Yet another group buy voucher takes us to Thai Elements, a small restaurant and take-away joint in Liverpool, which seems to be popular with the locals....of which we are not, having traveled 45 minutes to get here. The restaurant doubles up as an Indian restaurant, with two separate menus- one with Thai options and the other with Indian, though we notice the Thai food is much more popular.
Our voucher entitles us to the Thai options only, which we're fine with, as there's plenty of enticing options. We start off with the BBQ calamari, a small serving of grilled calamari rings which seemed quite an interesting option for a Thai restaurant as the flavours reminded us of marinated meats at Korean BBQs. They were tasty though, even if the calamari was a little on the chewy side, and we had no problem finishing the whole dish, sauce and everything.
Shrimp and Crab Net Spring Roll
The spring rolls are easily our favourite of the night and we're glad that unlike the other fried options, these come in a serving of 6. The net wrapper gives these spring rolls a light and crisp shatter as you bite into these, a unique texture quite different to the usual harder crunch of spring rolls. The filling is also a far cry from 'normal' spring rolls, with the shrimp and crab giving a pleasantly sweet taste- I could easily finish off a couple plates of these- they're that good!
We're unsure as to what exactly the coconut prawns are, but the combination of coconut with juicy prawns sounds like an excellent idea. It turns out however, there isn't much of the rich coconut flavour we were anticipating with the prawns- instead these are delicious deep fried prawn pieces battered with coconut shreds which impart a satisfying crunch to each bite.
Prawn In Blanket
And because we love crunchiness so much, we also order the 'prawn in a blanket'- a rather imaginative way to describing prawn pieces wrapped with a spring roll wrapper, much like a version my mum makes at home. They're tasty, but simply don't compare to the net spring rolls we've had before.
BBQ Beef (Crying Tiger)
The BBQ beef has a nice smoky flavour, but although the menu states that it's grilled with an assortment of Thai herbs, there's not much of the fragrant herb taste that we'd anticipated and we resort to dipping the beef slices into the seafood salad dressing as it's a bit bland for our tastes. The meat is also quite tough, and although it was cut into nice thing pieces, it took us quite a lot of (chewing) effort to get through all the beef pieces.
Seafood Jungle Curry
Not that the hotness stops us from scooping up the dressing and drenching the seafood and veggies in it- it is incredibly delicious and moreish and we just can't get enough of it!
Sizzling Thai Style Mixed Seafood
The sizzling seafood looks deceptively plain and boring, with a selection of seafood and veggies sitting on a smoking sizzling dish. The serving is also rather small in comparison to our other mains, which is a bit of a shame as we finished this in no time! We couldn't quite figure out what the sauce was, but it was incredibly addictive and delicious and complimented the seafood perfectly- if only we'd ordered a second derving of this instead of the curry............
Bananas in Coconut Milk
There's only two dessert options for the night so we order two of each. The bananas in coconut milk is just that- which I found a tad boring (especially as I'm not a huge fan of banana in the first place) but others found it to be quite an enjoyable combination.
Ice-Cream With caramel Topping
Boring as it might seem, I much prefer the ice-cream- two minature balls of plain ice cream with a drizzle of caramel topping,
With the voucher, this meal was unbelievably great value ($49 for 4), but we're surprised that the menu itself is pretty well priced with mains at around $13 each- we'll definitely be coming back more often when we're in the area!!