Thai Terrace, Guildford


Perched high up on the 7th floor, above the Castle car park (which gives the entrance a slightly dubious feel) the restaurant makes the most of its elevated position; the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and wide, decked terrace give the place a penthouse feel and make you want to make the most of any good weather this country throws at you. And the view is amazing – not just over the towers of nearby Holy Trinity church and the town below, but right across the valley to the rising downs; a perfectly stunning setting for a good night out.

But, you can’t eat a view; so, luckily for the greedy diner the menu is long and the portions are generous. We shared a mixed starter – battered prawns covered in nutty sesame seeds, spring rolls and tasty chicken satay along with a minced pork skewer and large pieces of lightly battered squid. We washed it all down with an Argentinian Pinot Gris, just one of many well-priced bottles on the list. Variations on Thai classics dominate the menu – and it was hard to fault the Phad Thai, served under a ‘net’ made from lightly fried beaten egg, or the tasty roast duck with a honey-tamarind sauce and crispy shallots. The glutinous, yet delicately flavoured coconut rice is worth the trip alone.

The waiters and waitresses are all friendly and exceedingly efficient, with one taking your order, quickly followed by another with the drinks and yet another to floof your napkins and pour some water. This could lead to a slightly impersonal feel, especially with the constant chatter into their headsets, yet every single member of staff was friendly and helpful – adding to the buzz of this town-centre favourite rather than detracting from the experience. And there is a genuinely great atmosphere here among the roof top diners and drinkers, whether it’s in the anticipatory glee of the first cocktail carafe or the happy, sated post-prandial fullness.

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