Go East - Eating Out
PUBLISHED: 00:16 27 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:34 20 February 2013
February 3 is Chinese New Year, so spice up your life by trying out some of the top Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants in the area chosen by Sandra Carter and Tom Fahey...
February 3 is Chinese New Year, so spice up your life by trying out some of the top Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants in the area chosen by Sandra Carter and Tom Fahey
Fine Indian cuisine comes in the setting of a grade II listed building, overlooking a charming Indian garden. It is noted for an elegant take on traditional Indian food, with an upmarket wine list.
Dont miss: Lamb shanks Hyderabadi style.
Spice Merchant, 33 London End, Beaconsfield Old Town, HP9 2HW. Tel: 01494 675474 (also in Cookham and Henley)
Art of Siam
Theres a reason Art of Siam has expanded to three branches toned down Thai food served in unashamedly clichd teak house and sawasdee surroundings. 17-19 set meals control prices and ease in those looking to venture beyond Thai green curry.
Dont miss: The range of green curries (obviously!)
Art of Siam, 53 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AN.
Tel: 01635 42700 (also in Reading)
The Tigers Pad
Chef Ajoy Sachdev takes a regional approach to Indian food, breaking with the menu common to all curry houses in favour of innovative dishes that have landed Tigers Pad a string of awards and a loyal local following. The dcor might be garish but the food certainly isnt.
Dont miss: Tamarind and honey duck cooked in the tandoor.
The Tigers Pad: 3 Station Parade, Sunningdale SL5 0EP.
Tel: 01344 621215
Thailands long royal dynasty is taken seriously here with a special menu, the Royal Traditional, reflecting court cuisine. Or go for the Fusion menu, blending modern Thai taste with international styling. Smart restaurant with friendly service.
Dont miss: Tom yang goong, pad thai.
Eat Thai, 14-15 Easton Street,
High Wycombe, HP11 1NJ.
Tel: 01494 532 888
Leigh House, run by the Tang family for 27 years, offers Chinese cuisine that ranges from the predictable to the delectably unusual. Its noted for excellent service and wine list as well as very good food. Often packed so book ahead.
Dont miss: Lobster Leigh House style.
Leigh House Restaurant,
53 Wycombe End, Beaconsfield Old Town, HP9 1LX. Tel 01494 676348
Malik Ahmed draws his inspiration from his familys restaurants back home in Bangladesh, with a distinctive take on authentic dishes alongside regular favourites. Awarded Best Curry Restaurant in the South-East three times, with a celebrity following.
Dont miss: Steamed sea bass stuffed with fragrant herbs.
Maliks Tandoori, High Street, Cookham, SL6 9SF.
Tel 01628 520085 (also in Marlow and Gerrards Cross)
Ignore the concessionary unlimited-eating, China Palace is home to Berkshires only authentic Cantonese dim sum menu (12-4pm) and hugely popular with ex-pats. For those curious about genuine Chinese food, Peking duck and steamed pork dumplings here are all the education youll need.
Dont miss: House cheung fun selection of pork, beef and prawn.
China Palace, 43-45 Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7QG.
Tel: 0118 957 2323
A menu mixing the whole of Asia with modern inspiration means Ascot Oriental is a real something for everyone restaurant; including celeb fans Marco Pierre White, Terry Wogan and Sir Cliff, who appreciate the formal style as much as a broad food offering.
Dont miss: Seared scallops with Shaoshing wine on oriental salad.
Ascot Oriental, London Road, Ascot, SL5 0PU. Tel: 01344 621877