Orangegrass Thai Restaurant Review
Recently we were invited to visit Orangegrass Thai restaurant in South Shields. Now I do love a bit of Thai food, so I was more than happy to accept the offer and take the metro from Newcastle to South Shields for this opportunity. If you have read my review of Zeera Indian Cuisne you’ll know this area has no shortage of restaurants. Orangegrass Thai is situated a short walk just behind the metro station and has ample parking directly next to it.
Upon walking up the rounded staircase you walk in and instantly welcomed by the friendly staff and clean decor and colours that instantly take your eye.
Being a Tuesday evening it was a little quiet but for me this made the atmosphere and time there even more enjoyable and relaxed, which allowed myself and fellow writer Vicky to talk away for the evening. The service was friendly, we were welcomed and conversation made which made us quickly feel at ease with ur hosts for the night. I noticed we were continually checked on directly and from afar to ensure our experience was a pleasant one.
The menu is split and easily readable for whatever type of dish you want, whether it be soup, salad, chefs specialities, curry, stir fry, thai steaks or seafood. There’s also set menu’s priced between £20-£30 per person for two people dependant on how many courses you want. Tonight we ate from the al a carte menu.
Our starters were fresh, well presented and most importantly tasted as great as they looked. I went for Kha Nom Phak Na Gung which was deep fried minced prawn and chicken on toast served with sweet chilli sauce and Vicky had a Gung Hom Pha which consisted of Deep fried marinated tiger prawns in crispy pastry with sweet chilli sauce.
Onto the main and well it had to be a curry for me. Having eaten Thai only a few days before and having a green curry I opted this time to have the Gaeng Dang, A red curry in coconut milk with bamboo shoots and basil leaves. Our second main was the Pud Med Ma-Maung, a Stir-fried dish with cashew nuts, onion, mushrooms, peppers in sweet chilli paste. Just Like the starters, the portion was a good size, fresh and more than enjoyable.
Pricing was reasonable with starters coming in at £5.50-£6 each and curry and stir fries priced between £8-£13 dependant on choice of meat. Accompanying rice or noodles come in at £3 also.
I had a lovely evening at Orangegrass Thai restaurant. Service is a big factor in my experience at any venue and if you visit you’ll have no worries in that department. Added to this great tasting authentic Thai food. Overall well, it’s a no brainier. It may not be situated on the high street like a lot of the restaurants but this makes it a go to destination. I’m sure if you frequent South Shields or are a local you may have already popped in.