Thai food variation on theme

The salt and pepper squid was a delicious starter
The salt and pepper squid was a delicious starter

A Polynesian themed restaurant is probably the last place you’d think to go for Thai food.

But you’d be missing out on some of the best Thai food in Glasgow if you just walked on by The Tiki Bar and Kitch Inn.

The Bath Street basement venue has a bustling bar downstairs which serves amazing cocktails in quirky glasses shaped in everything from skulls to tiki poles and has one of the best rum selections in Glasgow.

But, for once, we weren’t there for the rum.

My friend and I took a booth upstairs in the restaurant and happily munched on Thai prawn crackers while we made our menu selections.

Another friend had recommended the salt and pepper squid so I opted for that for a starter while Aimi went for the chicken satay skewers.

Both dishes were excellently presented with the satay far from the bought-in mush often served in Asian restaurants and instead marinated chicken meat served with a unique peanut and cucumber dip. The squid, which was apparently declared the best in Glasgow by another restaurant reviewer, was lightly battered and served with a spicy green mayo dip and salad. It’s an amazing combo and I could easily have eaten a bucket – in fact, I had to restrain from ordering another portion.

So, on to the mains. My companion had chicken with chilli jam served with jasmine rice which she described as like a delicious, grown-up’s version of sweet and sour chicken.

I went for the battered coley fish with three flavoured sauce – the three sauces being onion, chilli and tamarind – which was served with rice and Asian vegetables. I’d never come across coley before, which is similar to cod or haddock, but it was delicious, with the three sauces giving a sweet and spicy taste.

We were ridiculous stuffed after our feed but the helpful waitress assured us that the desserts were really small, hence their tiny £2.50 price tag, so we managed a coconut and mango panna cotta and a sticky toffee pudding to share. Every dish out the Tiki kitchen was a delight and we both agreed the Thai food was better than many of the established Thai restaurants.

And good value too, our meal with soft drinks came to under £40. If you are heading to the nearby King’s Theatre, Tiki offer a good value pre-theatre menu before 7 p.m. with two courses coming in at £13.50, while the two-course express lunch is £8.

And if, like me, rum is your thing, Tiki runs a monthly rum club giving patrons the chance to try a new tipple and learn more about some established and up-and-coming rum brands.

Tiki is a bizarre fusion of Polynesian and Thai but it works and I would urge any foodie fan to venture down for what I assure you won’t be a one-off – we’ve already been back!

Tiki Bar and Kitch Inn, 214 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HW. Telephone 0141 332 1341. www.tikibarglasgow.com