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 UWIC) 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.
Sujan Klinson Head Chef
Sujan Klingson took over the prestigious role of head chef at the award winning Thai House Restaurant in 2007 Sujan leads an all-Thai team who bring together a wealth of cooking experience to produce a wide range of authentic dishes from all parts of Thailand.
Sujan who is from Lampang in the north of Thailand, has an impressive background in Thai cooking. He developed an interest in food from his mother whom he says was an excellent cook and began his career at one of Lampang’s largest hotels as demi chef, progressing quickly to sous chef. He then moved to Cape Town where he worked his way up to head chef in the well known Wang Thai restaurant before returning to Thailand to set up his own 80-seater restaurant in Lampang where he also headed up the kitchen.
Sujan has already made his mark at The Thai House and created some exciting new dishes for this edition of the menu. He said, “The Thai House prides itself on serving only the best authentic dishes using fresh Thai ingredients flown in from Bangkok each week combined with the best of fresh Welsh produce. I am enjoying building on the restaurant’s established reputation as one of Cardiff’s very best restaurants.”
Ketrudi Elliott ( Kate)
Ket has been working for Noi and Arlene for 9 years. She and her husband celebrated their marriage at The Thai House in 2003 and they now have a 6 year 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