IT’S often said that although Gainsborough is blessed with a wealth of first-class places to eat out, our town is sadly lacking in that taste of the exotic.
This is why I was so surprised and delighted to learn that a new Thai take away restaurant opened under our very nose on Church Street, just a stone’s throw away from the Market Place.
Already boasting a menu of top breakfast butties and food on the go alongside groceries, dry-cleaning and all you’d expect from a newsagents and much more, I wandered if the building that houses Bell’s Newsagents could offer any more than they already do. Could they really deliver a decent Thai take away service on top of everything else?
I picked up a menu whilst out and about. As the work day wore on and I become ever more weary, my eyes drifted towards it as the thought of something spicy became ever more enticing.
The menu at Som’s is succinct but extensive and offers pretty impressive value – the most expensive dish for one that they offer is just £5.10.
For a starter I was torn between marinated barbecued chicken and the spring rolls, but eventually settled on chicken tom yum soup.
There’s a remarkably wide variety of mains to choose from too. My tastebuds were tempted by the chilli prawn stir fry, lemon grass squid stir and chicken pad thai noodles just to name a few. In the end I went for the yellow beef curry.
When I phoned up to make my order, I was greeted by a quirky and bright young sprite. Her cheerful eccentricity was most refreshing, as she checked my every taste was catered for before doing an impression of a bell.
My order was ready as soon as I arrived, and was piping hot when I tucked into it. My Tom yum soup was spicy, sour and packed with all of the flavours of lemon grass, lime leaf, coriander and chilli, and the chicken was meaty and wholesome. This is certainly a dish to hit the spot and warm the heart.
The yellow beef curry was also just how I like it - a little on the spicy side. It wasn’t the best Thai curry I’ve ever had and the potato and vegetables were a bit too soggy. But the egg fried rice was done just right the flavours of coconut milk and pepper bamboo shoots complemented the succulent beef perfectly.
Som’s only opened for business at the end of last week, so I doubt word of mouth has had time to spread yet, but with dazzling flavours and unbeatable value, I’m sure it will soon. Next time you’re in there to pick up a copy of The Standard, why not pick up a menu as well?
By Andrew Trendell
Star Rating HHHH