Noi is from Bangkok. He started life as a army officer and then came to Wales as a student in 1971.He graduated from University of Wales Institute of Technology in accounting and economics and after a period as a trainee accountant in the early 70's Noi set up his first company importing furniture from Thailand which he then developed into a furniture manufacturing company in Wales. He established The Thai House in 1985 following alot of encouragement from friends in the restauarant business especially Franco and Ann Teruschio of the Walnut Tree who provided much valued advice in the early days.
Noi is a past President of the Thai Restaurateurs Association of the UK and has worked closely with the Royal Thai Embassy Commercial Office to help promote high standards in Thai restaurants around the UK.
Arlene worked in education all her professional life. She taught in primary and secondary schools in London and Cardiff, an English language school in Bangkok, South Glamorgan Insitute of Higher Education ( now Cardiff Met) and University College Cardiff ( now Cardiff University). Her field of interest is Special Educational Needs in which she holds several degrees. She also worked as an independent school inspector for 15 years but is now retired from education.
Arlene has always been an integral part of The Thai House, taking care of public relations and advertising as well as assisting Noi in human resourse management. She speaks fluent Thai and runs regular training courses for all the staff. Arlene is now semi-retired from the business and has handed over most of her responsibilities to her eldest daughter Tamsin.
Tamsin entered the family business in 2010 and is now a director with responsibility for HR and PR. She works closely with Noi from whom she is learning all aspects of the business. Tamsin's background is in international development and urban regeneration.
She attended Glantaf School in Cardiff and went first to SOAS where she studied the geography of Asia and Africa with Thai. She then took her Master's degree at University College, London. Tamsin taught at the Development Planning Unit at UCL where she also did international consultancy work before moving on to community based work in the East End of London.
She moved back to Cardiff 5 years ago with her partner Steve Doobay and they worked together in the design and opening of the Bangkok Cafe bringing a new look to Thai food. She is the owner of Bangkok Cafe. She has two children who like their mother are Welsh speakers.
Tamsin is assisted by Eeva , the administrator for The Thai House and Bangkok Cafe.
Eeva is frequently the first person you will speak to if phoning the The Thai House during office hours. She often takes bookings and liaises with party groups for special occasions.She is also the key point of contact for all the tradespeople who are in and out, whether it is the vegetable supplier, the butcher, the fishmonger, the electrician or the plumber-to mention but a few!
Eeva adds to the international flavour of The Thai House. She hails from Finland and joined the business from Habitat in 2011. She is married to a Welshman and has developed a passion for Thai food, both at work and at home.
Pornphimon Bell - (Nida)
Nida has been working for Noi and Arlene since 2009. She started at The Thai House as second chef under Sujan Klingson and then moved to Bangkok Cafe in Swansea as head chef in 2011. She returned to Bangkok Cafe in Cardiff briefly in 2013 and then took over from Sujan as head chef at The Thai House when he retired to Thailand after ten years service.
Nida and her late husband Bob ran their own Thai restaurant in Preston from 2000-2003. Prior to that she had worked in Thai restaurants in Kuwait and Sidney extending the knowledge and skills she had learned from her mother at home.
Nida is an accomplished cook with a very good palette producing food which is authentically Thai. She works closely with the Ramasuts producing new and exciting dishes for both Bangkok Cafe and The Thai House. At present they are working on a new menu for The Thai House.
Nida is assisted by second chef Wijan Sangkla and an all Thai team.
Wijan Sangkla has also been at The Thai House since 2009,initially serving under Sujan from whom he learned to cook all The Thai House signature dishes as well as contributing to the development of new dishes. He now works closely with Nida, ably deputising for her when she is on leave.
Ket has been working for Noi and Arlene for more than 10 years. She and her husband celebrated their marriage at The Thai House in 2003 and they now have a 7year old daughter. Ket is very much a 'family' member of The Thai House team. She has excellent knowledge of the front of house and is responsible for many aspects of operations including bookings, staff rotas and customer care.( See her taking a telephone booking in the gallery).
The Thai House Restaurant Cardiff, 3-5 Guildford Crescent, Churchill Way, Cardiff. CF10 2HJ Tel: 029 2038 7404