Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thai Menu Tasting at Tiger Bills


I was recently invited with my husband to try the new Thai main courses from the revised menu at Tiger Bills Birmingham.   Their location is based in the Five Ways entertainment complex at the top of the popular nightspot stretch of Broad Street.  Its base makes it ideal for those wishing to eat after a family afternoon at the cinema/bowling or for those wanting an early supper before enjoying a night out.

Tigers Bills Birmingham is part of a restaurant group that have been operating around the country in different cities and whose concept bears similarity to that of the many ‘world buffet’ outlets
that have become popular in recent years.  Rather than including elements of the world’s major cuisine types as others do, Tiger Bills concentrate on two areas – Thai and Grill (American flavours).  Rather than an all inclusive price, it mirrors usual restaurant fashion where you pay for each dish you order.
Visiting early on a Saturday night,  I noted that the atmosphere was quite buzzy, enhanced by low-lighting, middle-of-the-road background music and a cross-mix of diners.  Clientele ranged from a hen party, to couples to a large family gathering  - it demonstrated a wide mass appeal.
The décor focused heavily on picture-postcard images of Thai beaches and markets with even an actual tuk-tuk bike above the kitchen station.  In contrast, a few nods to America were existent by way of pictures on the wall of Rodeo Drive and the like.

Taking a look at the Thai main courses, I was pleased to see a good range of options available for vegetarians, comprising of the standard Thai fayre of stir-fries, noodles, curries and soups and varying in spice strength. 

Vegetarian Pad Thai

I opted for the Pad Thai Noodles which came with vegetables, bean sprouts, carrots, egg, spring onions and crushed peanuts.  As someone who is unable to tolerate spices, I asked the kitchen to bring me a spice-free portion.  I was delighted to see that my request was honoured and I had a portion to my specification.  My worry is with some chain outlets is that there is often very little room for bespoke requests, but on this occasion I was pleased that my meal was served as I had wished.  The vegetables and noodles were cooked well and there was a nice nutty aftertaste from the sauce.
Sweet & Sour Fish
My (carnivorous) husband, opted for the Sweet & Sour Fish which was a fried fish fillet of Basa (catfish) and served with rice, stir fried vegetables in a sweet & sour sauce.  Overall, he commented the dish was enjoyable, the sauce a little more sweet than sour but still nice and although the rice was a little plain,  when mixed with the sauce, it gave it a new level of  flavour. 

We decided to round off the meal with dessert.  The dessert listing was quite limited and leaned towards the ‘Grill/American’ side of the restaurant’s offering and echoed the kind of dessert menu you may find at a family pub – Chocolate Fudge Cake, Banoffee Cheesecake, Ice Cream etc.  I opted for Lumpy Bumpy - a chocolate cake topped with chocolate truffle and a layer of vanilla cheesecake coated with chocolate glaze.  My husband had the Deep Dish Apple Pie – which was a deep filled warm apple pie served with vanilla ice Cream.  Both were nice, although the apple pie would have benefited from being served a little warmer.
All in all, the Thai main courses provided the best and widest choice for vegetarians.  I would’ve liked to have seen more vegetarian options on the Grill side of the menu and also perhaps some Thai influence in the dessert offerings along with more contemporary desserts choices too.
Tiger Bills Interior
Having a wide appeal for all demographics,  I feel Tiger Bills makes for an ideal place to eat before/after a cinema visit, great for large works parties and even hen do’s before a night of revelry.  Definitely a family-friendly place to dine, with something for everyone and with more branches set to open in the UK soon and even abroad in India and Tunisia, there will be plenty of opportunities to try the Tiger Bill’s concept somewhere near to you.
Disclosure:    This post has been written following a kind invitation from Tiger Bills Birmingham to sample their Thai main courses.  All other courses and drinks were paid for ourselves.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 

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