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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Saturday night out

THE ideal Saturday evening usually involves a bit of football on the box and then a curry and a couple of beers before hitting the town.

That was the plan, and with Ulverston being the destination, my friend and I had plenty of options.

But it seems that there are a lot of like-minded individuals about, and at 8pm there wasn’t a spare table to be found.

If we had been that desperate for a curry we’d have jumped back on the train to Barrow, but surely there was a suitable alternative in Ulverston?

I knew about the Thai restaurant in Cavendish Street, just a few hundred yards from the town centre.

On arrival all was quiet.

For what is usually the busiest night of the week, the number of other diners at The Temple Thai barely reached double figures so there was no struggle for a seat.

“Best start with a beer while we wait.”

The wait for the beer was long enough.

After making our selections from the menu we sat back and waited again.

I mean, I was with one of my best mates, but after a while you run out of things to talk about.

I’m not sure if Thai food takes a little bit longer to prepare, but in any Thai restaurant I’ve been to in other parts of the country it didn’t take as long as this.

There shouldn’t have been a problem with our starter anyway, a Mixed Starter for two (£9.95).

I have to say, it was a good plateful of food, with a large chicken wing each, and prawns and vegetables in batter.

My only complaint was that for a sharer for two, it doesn’t make sense to have one fish cake and one spring roll. But it got the meal off to a promising start.

The wait for the main courses wasn’t as long as before, which was a relief.

I ordered the Phad Gratiem Prigtai (or number 23) – stir fried pork in garlic and coriander sauce – which, withthe necessary side dish of rice came to £12.35, while my friend ordered the Phad King – stir fried ginger with chicken, spring onions, mushrooms and peppers – also £12.35 with rice.

When you factor in the price of the rice, it becomes quite an expensive meal.

The portions were a good size, and the meals were well-cooked and tasty enough, without being spectacular.

Compared with similar Thai meals I’ve had, mine was a little bland, and my friend said the same.

“At least it filled a hole” – a stock response that tells the whole story.

Eager to get the planned night out back on track, we went up to the counter to settle up.

Only we were there for another five minutes as our order had been lost somewhere along the way.

It was a good job we’re honest chaps, because it was down to us to tell the owner what we had eaten.

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