Thai food is hugely popular the world over, and for good reason! If like me if you’re a super fan of fragrant curries, noodles and rices then I highly recommend you visit Orangegrass Thai Restaurant situated in the large coastal town of South Shields.
Where the River Tyne meets the North Sea, South Shields is known for its fantastic coastline, humongous beaches, fairground and arcades. It is also home to a newly refurbished multi-purpose seafront hub offering restaurants, bars and a bowling alley. If you find yourself exploring the wonderful coastline that South Shields has to offer, after voyaging the depth of the sandy shores, a refreshing cocktail and delicious Thai dish cannot go amiss at Orangegrass.
For food- We were recommended the mixed starter to kick things off and it surely did not disappoint. An abundant selection of tasty Thai picky bits including charcoal grilled satay chicken, chunky tiger prawns in a crispy pastry, deep fried marinated chicken accompanied by a tantalising sweet chilli sauce, deep fried minced prawn and chicken on toast, duck spring rolls and a carrot salad. This is a sharing starter for a minimum of two persons, at £15.00 it was a fantastic recommendation and plenty food for your buck. It’s also a great option for those with dietary requirements as the peanut sauce is served separately, ready for you to add it if you so wish.
It was difficult to choose a main course due to the menu oozing with many mouth-watering options. We ended up with the Pud Med Ma-Maung, a stir fry dish made up of crispy chicken with cashew nuts, onions, peppers and mushrooms served in a sweet chilli sauce, and the Daad Diew, another stir fry dish with king prawns oozing in an oyster and dark soy sauce and a flavoursome trio of cumin, coriander and black pepper.
Make sure to order a couple of tasty sides of noodles or rice to go with your main dishes, we opted for the yellow noodles but also available is a Khao Suey, steamed jasmin rice, Khao Ob Ma-Praw a tasty coconut rice, vegetable rice and egg-fried. And of course, we couldn’t say no to the crispy prawn crackers and chips served again with a scrumptious sweet chilli sauce.
The portions were of an ample size, enough to fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied but not too large to overfill you – probably a good thing as Orangegrass’s dessert menu had some superb options. We were tempted by the coconut pancakes but opted for the banana fritter served alongside ice cream, cream, and a sweet sticky sauce. A sweet, palatable finish to the Orangegrass experience.
Alongside the usual wine and alcohol list, another feature of Orangegrass is its appealing cocktail menu. We indulged in a couple of Mai Thai’s and the Mojitos which are available in the classic, strawberry, pineapple, passion fruit or mango, offering something for everyone’s taste. A revitalizing treat at the end of a gorgeous meal.
If you happen to find yourself exploring the coastline of South Shields then you must go visit Orangegrass Thai Restaurant. You simply cannot go wrong with a cosy atmosphere, tantalising menu and an exhilarating cocktail list.