer's day outside. Or really any type of day.
Thai food gets a fine dining makeover at Chaophraya, a restaurant named after one of Thailand's most beautiful rivers. From Chiang Rai in the north to Yala in the south, every region of the country is represented in Chaophraya's exceptional culinary offerings. Their Pad Thai, Thailand's national dish, stands alongside the best of them. The stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce, carrots, spring onions, egg, turnip, picked vegetables and chicken is a match made in heaven, while the chicken and cashew dish is a traditional Thai double act – the crispy chicken and crunchy nuts were born to be together.
Thaikhun is unrefined in the best sense of the word. For anyone looking to eat authentic Thai food like you'd find on the streets of Bangkok, this is the place to order from. What's good? The honey pork, marinated in palm sugar, pepper, soy sauce and coriander makes the perfect starter, while the Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob (BBQ pork on rice) takes your taste buds on the ride of their life. Based upon a famous dish from a restaurant on the Sil Om Road, back in Bangkok, these barbecued and roasted slices of pork belly, sitting on a fragrant bed of rice, are a real testament to Thai food in all its glory.
Pan-Asian food at its best, Tampopo is the way to go for Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese and (of course) Thai food in Manchester. The Katsu curry, served with chicken breast or sweet potato, deep-fried in a gorgeous panko breadcrumb and a mild curry sauce and topped off with indulgently sticky rice, might be our pick of the bunch.
Whose Thai? My Thai. This street-food-style cuisine gets to the heart of what Thai food is all about – authentic, homely, and packed with bold and distinctive flavours. The red curry with jasmine rice, featuring bamboo, peppers, carrots, courgettes and basil is our stand-out dish. If we have to pick just one, that is it.