Tithebarn Street, Poulton. Sometimes in life you just know what you want. You finish work after a hard day at the office and your tastebuds are aching for something familiar.
And when that happens it is sometimes best to follow your stomach and head for an old favourite which remains as popular today as when it first opened.
Thai by Night in Poulton is just such a place.
I live in the Wyre market town and am a frequent visitor to the restaurant as it is a place which caters as well for large groups of friends as it does for a couple just wanting a quiet midweek night out.
When we went on a recent Tuesday night, we were somewhat apprehensive over the amount of people who would be eating out on a rather cold evening, fearing we may be the only ones dining, which can sometimes be a bit of an uncomfortable experience.
But once inside we found a good smattering of full tables, always a good sign of good food, and the atmosphere was ringing with the sound of friendly conversation.
We sat at a table for two, quickly ordered drinks and got down to the business of ordering off the stacked menu.
Among the many starters on offer is a platter which covers a whole range of flavours and is perfect for those indecisive eaters who want a little bit of everything.
The mixed combo dish for two included spring rolls, chicken satay, spare ribs, chicken wings, pork toast and crispy wonton.
It came with three delicious dipping sauces which were full of flavour. But beware, the sticky sweet chilli packs a bit of an unexpected punch.
For our mains, we again delved deep into the menu filled to the brim with tantalising sounding treats.
The beauty of eating in a restaurant in your home town is you can make notes about the dishes you plan to try out next time you visit.
But as I said before, my stomach was demanding something more familiar and I opted for the ever popular chicken red curry with steamed rice.
I always like a bit of spice to my curries and this one was a delicious blend of spicy chilli, succulent chicken and crunchy vegetables – with the heat tempered by the rich coconut milk used in the tasty sauce.
While it put a slight sweat on my brow it wasn’t enough to send me running for the ice cream – in other words perfect.
My partner, who is so much of a fan of garlic that she occasionally likes some other ingredients to go with it, went for the stir-fried chicken with garlic and pepper.
Her dish was full of flavour and distinctly savoury, cooked with the freshest ingredients.
She thoroughly enjoyed the dish and by the time we had both finished our mains we were so stuffed we didn’t have room for desert.
I have to say, washed down with a few Singha beers, this kind of food is among my favourite in the world and I would happily go back night after night.
Thai By Night is the sort of restaurant every town centre needs
It does good food, for a reasonable price to a good standard.
While there is nothing that leaps off the menu as something you will never have tried before, all the old favourites are on there.
It will always be a popular spot if it maintains the high standards it has already set.
Because sometimes the belly wants what the belly knows.
Name: Thai By Night
Address: 3-5 Tithebarn Street, Poulton
Phone: (01253) 893051
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 5pm ‘till late
Parking: On street or in a town centre car park
Disabled access: Yes
Worth a visit for: Lots of Thai taste for a reasonable price
One thing I’d change: How about some coconut rice?