Dining Out: Teasmaid and Thai, Columbus Ravine, Scarborough

Teasmaid and Thai Restaurant, Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.

Teasmaid and Thai Restaurant, Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.

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The Teasmaid has been a familiar sight at the bottom of Columbus Ravine for many years.

But recently, while out walking on the North side, I was intrigued to notice that the traditional coffee lounge has had a transformation.

The premises is now a Thai restaurant by night – an unlikely reinvention but one that definitely caught my attention.

Having visited a couple of other Thai restaurants in Scarborough I was keen to see how this one stacked up.

We visited on a Sunday night, after the busy summer season had come to a close, and although the restaurant was quiet there was a steady stream of customers coming in to order and pick up takeaways.

We were greeted with a smile which never left our waitress’ face during our visit.

The service is friendly and the decor, although pretty basic, is welcoming.

The menu is fairly extensive, with the kind of options you would expect to see at a traditional Thai restaurant.

Starters were priced at around the £4 to £5 mark and included chicken spring rolls, chicken satay, Thai fish cake and battered prawns.

Thai prawn crackers with sweet chilli dip were also available for £1.95.

Vegetarian starters, such as crispy tofu and vegetable tempura, are also on offer, along with various soups.

We opted to share a portion of Thai fish cakes (£4.25), which were served with a salad garnish and sweet chilli and peanut dipping sauce.

We were impressed and made short work of the starter, which was tasty and had just the right amount of chilli kick.

Thai fish cakes have a different texture to the fishcakes we may be more familiar with and some may find them “rubbery”.

But having tried them before, we were aware of this and I now actually find them quite moreish.

And so on to the mains, with us spoilt for choice yet again.

All the favourites are there, with red, green and massaman curries on offer along with pad Thai, stir fries, salads and specials.

Most curries can be made with chicken (£7.95), beef (£8.95) or king prawn (£9.95) – plus vegetarian versions are available at around the £7 to £8 mark. I ordered massaman tofu – a creamy, mild curry with coconut, potato, tomato, onion and carrot (£8.25).

My mum ordered a tofu-free version of the same curry, which came with the addition of various different vegetables – an adaptation of the menu which staff were happy to oblige. Accompanied with steamed jasmine rice, our curries were delicious and portion sizes were generous.

I would happily return and try the other curries and main courses on offer.

Having shared a starter we still had room for pudding, but the menu was somewhat limited. Choices included chocolate cake, banana split and ice cream.

We tried pineapple with sticky rice and coconut (£3.75) which was a kind of rice pudding concoction.

I have to say that it did not match up to the starter and mains.

More dessert options would definitely be a good idea and do the restaurant justice with such an array of starters and mains.

Overall score: 7