Mr Frivolitea and I love Thai food and this place is so good we’ve been going every year since it opened in 2000 on our annual trip to the Lakes. The restaurant is owned and run by husband and wife team Chris and Bursara Knight. The appeal of this place is as much about their love of what they do as it is about the food. There is nothing more wonderful than Bursara’s smile when you walk through the door. You know this is a place where they care about you having a great time.
The restaurant expanded up stairs a few years ago and the design and feel of the place is part of its charm with intricate wood carvings and beautiful Thai crockery. (Mr Frivolitea once embarrassingly asked where they got their crockery from!)
On this visit we decided to go for a set menu, not something we normally do. We had the mixed starter: Chicken spring roll, Geoh tord (pork money bags) pork on sesame toast, king prawn blankets and chicken satay. All the food here is excellent but the satay is defintely a favourite of mine. I love the flavour of their peanut sauce.
For main courses we had green chicken curry, I can’t visit Doi Inthanon without having it, chicken and cashew nuts and stir fried vegetables. The balance of spice and heat is always spot on here and the flavour in the green curry is the best I’ve had.
However the highlight of any meal here is the coconut rice. It is truly special, so much so that we asked for it instead of the rice that came with the set menu.
I cannot emphasise enough that you should go to Ambleside and try this place and whatever you do, order the coconut rice. You will not be disappointed, I promise.