I am watching Ramsay’s kitchen, tonight, 12th October 2010, the first part is focussed on a Thai restaurant in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the home of Scotland’s oldest University and a key tournament of golf in the golfing year.
I have to admit to have eaten at the Thai restaurant twice, several months apart. The first visit was an exploration and was interesting. The food was quite good, but in the family’s view, not outstanding. We thought we might consider the restaurant for a second try, if and when we returned to St Andrews, if there was nothing else available that suited us. Not exactly what you would call a major reason for an encore, but there it was. It was okay enough for us to consider to use the restaurant again.
We should not have re-visited. We were seated in a very draughty area and it was in Winter. One couple left. Their table was in a slightly worse position than ours by the open first floor door. Our platters were not served in a reasonable time. We thought of paying for our drinks and leaving when the first of the platters arrived. The meals were generally very salty to our tastes. One dish was so heavily salted, after tasting it, we all thought that half the salt pig had been poured in. It was awful! The staff were called and the problem discussed. A replacement of the same dish was offered. It was declined. We were, therefore, offered a discount which, when the bill arrived, amounted to £2 sterling, a fraction of the cost of the uneatable dish that was received. Hardly appropriate compensation, we felt, for inedible food. The experience, literally left a bad taste.
We would not return ever again to the Thai restaurant in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. I cannot believe that place figured in Ramsay’s kitchens! It makes me somewhat sceptical about the standards applied to the selection of the competing restaurants.
Yes, the only St. Andrews Thai Restaurant was amazing, but for all the very wrong reasons. It was amazingly awful!!