Tui’s of Malton has been a fixture on Yorkersgate for a number of years, and it had been a while since my last visit.
I was keen to see if anything had changed and whether I enjoyed the food and surroundings as much as I did last time.
The restaurant is in a great location, right opposite the cinema if you fancy a film before having a bite to eat.
On the Saturday we visited, it was a stormy, rainy night and we were glad it was only a short dash across the road.
The restaurant, which has a cocktail bar at the front, has a warm, welcoming feel. The bar is decorated in deep purples and metallic hues, whereas the restaurant has a lighter, fresher feel.
The menu is extensive and I was glad to see there were lots of vegetarian options to choose from.
While we made our choices, we were served a portion of Thai crackers, which were an enjoyable appetiser and rather moreish.
We opted for a mixed starter to share (£9.95) which featured spring rolls, tempura vegetables, golden bags, crispy tofu and mushroom satay, adding extra prawn toast for £1.50.
The food arrived quickly and there was plenty for two people – with generous portion size being a feature throughout the night.
We enjoyed the prawn toast, spring rolls and golden bags, but found that the battered vegetables, including baby sweetcorn and sweet potato, were rather heavy after a while.
The batter was more like a beer batter you’d expect on onion rings with your pub lunch rather than a tempura, but, saying that, it was still crisp and freshly cooked.
The dipping sauces served with the starter were lovely, especially the satay which my partner said was the best he’d ever tasted.
For the main course, I ordered a mixed vegetable Thai yellow curry (£7.50), cooked with coconut milk and potato, plus a portion of steamed jasmine rice (£2.25).
My partner opted for Pad Khing, a Thai stir fry with tofu, ginger, mushrooms, peppers and garlic (£6.95) with a portion of egg fried jasmine rice (£2.95).
The food was brought to our table swiftly, by a very busy waitress who did a great job of juggling orders from the restaurant and multiple takeaway orders which were coming in thick and fast – it was a rainy Saturday night after all!
My curry was delicious, a huge portion with plenty of sauce. It was spicier than I expected, which for me was fine, but it could have caught out some diners.
Happily I could try some of my partner’s main course (he was having a veggie night!) and it was tasty, fresh and light, if a bit heavy on the ginger.
I also enjoyed the egg fried rice, which was not at all greasy as it often can be.
I couldn’t finish my curry, so the waitress gladly boxed it up for me to take home.
And even though I was rather full, in the interests of writing a full review, I thought I should push the boat out and have a dessert as well.
I opted for the raspberry sorbet (£3.45) which was beautifully served in a cocktail glass with two mint chocolate crisps.
The meal was really enjoyable from start to finish and at £43.95 including drinks it was also very good value.
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