Sunday, 24 July 2011

Jino's Thai Café, Headingley, Leeds

Yesterday I was in transit between Haworth and York after taking my Mum to visit relatives. We'd arranged to go for a bite to eat and I wanted to pick up a few bottles from Beer Ritz, so Jino's just down the Otley Road seemed like a good option.

I'm glad we went, it was a pleasant meal if a little polite. Everything we ate was fresh and tasty, just a bit lacking in excitement. Very much in the toned down Anglo-Thai mould I felt.

A red curry (Gaeng Ped) with chicken was generously proportioned, and mild yet richly coconutty.

A prawn stir-fry with chilli paste and sweet basil (Pad Prik Gaeng) was described on the menu as very spicy, but wasn't at all. It was tasty though, and the prawns were beautifully sweet and fresh tasting.

A salad on the side (Som Tam of course!) continued the theme, in that it was crisp and fresh, pleasant to eat but very underpowered. It was hardly spicy at all, although the sweet, salty and sour flavours were well balanced.

Despite the lack of spice I still enjoyed this meal. I'd definitely eat here again. Prices are reasonable (all of the curries and stir-fries come with rice), chilled tap water is provided in generous quantities and service is efficient. It's also bring-your-own booze and they don't charge corkage. Our bill came to just over £21 with one soft drink.

For quick, healthy, cheap Thai food that won't frighten a novice well recommended. For authentic, spicy Thai food I'd probably go elsewhere.

Oh, and Mum paid. Thanks Mum!


46a Otley Road

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