Following our mini tour of Fenwick food hall last week after it's extensive refurbishment, I couldn't wait to head back with Steve and show him around. We stocked up on our favourites from Rafi's Spice Box, Mason & Rye and Blagdon Farm Shop before taking a seat at Ko Sai for a light lunch.
Ko Sai is the brainchild of Terry Laybourne and Parichat Somsri-Kirby - head chef from Terry's flagship restaurant Cafe 21. Parichat hopes to bring genuine Asian street food and traditional family recipes from Thailand to Newcastle and during our lunchtime visit, this style of cooking certainly seemed to be going down well. The open kitchen creates a nice buzz and the restaurant was filled with a mix of couples, groups and single people sitting at the bar on their lunch break. Ko Sai also offer a takeaway menu for those on the go.
We started with a couple of fresh juices - carrot, orange and ginger for me and pineapple, kiwi and apple for Steve - both very refreshing.
We were looking for something fairly light for lunch as we were also going out that evening. There were plenty of options to choose from and I couldn't decide whether to try a few snacks (Thai fishcakes with cucumber relish were very tempting), a soup, roll or salad. In the end I went for the Thai Broth with Seafood which at £7.20 turned out to be an excellent choice. The broth was spicy and packed with flavour with a bit of a kick without being overbearing and was filled with fish, prawns and even scallops. I was warned the portion was a snack size but to be honest it was perfectly satisfying for lunch.
Steve ordered the Green Papaya Salad with Pan-fried Salmon (£10.20). The portion was substantial and again full of fresh flavours. The salad was well dressed as well so the big thumbs up from us!
We declined dessert this time but with treats such as Raspberry and Chilli Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich, Thai Jewels and Vietnamese 'Affogato' I will definitely be looking at sampling something sweet on our next visit.
Have you tried any of the restaurants in Fenwick Food Hall or visited Ko Sai yourself? I'd love to hear your recommendations and thoughts.