My girlfriend and I had decided to go to Chopstick after reading a lot of good reviews on here. Ania was a newcomer to Thai food, while I'd eaten a lot of it in the UK and considered myself quite a fan. In general, there's quite a dirth of decent Oriental Cuisine in much of Poland and Thai, in particular, is something you rarely see.
We arrived to find that the restaurant was really quite small. The decor was lavish on the outside, and simple but elegant on the inside. The small size of the restaurant (there are only 7 x 4-person tables) meant that service was prompt, but friendly and not pushy. You could also see past the head waitress at the service counter into the kitchen where the Thai cooking staff were busy cooking.
We ordered some Chang and Singha beers to get started while we looked at the menu. the beer was a little expensive for Poland, but imported a really long way and added to the authenticity of the whole experience, so we were more than happy to pay.
When it came to ordering, my girlfriend ordered a fried rice with king prawns and chicken, with a chilli and garlic paste, while I went for crispy fried chicken with oyster sauce and a side order of home made rice noodles. Once again, service was prompt and the food came wonderfully presented, and the taste did not disappoint at all. My dish was delicious, the crispness of the chicken aided by some chopped nuts and other ingredients. The oyster sauce was a perfect compliment and the rice noodles were finely cut and delicious. My girlfriend was also delighted with her dish, which included some truly huge king prawns - again a bit of a rarity in Poland.
Once we were done with the mains, we ordered a dessert to share, of deep fried ice cream. It came along in a perfect envelope of hot, crispy donut batter and smothered in strawberry sauce. The ice cream was still ice cold in the middle.
As we paid and were about to leave, we were presented with an additional, complimentary Thai beer each which we drank and soaked up the foodie atmosphere, looking at the countless glass jars of interesting ingredients and the large, but inobtrusive TV, showing a Thai cookery competition.
Without a doubt, I will return to this place whenever I'm next in Sopot. It's an absolute treat and you'd be crazy to miss it, if you like authentic Thai cuisine.
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