Thai flavours are so pungent and powerful, intriguing and delicate all at the the same time – it’s most definitely my favourite cuisine. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I was asked along to a ‘Meet the Maker’ event for Parichat at Sohe, the latest eatery to grace Jesmond’s Osbourne Road.
Parichat is the brainchild of award-winning Chef Parichat Somsri-Kirby, who has joined forces with Asian restaurant Sohe with the intention of using her signature style to create a new dynamic dining experience.
The restaurant itself is modern with a laidback Thai vibe. On arrival, I was offered a cocktail whilst we were spoken to about Parichat’s journey to being named ‘North East Chef of the Year’.
As you know, I love a bit of gin and chose the Passionfruit Bellini – a sweet yet bitter mix of passionfruit, lemon, Japanese gin and finished with prosecco. Their drinks menu has had a little revamp since my visit and now offers even more cocktail options as well as some delicious sounding mocktails! Not that you’d ever catch me with something that didn’t contain booze…
Once we were seated in the restaurant, we enjoyed all three of their pre-starter dishes; the edamame beans, prawn crackers and oysters.
The oysters were beautifully fresh and teamed with the chilli, ginger and lime dressing it was a zesty and fiery way to kick off the meal.
The edamame beans and prawn crackers are the perfect nibbles to partner with your cocktails as you catch up with the girls.
Next up, it was time for the actual starters. We shared the Marinated Chicken Satay skewers and the Vegetable Spring Rolls served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Both starters were tasty; the chicken tender and coated in a creamy peanut sauce and the spring rolls were crisp and full of flavour – but if I’m honest, I’d have preferred another portion of those oysters. Or possibly something a little more adventurous next time, the Soft Shell Crab was certainly tempting…
For the main event, I chose the Pan-Roasted Halibut with Thai Red Curry Sauce and Coconut Rice. Halibut is one of my favourite types of fish, so I was really looking forward to getting stuck in.
The Thai Red Curry sauce was amazing; the vegetables still had a good crunch and the strong hint of chilli complimented the white, flaky fish wonderfully. It was a good size portion with a thick fillet of Halibut and the addition of the fragrant rice.
The menu itself is rather seafood heavy with options of seabass, teriyaki salmon, cod, prawns and even Thai inspired lobster which I eyed up more than once.
As you can imagine, I was bordering on food coma and absolutely gutted I couldn’t squeeze in a sweet number. Their dessert menu sounds absolutely incredible. Jasmine infused Créme Brulée, Coconut Meringues and even a Stem Ginger Panna Cotta – all those strong flavours I love about Thai cooking.
A third course will definitely be on my hit list next time!
As with most Thai restaurants it can appear to be rather pricey, however Parichat offer an Early Bird Special between 5.00pm and 6.30pm. For just £9.95 you can enjoy a main meal and a cocktail or glass of wine – bargain! Ideal for lining the stomach before heading out along Osborne Road.
Have you been to Parichat yet? What did you think?
Lots of love, LB x