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Thai on the River
Tel: 01603 767800
Enjoy traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere aboard a floating restaurant with tranquil riverside views
The charming city of Norwich has an abundance of outstanding places to dine; the choice can be overwhelming. But if you’re looking for a reasonably priced restaurant that is affordable without losing the wow factor, look no further than Thai on the River. Marooned as a branch of the River Yare that entwines with the Wensum River, is a split level floating restaurant; lit up at night, its wooden structure glows golden along the banks of the river and entices you in with its warm welcome.
Once inside, you instantly feel you are aboard a miniature Titanic, with its wooden panels from floor to ceiling and long narrow dining; it’s compact yet spacious and gives off a friendly authentic air. The lines of cabin windows share a view of the river bank, the water outside rests alongside you almost seat height. With candle lit tables and lit riverbanks at night, this place is frequented by couples as well as parties of friends. Upstairs provides an upper deck glasshouse setting that is ideal for lazy lunches on sunny days.
There is an extensive a la carte menu, as well as several varying set menus that range in price from £16.95 to £32.95. On my last visit, a friend and I enjoyed some delicious seafood dishes. Kra Ta – king prawns, stir fried in a special sauce of Thai herbs, wine and sesame oil, that arrived sizzling on a hot plate, and Plaa Priew Wan – Sea bass in a sweet and sour sauce with pineapples, peppers, onions and tomatoes, presented in a tee light warming metal fish shaped server. Both were cooked to perfection, full of flavour and rich in Eastern aroma. Accompanying traditional Thai dishes of jasmine fragrant rice and rice stick noodles are again not to be missed. The food here is first rate.
If dining for a special occasion, either a romantic meal or celebration with friends, the pod is an excellent alternative to the usual table and chairs. A raised carved wooden fortress, surrounded by voiles for privacy, that features a low level table and cushions galore for eating on your knees in true Eastern style - an experience that adds to the delight of enjoying good food in a unique setting.
Their website offers all of their full menu to view, but a word of warning – the online reservation system is at present faulty so it’s best to ring and book over the phone.