The traditional Thai restaurant in Leeds serving its 2002 menu to celebrate its 20th birthday

We can’t wait to find out what the menu will look like in another twenty years- Happy Birthday Sukhothai.

Celebrating its 20 year anniversary, Sukhothai has re-launched its long-archived menu from their first opening in 2002.

Opening two Sukhothai restaurants (one in Leeds city centre and another in Chapel Allerton), six Zaap Thais across the North, winning countless awards and surviving a global pandemic that saw the even the best restaurants fall prey to the cruel financial reality of lockdowns- owner Ban Kaewkraikhot really has had a whirlwind twenty years.

Celebrating all that her team has accomplished, as well as their 20th birthday of their original Chapel Allerton restaurant, an incredible menu from 2002 is offering Leeds a taste of traditional Thai cuisine from time gone by.

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The absense of the ever-trendy Pad Thai is replaced with a short, but well considered menu with favourites from the motherland and the UK that were served back when the restaurant first opened.

Seafood and spice are the main ingredients on this menu- and the combinations allows any visitor to consume a rainbow of colour and wealth of flavours without venturing too far from their long-time favourites- an ideal combination for any Thai food enthusiast.

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fish on a plate with satay and sweet chilli saice.
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Bringing a refreshing alternative to the usual satay stick starters, the Sukhothai Seafood Platter for two (or more) offers a generous selection of crispy satay fish, satay prawns and crispy squid in batter between well-dressed mussels and satay and sweet chilli dipping sauce, all placed a bed of salad shoots and leaves.

This stand-out sharer has had two decades of careful preparation to perfect the crispy, sweet and spicy fusion of flavour- and highly-requested reputation of Sukhothai seafood shows.

Those dubious to try seafood will fall for the classic starter alternatives of duck spring rolls with mixed veggies and the Mee Krob: a sweet, crispy noodle dish with beansprouts, spring onion and coriander.

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On the Mains menu, the seafood theme continues to outshine the other meaty offerings.

The Som Tum Supparod Pla Tod is a light dish, recommended by the servers for its spicy papaya salad. Served as a plate of crispy haddock fillet with papaya salad with nuts and pineapple, this refreshing main sits alongside longtime favorites like the Pad Nam Mun Hoi Gung, a stir-fried prawn fish with carrot, mushroom, onion and oyster sauce.

Meat-eaters don’t need to opt for a pesci dish just to experience the flavours available from the 2002 menu: expect tender beef curry with aromatic Thai herbs or succulent stir-fried lamb with green curry paste served on a sizzling hot plate.

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Alternatively, the Nua Luk Tao comes as a Sukhothai-own recommendation: a generous serving of grilled sirloin steak in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce that marries stir-fried veggies with traditional flavours that melt in your mouth.

Served with a selection of aromatic coconut and Thai sticky rice, as well as noodles and other side plates, the considered 20th birthday specials act as a testament to the restaurant’s long-standing history in Chapel Allerton.

Regulars come back week-after-week, month-after-month for birthdays, anniversaries and Friday night dinners here, and as parents pass on their favourite restaurant dishes to younger generations, it’s obvious that Sukhothai is going to continue to be that family restaurant you just keep returning to.

@thehootleeds Sukhothai is serving an unreal menu of seafood and spices from 2002 for its 20th birthday! 🎂 #placestovisit #leeds #leedsfoodie #leedsfoodguide #yorkshire ♬ Cooking Time – Lux-Inspira

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To feast your senses on the 2002 menu from Sukhothai, visit the Chapel Allerton restaurant before Sunday 15 May 2022.

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