I had a dinner date with my Mum last night, and she’s been wanting to try this Thai place situated in the heart of downtown Welland. I’d heard good things about it, and Thai is always good on a Friday night (Thaiday night?)
To kick things off properly, I started with a nice cold bevvy.
Chang (the Thai word for elephant) is pretty mild in flavour, but crisp and refreshing with a light-medium body. More caramelized malt and less hop, which is all right by me. My first sip filled me with that “cool pints on a patio in the summertime” feel, but I’m not sure if that was the beer or simply my longing for some warm weather. Canada, eh?
The atmosphere in the restaurant was very nice and relaxed with appropriate décor, and the service was quick and polite.
My Mum and I each ordered a different dish so that we could play splitsies because…why not? Sharing is caring! Sharing is also getting more flavour flave on your platey plate! (I’ll never say that again).
I ordered the Cashew Nut Shrimp with a side of steamed Jasmine rice. This dish comprises sautéed tiger shrimp with oranges, onions, sweet peppers, and roasted cashews.
This was insanely yummy; nutty, sweet, and the chunks of oranges added a lot of freshness. And well, nothing beats the textures of crunchy cashews in a dish like this.
My Mum went with the penang curry, a coconut peanut sauce with Kaffir lime leaves and green bean, with chicken.
This stuff is just amazing. I’m a huge fan of penang curry to begin with, but this one in particular is fantastic. The coconut and peanut flavours have a nice balance; not one overpowers the other. You have the choice of ordering this with chicken, veggies and tofu, shrimp, or beef. I’ve always found that chicken or shrimp is always the best way to go with penang curry, but that’s just me.
Needless to say, I had a very scrumptious plate in front of me for dinner.
I will definitely be returning to Thai Dish with Thai-loving friends in tow.