Bristol, City of
13/12/2020: This was our second take-away meal from this great little restaurant and again it was much enjoyed.Our menu choices reflected what we always find good plus a couple of choices that we have not made before in any of our visits for dine-in or take-out meals here.It was a late decision to have a take-away meal and we umm’d and ahh’d about other possibilities for avoiding cooking our own Saturday evening meal. There are two local Italian restaurants that have started selling take-way food, a couple of Indian restaurants within a reasonable distance are doing the same. We’ve ‘gone off’ Chinese food, as it’s rarely good quality. Then of course there’s a great chippy close-by which serves fine fresh fish.So our chosen Thai restaurant had to be able to offer the best, and so I pre-ordered on that premise. I tried calling three time before I got through, once at about 11:30, and then again about 12:30; both times the phone’ rang-out’, and then finally at about 15:30 I got through. Placing the order was simple and I didn’t need to pay in advance.We ordered:The Crispy Aromatic Duck & Steamed pancakes with extra pancakes as we never have enough. This is a firm favourite; I think it’s quite likely we have had this dish on every occasion we have dined-in or taken-out from Everyday Thai.Chicken wok-fried in sweet & sour sauce. This was my choice and chosen because I love sweet and sour but I have never had the dish from the Everyday Thai.Prawns wok-fried with ginger. This was my partner’s choice and was chosen because she was impressed with the taste of the ‘Beef wok-fried with ginger’ that I had ordered last time we took out from the Everyday Thai. Duck wok-fried with fresh, crushed ginger. Again my choice but we both like duck and again I have never had this Duck dish from the Everyday Thai.Thai jasmine rice. My partner’s choice, I generally prefer noodles and particularly ‘Pad Thai’.I ordered for a 19:15 pick-up but arrived just after 19:00 at the restaurant because of co-operative traffic lights and quiet roads (we are in a Tier 3 area). I went into collect my order at 19:12, paid the £44.50 and was asked to take a seat. I didn’t have time to sit down though, as my meal arrived at that point. It was exactly 19:15. So 10/10 for service and punctuality.An equally good journey home and with hot serving dishes and plates, and a wine nicely chilled, we were ready to eat.The crispy duck was, as usual, fantastic. No shredded meat and skin that you get as other take-way’s provide, this is hot sliced whole duck breast with very crispy skin. The pancakes (6 to a pack) were really hot. The crispy veg, being cucumber, spring onion, carrot and deep-fried lettuce (latter aka ‘seaweed’), were finely sliced and there was plenty of it. The yellow/black bean or hoisin sauce was a bit thin and kept dripping out of the assembled pancake: potentially making a mess down your nice clean shirt. There was enough meat, veg and sauce to make 5 good-sized pancakes each (so we were pleased we ordered the extra pack of pancakes). So absolutely 10/10 for the starter.The sweet and sour chicken was quite dry because all the sweet and sour sauce has soaked into the batter on the individual battered pieces of chicken. The batter was no longer crisp it was just a rather unpleasant mushy, textureless doughy slop. That was scraped off after my first piece of chicken. The chicken itself was tender but didn’t get flavoured because all the sauce was either a dried-out jelly or was absorbed into the discarded batter. This just does not work as a take-away dish because the time, from being put into the plastic tub, to being served was at least 25 minutes. Needs a rethink, IMHO. So a sad 4/10 for this main.The prawns were fabulous, perfectly cooked, and not overcooked, deshelled and deveined and not overpowered by the warming ginger-based sauce and mostly crispy-cooked veg. As a shared dish there were not quite enough prawns (seven I recall). So a worthy 10/10 for this main.The wok-fried duck was really excellent, very tasty with beautifully cooked veg. There was a good serving which made up for the lighter prawn dish. So a full 10/10 for this main.The rice. I have has jasmine rice many times and also sticky rice. I believe what we were served was the sticky rice which was way-too sticky. I tipped the contents of the plastic tub into a warmed crockery serving disk and the rice came out in a single dense slab. It tried to break it up with an edge of my serving spoon and the rice just broke into lumps. It was totally overcooked and very dry. As a consequence it really did not suit the sweet and sour chicken because that chicken dish has no liquid. The wok-fried duck had a dense sauce so the rice didn’t particularly work with that either. The prawns had had a very light thinner sauce, which when added to the rice loosened it up considerably. Disappointing rice, so 5/10.On the whole it was a good meal but sadly it was let down by the chicken and rice dishes: so, it’s a 4/5 this time. We will try another take-way from here before restriction are fully lifted and hope our choices are better. On recollection the rice here has often been dense and glutinous even when we have dined-in. Maybe we’ll cook our own rice for take-aways or, better, have some noodles.
29/11/2020: We usually grab a takeaway from this amazing gem of a place but have also sat down to eat in the restaurant a few times. Excellent service, tasty food and one of our favourites.
You will not be disappointed.