Review: The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn

If there’s something I can’t walk away from, it’s a good deal, and The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn has one of the best lunch deals going.  For the small sum of £8, you get two courses from their delicious express lunch menu any day of the week – yes, even on weekends!

On a particularly warm Saturday, I decided to wander along and take advantage of this incredible deal.  This was probably one of the only times I’ve been here in which the place was completely empty, and I mean there were two other people in the whole place, which is split over two levels.  I’m putting this down to the beautiful weather and the fact that there was an important football match on that day.

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The upstairs restaurant has a very simple and sleek design, with leather seats and colourful green walls decorated with posters and paintings, while the downstairs bar has a beach-side rum shack feel to it.  Because it was so warm, we decided to sit outside in their newly refurbished beer garden, with a mojito bar, astro turf flooring and colourful seats.  It being quiet, we quickly ordered drinks and looked over the menu.

The idea behind the lunch menu is simple: you pick a starter and a main, and the two come served together in a colourful Thai feast, plus you get prawn crackers to munch on while you wait.  The cocktails here are fantastic too.  I opted for the coconut grenade, served in a coconut shaped mug and full of the flavours of rum, coconut, and passion fruit.  Don’t be tempted to steal the glasses though, they lost so many when they first opened that they keep a close eye on them now!

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The starters include dishes like spring rolls, fish cakes, prawn tempura, salt & chilli squid and more.  I almost went for the squid, but I had recently had the same dish in Ka Ka Lok, so I opted for the Chicken Satay Ayam alongside the Chicken with Chilli Jam as my main.  The chicken satay had a gorgeous peanut flavour, with a slight tingle of heat, while the Chicken with Chilli Jam really packed a punch.  If you can’t handle chilli, avoid this dish as it has a fair kick to it, but it’s also filled with the classic Thai sweet and fragrant spices and flavours.  If you’re looking for a milder option, the Pork Fillet is a perfect choice. Served in a garlicky, peppery sauce, it has bags of flavour without the chilli heat.

The great thing about the lunch menu is the portion is perfect.  It might look small when it arrives, but I always find the dishes more than enough – I originally had plans to sample one of their desserts, but I was so full afterwards there was no chance!  If you’re looking for something lighter though, you can go for their lunch bowl option, choosing any of the main courses for just £6.

The whole philosophy behind The Tiki Bar is relaxed dining, fresh Thai flavours, and good rum, which is probably why I love it so much, because as far as I’m concerned, it delivers on all three.  The staff are always friendly and chatty, the service is always fast and the food delicious, and the cocktails are unusual, delicious, and sometimes deadly!

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