The Tanyalak Thai restaurant is situated on Hull’s George Street, a once busy shopping area which now lies pretty much neglected as people and development have moved onto other, trendier parts of the city. But that certainly does not mean that people are unable to find it. We popped in on a Saturday afternoon and found it surprisingly busy; we had to make do with stools facing the window. It’s more of a cafe than a restaurant, fairly small with basic seats and tables, but very clean and tidy.
‘Street food’ seems to be a bit of a buzzword and fashion at the moment, and Tanyalak advertises itself as a street food restaurant, but as far as I could tell there was nothing different from the food here that you would find in any other Thai restaurant. All the usual stuff was available, starters, soups, curries and stir-fries, and the prices seemed quite reasonable.
The best thing about this place was the speed of the service. Despite being busy, our Thai fishcake starter and main courses turned up surprisingly quickly. The quality was very good, and rather than my usual beer I washed my Phad Nam Prik Pao down with a pot of Jasmine tea, a great accompaniment. My only criticism of the meal was that the rice was a bit too dry and stodgy. Service was very friendly, and a partial view into the busy kitchen meant from our seats we could actually see what was going on, and the whole place appeared clean, efficient and very well run.
For our two course meal with soft drinks, the bill totalled just under £30. The portion size meant that we both had enough to eat and overall it was good value for money; perhaps not the place to go for a formal night out, but a great place for a tasty meal in a hurry.