Noi Ramasut with his wife Arlene are proud to have been pioneers of Thai cuisine in the UK. From the 5 small Thai restaurants in London in 1985 , Thai food has become so popular that there are now over 1,500 around the length and breadth of Britain. The Thai House was the first in Wales and the first outside London.Noi and Arlene were encouraged to become restaurateurs by their friends Ann and Franco Teruschio of the famous Walnut Tree In Abergavenny. With such renowned mentors to help them start their business, they resolved to uphold the early standards and work hard to improve and excel in every way possible.
Best described as 'kitchen theatre', the method used by The Thai House Restaurant concentrates on fresh quality produce from Thailand and Wales cooked simply in the traditional Thai way, beautifully presented with the emphasis on taste and flavour.
The dining format consists of an extensive but accessible menu of delicious signature dishes that has proved so popular since the inception of the Thai House in 1985. There is an abundance of authentic Thai dishes from all the regions of Thailand which combine Thai herbs, spices and vegetables with prime Welsh beef, lamb and wild boar, pork from the Marches, duck from Norfolk and fish from Cardigan Bay among other places. Dishes are infused with the intense flavours of lemon grass, coriander, galingale, garlic and chillies which make eating Thai such an experience. Welsh lamb in a southern Thai curry must rate as a gastronomic delight for most diners!
The range of desserts which include home made ice creams and sorbets provide a stylish finale to an evening of culinary theatre.
Wines The wine list is second to none and enhances the innovative dining experience, by allowing customers to choose from a range especially chosen by Noi to compliment this style of cuisine. In 2008, Moet- Hennessy invited The Thai House to become its Ambassador restaurant for its much sought after Cloudy Bay collection. The wine list is currently been redesigned by our supplier ND John of Swansea. The new list will be posted as soon as possible.
Also available by the glass is a selected list of wines, dessert wines and champagne. Welsh Ty Nant water and Black Mountain liqueur sit comfortably alongside Siam beer and new wines from Thailand. The restaurant also boasts one of the best after dinner drinks trolleys in the country.
Staff & Ambiance
Recruiting a dedicated team of waiting staff who are both serious and savvy is key in determining The Thai House's place as one of Cardiff's best restaurants. It is this personal attention to detail for which top independent restaurants are renowned. "Ours is a traditional approach," say Noi and Arlene Ramasut, "we expect our customers to return time and time again, and when they do we are able to welcome them by name, know what their favourite dishes are and make them feel special. That is most important."
The interior of the restaurant has a contemporary feel with a colour palette of Siam Orchid, gold and blue set against natural wood panelling and teak furniture, especially designed and imported from Thailand. The ground floor restaurant has an eclectic mix of rich colours and traditional Thai artefacts and paintings. The staff wear traditional Thai costumes for the evening service, a different colour each week providing the perfect backdrop for an sophisicated dining experience.
Noi Ramasut has overseen the running of The Thai House together with his wife Arlene for many years. They have recently been joined by their eldest daughter Tamsin who takes care of customer service at the weekend. He says: "We want to create a very special restaurant with an intimate feel which offers excellent food and first class service in comfortable surroundings. We feel The Thai House Restaurant sets oriental cuisine clearly in the premiere league of fine dining in Wales."
The Thai House Restaurant Cardiff, 3-5 Guildford Crescent, Churchill Way, Cardiff. CF10 2HJ Tel: 029 2038 7404