My friend is a big fan of East-Asian food, so I joined the party at the Thai Edge Restaurant in Brindley Place. I'd never been before, and it had all the right signs - the food smelled great when I walked in, it was all dark wood with a lot of glass and a few bright decorative, traditionally Thai, pieces were dotted around the restaurant.
We'd decided instead of paying for our meals individually when the bill came to opt for the group options on the menu. Instead of going for a meat dish I decided to be vegetarian on the night, and God knows I need to eat healthier. At £19.00 per head, with a starter and a main I wasn't too bothered. It's when the food came that the problems began.
The vegetarian starters were a stereotypical interpretation of 'Thai' food: uninteresting, under-seasoned samosas (which are in fact an Indian and Pakistani dish), and spring rolls. They were typically greasy with little inside. After the selection of starters being more pastry than filling I was looking forward to the main.
Sadly I was left unsatisfied. The veggie options were what appeared to be deep fried won-tons. Curious (and hungry), I started to pick up a few fried bites and have a nibble. One was a fried pepper, one a carrot, one a piece of broccoli. It became clear all too soon that we were munching individually fried, unseasoned vegetables. While the meat eaters were tucking into their dishes I was left hungry.
Service wise we couldn't fault the Thai Edge. The table waiters were great, we were served within twenty minutes of placing our order, but the food really let the place down.
We decided to all chill at the bar after our meal, just to chat without the food being in the way. The service however, was poor and once we'd placed our orders we were waiting at the not-so-busy bar for at least ten minutes until we received our drinks.
After a less than successful evening of barely eating, and waiting to be served our drinks, it's safe to say we won't be back, whether it's a friends celebration or not.