If you’ve been living in Manchester for a while and you’re not yet familiar with My Thai and their bright, colourful fun-filled food and service, you are seriously missing out.
With branches across Leeds, Bradford, York and Bury – the gaff is an absolute favourite among city centre workers looking for lunch in central.
The venue offers a bright, airy retreat from the office with the most amazing party atmosphere to cheer up your lunch. Take it from us, though, you’ll definitely want to sack off the afternoon in front of your PC after you’ve finished!
The venue on John Dalton Street is fairly pedestrian from the outside, the blackboard-style tuk-tuk drawing alongside the ‘As Thai As Possible’ slogan.
But once you set foot inside, there are nothing but holiday vibes awaiting you.
Booths built with rough wood pallets cuddle into the walls, while colourful bunting and flags drift in the breeze overhead.
Gilt-edged framed pictured of Thai royalty decorate the interior with Thai flags everywhere, while the upbeat strains of Thai pop are heard at a considerable – although not offensive – volume throughout our visit.
As a lunch, we weren’t prepared to go the whole hog, but the spicy prawn crackers at £1.50 each looked so appetising.
After looking at the menu, we couldn’t help but go for a sharing starter.
The garlic and pepper spare ribs were just £3.50 for three, and came with a zesty cucumber salad and peanuts. They were well-cooked and moreish, but we were already thinking mains…
The menu at lunch is expansive – at £7.50 for most mains with chicken, beef, pork or tofu you can have a great feed for a great price.
I selected chicken Bangkok pad thai, and it was street food authentic while being restaurant-quality.
Packed with egg, rice noodles, beansprouts, carrots and topped with a sprinkle of peanuts, the whole dish came on a pretty floral tin plate.
I added some chilli flakes, but in truth the heat from the dish was more than enough.
The crunch of the nuts gave some good texture to every bite, and there was a load of chicken in there, definitely worth the money.
My dining buddy had pattaya pad see ew – egg, flat rice noodles, spring cabbage and carrots, and she added chicken to her dish too.
Warming and filling, it was packed with flavour, and she took the heat to the next level with fresh chillis and chilli flakes across the top.
Served with tap water in adorable little hammered tin cups, there were loads of gorgeous touches in the decor which added to the dining experience.
My favourite was the tuk-tuk inside the door, but the whole carnival atmosphere from the music, bunting and incredibly kind service made for a brilliant lunch experience.
However many times you’ve drifted down John Dalton Street, it’d be more than worth your while stopping in to My Thai next time you’re there.
It’s a breath of fresh air.