At La Vida Liverpool, we introduce readers to the best places to eat and drink in Liverpool and the North West — from hidden gems to restaurants with the best cuisine, atmosphere and service. We capture their ethos and their very nature, so you’re fully informed before visiting. As part of our recent series promoting businesses in the Wirral seaside town of Hoylake, we bring you Khao Soi Thai.
What’s Khao Soi about?
Regarded by some as the best Thai restaurant in Wirral, Khao Soi of Hoylake provides a culinary experience as close to the true taste of Thailand as you’re going to get in the UK. Opened in April 2018, it’s loved for its sumptuous interior, with a midnight blue theme throughout and beautiful Thai decor and pictures.
The restaurant offers quality Thai cuisine — although not at high prices as the plush interior would suggest. Khao Soi is all about quality Thai cuisine and a fine dining look and feel yet at a reasonable price. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday 4pm until 10pm.
Khao Soi is owned and ran by a small team headed by Thai couple Petchai and Kimi and ‘Khao Soi’ is named after a spicy, rich soup-like noodle dish popular in Northern Thailand and South East Asia.
A visit to Khao Soi will more than likely involve being greeted by Toey and you can expect quality Thai hospitality and top levels of service from the lovely hosts. You can choose to sit downstairs, perhaps in a quiet corner or by the window looking out to Market Street, or upstairs with views down onto the street below.
What’s on the menu?
With years of experience from the family run team, Khao Soi has a refined yet varied menu featuring great value starters, soups, salads, curries, noodles and speciality house mains. Whatever you’re looking for, spicy or mild, there’s a perfect dish for everyone.
There’s an early evening offer of 2 starters and 1 main with rice for just £13.50 between 4pm and 6pm. There are also set menu options offering 4 starters, soup, 3 mains with rice and ice cream to finish, priced between £20-£25 per person. They have Buy 3 Get One Free on Chang beers. They deliver too — free within a certain radius with orders over £20 — and offer 10% discount on collection orders!
Check out the full menu HERE!
We visited Khao Soi on a Wednesday evening and boy were we looked after! We couldn’t resist trying a Thai shiraz and shared a bottle of the rich, smooth and warm Monsoon Valley — if you’ve not yet tried a Thai red wine then you must go to Khao Soi just for this reason!
As we sat at one of the window tables downstairs, the atmosphere was sophisticated yet relaxed — with delicate Thai music playing as we admired the beautiful decor.
To start, I opted for chicken wings with garlic and lemongrass whereas my partner opted for Tom Kha soup. For our mains, I chose Moo krob pad prik gaeng (stir fried crispy pork with a red curry paste) upon recommendation from the delightful Toey and my pescetarian partner had crispy, soft shell crab with black pepper sauce.
A classy yet relaxed dining experience with top quality Thai cuisine and amazing service, we had a fantastic evening and it was finished off with a Thai ice cream pancake for dessert and their speciality Thai tea.
Why we love Khao Soi….
We love Khao Soi for many reasons. We love that they’re a small family run independent and we love the top quality service and friendly, humble nature of their owners and staff.
We love the sumptuous interior and decor — creating a fine dining look and feel yet without the fine dining prices and an experience as close to the real Thailand as you’re going to get.
We love their quality Thai cuisine that keeps people coming back and their quality wine list — it was great to sample a Thai shiraz.
We love their offers, set menus and the fact that they deliver for free — we hadn’t previously considered Thai as a delivery option but we will do from now on! We love Khao Soi — another fantastic dining option in West Wirral.
Khao Soi / 46 Market Street, Hoylake, CH47 2AF / 0151 632 3366
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