Really great restaurant. Massive portions. We separate starters n shared a main with a side of noodles. Was all to a very high standard. Tad pricey though. Was £50ish
Thai Orchid is the real deal. Take it from someone who lives in the land of authentic Asian cuisine (LA).
The ambiance is chill, the service excellent, but unobtrusive, and the food is superb.
We ordered appetizers of duck rolls and Boom! Wonderful, not greasy & piping hot yum!
The crispy greens (bok Choy) were sublime. My salmon tom Kha gai special was perfect. The Pad Thai delicious and even the coconut ice cream dessert a fitting end to a great night out.
Take my advice, say YES!!!
All you can eat Asian buffett!!!
Amazing selection of Asian cuisine from Chinese to Thai. All of it tasted delicious my personal favourite being the Singapore beef as well as the duck pancakes! Also a good selection of deserts too for when you are ready to give something sweet a try. Huge chocolate cake, blueberry moose pot, fruit salad and a vanilla egg tartlets, made up the desert options and were all part of the buffett. So you can quite easily stuff yourself silly.
Great service from waiting staff, very busy too which is always a good sign. Beer selection consisted of bottled beers such as Singha and Tiger. The overall price was quite modest too. Would definately visit again if I was in the Harrogate area. Asian cuisine at its finest!
Does not get better!
From the service, to the ambiance, to the food itself... simply superb.
Leave it to the professionals when you want it done right, these guys really know what they are doing! I was lucky enough for good weather and enjoyed my meal alfresco which even made it better. I've had a number of dishes here and have yet to find something I don't like. Don't get me wrong its a nicer place, but for harrogate it is not pricey, believe me! Winning on taste and reasonable expense (for Harrogate).
Ratings don't lie, this place is solid!
Imagine you have been in the dog house all week with your missus and need to earn some Brownie points fast. The Sunday buffet (£16.90 pp) at the Thai Orchid will soon sort that out. While most of your friends are sat eating microwaved vegetables and a lousy roast at a nearby pub, you will be spoiled with all kinds of soups, starters, mains and desserts at this fine restaurant. It's all you can eat, so start slowly - all the food is to die for - just pace yourself and you can make the most of the 2 hour sittings. I saw my girlfriend's eyes sparkle on a number of occasions and knew that I would be able to live off this one for at least a couple of weeks. Recommended. Get yourself there.
After emerging from the Harrogate baths we used the Qype android app and stumbled upon Orchid, something I doubt we would have done by accident as from the outside it blends in with the local guesthouses.
I'm not sure what the correct terminology would be (Oriental/Pan-Asian?) but the menu consists of a selection of dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, The Phllippines and various regions of China.
It's a relatively modest selection, but clearly well thought through and not just a 'throw in every dish and see what sticks' concept, which is what often undoes such places as this.
We only had mains, but the red duck curry was rich, intensely savoury and packed full of lean duck meat. A special of crispy duck (yes, beware mallards!) was similarly excellent, with crisp skin and a deep aromatic sauce.
On arrival we were peering in to see if it was the restaurant we were looking for and an elderly gent smoking outside confirmed it was the Orchid. As we asked if it was a good meal he exclaimed 'aye, it's reet lovely', something I'm now happy to attest to.
This is a really fantastic restaurant that serves beautiful authentic oriental food in gorgeous surroundings with a lovely atmosphere. The food is fresh tasting and incorporates dishes from Thailand, Malaysia and China.
The food is slightly above what you may expect to pay, but for the quality of the food alone, not to mention the surroundings, it is well worth it.
The staff are courteous and attentive, and there is now an open kitchen so you can watch the cooking process in the restaurant if you so wish.
The place does get very busy however, and so booking is advisable. The Sunday buffet is exceptional value, and is perhaps the best time to bring children. The Orchid is also part of a small hotel, which seems lovely, and I'm sure would be a pleasant place to stay when visiting Harrogate.
All in all, a great experience that makes for a memorable meal in beautiful surroundings.
My favourite place to eat in Harrogate. Delicious food and excellent service. Try the 2 course express lunch at £10.95. Just superb. Highly recommended.
Thai Orchid is awesome. If you are in Harrogate make sure you try it out. Weeping tiger, soft shell crab, yusoyaki beef (sp.) and duck in plum sauce are my recommendations.
Very good oriental food here and not that expensive either. With a fusion or the orient there is lots of variety. My mixed seafood dish was almost perfect but with slightly over-cooked squid I couldn't quite give full marks. Pleasant staff and a pleasant setting this is great for spot of lunch at the weekend.
Great place to go with friends,went with my Wife, the thai meal we had was excellent! We ordered a selection of dishes to try. The night we went was a Saturday and very busy, Good food busy atmosphere.
We ate mainly thai food which was pretty good, but not outstanding. The whole dining experience lacked "soul" due to the rather abrupt and impersonal service. The staff seemed to have been briefed to maximise revenue and cover turnover, rather than facilitating a relaxed and enjoyable occasion. The cctv screen of the chefs at work in the kitchen is very irritating if you happen to sit facing it.
Overall a bit disappointing given the high expectation level.
Have eaten here a few times and always enjoyed the meal although I think the Sunday buffet was a little pricey. It came in at about £70 for four, two of whom only drank water. The buffet was nice with a good choice of starters and then about ten other selections for the main course. The puds were small dishes and were delicious. Really enjoyed it but felt it was a bit expensive for a Sunday lunch. Need to book on Sunday as we couldn't get in the first week we tried. Very popular.
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