The first time I had the pleasure of dining at My Thai @ The Old Steps was for our 2016 Christmas party. Before I even knew about the quality of the food, I was thrilled that we were not going for a dried turkey dinner with overcooked vegetables and salty packet gravy – there is nothing worse and I am sure you’ve all lived that particular festive nightmare.
Fast forward to February 2017 and we needed a fast and tasty lunch. It was then my foodie Genie conjured up a fond memory. We headed down the steps and entered into this small and cosy food palace.
We were greeted with a huge smile and warm welcome from our waitress and were seated opposite the industrious and open kitchen – possibly the best spot in any restaurant for me; I love watching the relationship between the kitchen and the front of house ; it fascinates me and speaks volumes about a team.
Within a few minutes we had decided and our orders were placed. A combination of Tod Mun Pla (Thai Fishcakes) and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, followed by Crispy Chicken and Tamarind Duck.
I have never been to Thailand so I cannot authenticate if these delicious fish bites were true to their street food orgins but they were delicious, full of fishy meatiness with a hint of lime and a warm delicate heat from the curry paste.
Our main courses were served almost immediately and we both looked on with jealousy at each others dish.
The Crispy Chicken was as fabulous as I remembered (confession I could not help but order this dish again following my previous visit, not very adventurous I know) with a slightly spiced and crispy coating surrounding the juicy and tender chunks of chicken. The garlic sauce was sticky and sweet with super fresh carrots and spring onions running through the dish. The rice was the perfect clean accompaniment.
Crispy Chicken and Tamarind Duck by My Thai @ The Old Steps
The crispy duck with a tamarind and palm sugar sauce was equally as tasty and David agreed between the two it was hard to hand out a first prize.
Overall the York Place venue is cosy, the team are friendly and super efficient. The quality of the food and the flavours are outstanding as is the value for money – a real Winder Winner.
I cannot wait to try the sister venue – Thai Shack at Wade Lane – to see how it differs from the Old Steps, I doubt it will be much other than the decor. I even know which dish I will sample next, when in the words of My Thai “I leave my pack lunch at home”.
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