With gorgeous views stretching over the historic Maidstone Bridge, Thai Orchid Maidstone offers a relaxed and plum location for a meal out in the heart of the town. Interiors combine brightly decorated purple and blue walls with more traditional cream tables and chairs, as well as a series of cosy banquettes. Additionally, there’s an al fresco area which makes for a gorgeous spot come warmer weather.
Offering a range of enticing menus, the a la carte is one of the most popular offerings. Here you’ll find homemade dishes made with fresh herbs and spices that embody those classic flavour profiles of Thai cookery: hot, sweet, sour and salty. Starters range from the familiar (prawn toast with sweet chilli sauce, chicken satay and spareribs) to the slightly more adventurous (marinated minced vegetables sprinkled with sesame seeds served on toast with sweet chilli drizzle or deep fried chunks of bean curd with a peanut sauce). If you can’t decide, the best bet we think is the Thai Royal Platter for 2. Here you’ll find a hearty selection of favourites like spring rolls and dim sum.
Mains bring fragrant curries like red, green, massaman and Panang as well as pan fried dishes that prove perennially popular. Think Gai Krawpraw and prawn Pad Thai. Alongside these you’ll find a range of sides to compliment the offering. From this section we love the spicy papaya salad which works perfectly to cut through any richness from other ingredients like coconut cream.
Set menus, mid-week lunches and Sunday buffets are all on offer and represent incredible value for money. The latter, for instance, allows you unlimited food for just £15.95 for adults and £7.95 for children. If you’d like to arrange a private event at Thai Orchid Maidstone, the helpful in-house team are always on hand to chat through options and are well-used to putting on events on their stylish terrace or in a marquee.