Thursday, 27 December 2012

Review: Kwai 2 (Basingstoke)

Date of visit: 15 December 2012

This was our third visit to Kwai 2 and once again they did not disappoint.  They are a Thai restaurant tucked away in the area of Lychpit in Basingstoke.  If it was not for my Mum-in-law seeing an advertisement they had in the Chineham chat, we would never have discovered them and what a loss that would have been to our family who loves Thai food. All three times we have gone at lunch time on a Saturday and they have been very quite, why I don't know.  From the outside you would not even know that they existed, if it was not for a tatty old banner hanging from the building.  The building itself is lovely an old barn. Whether you are looking for an intimate dinner for two, a venue for your department to meet and then dine, or a selection of Thai Light Bites with a glass of crisp white wine, a warm welcome awaits you at Kwai 2.  With three separate dining areas, ample free car parking and a spacious bar they are able to accommodate you.  Their décor is not Thai at all, maybe the odd ornament or two, but who cares when the food is great and the service good.  Their menu covers all tastes and is easy to understand.

To start with we ordered two of their Mixed Starters for two at £12.95 each.  There were four of us, just to clear things up.  A selection of mixed starters which includes chicken satay, vegetable spring rolls, prawn tempura, prawns on bread and fish cakes.  Sorry to say we were all too hungry and just climbed in, so sadly no photograph, but take my word for it, it was delicious. I did manage to take a photo of the dipping sauces.

We washed the starters down with a lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio at £15.80.  I have never tried Colp di Fortuna before, it is an Italian wine and we truly remarkable.  One of the best Pinot Grigio' I have ever tasted.

For my mains I had Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nutsw (Phad Med Mamung Himmapan at £7.50 with steamed rice at R3.00.  Stir fried chicken with cashew nuts, onion, mushrooms and roasted chillies.  This was truly scrumptious is the only was I can describe it.  One of the best Thai meals I have had.  

David and Danielle decided to share a started for their mains and had the Aromatic Duck (Ped Hor) at £8.95 along with a Coconut rice at £3.25 and a Egg Fried rice at £3.25.  

A special oriental snack or appetizer, marinated duck stewed in herbs, accompanied by hoi-sin sauce, steamed pancakes, cucumber and spring onions.  From the silence at their side of the table, I gather they were enjoying it.  

My Mum-in-Law had their Steamed Seabass at £10.95.  Steamed fillet of fish with lemon grass in three flavours special sauce.  She said that it was one of the best dishes she had had in a long time.  I must say she is fanatical about Thai food and would have it for breakfast, lunch and supper if she could.

Overall Experience

Kwai 2 is a hidden gem in Basingstoke and a definite must if you love Thai food.  The presentation of the food is spectacular and the taste even better.  The staff are never in your face and there when you need them.  With one dessert, a bottle of wine, cokes and Jasmine tea the total bill for four of us came to £103.60.  Our third visit will not be our last.

Great Binfields Road, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8TG

Tel: 01256 476828

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Rating Guide

5 Stars - Perfect
4.5 Stars - Exceptional
4 Stars - Excellent
3.5 Stars - Very good
3 Stars - Good
2.5 Stars - Average
2 Stars - Bad
1.5 Stars - Very bad
1 Star - Dire

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