303 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HQ
  • Telephone 0141 332 3000
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5–6.30pm; Fri/Sat 3–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £13.50 / £14.95
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Birra Moretti

Classic tastes of Thailand on Sauchiehall Street, in a smart setting offering outstanding service.

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Yes, Thairiffic isn’t the wittiest of restaurant names, but what it lacks in clever puns it makes up for in style, service and authentic cooking. Impeccably decorated with dark wood tables, red walls and bamboo place mats, it is well-placed on Sauchiehall Street for a quick pre-theatre meal but thanks to it being one level up from the pavement is also surprisingly calm and tranquil and deserving of a longer visit. The wonderfully entitled ‘golden bags’ starter (crispy fried pastry with a curry filling of chicken and vegetables) were invented in the royal kitchen of Thailand according to the menu, and taste suitably decadent. The sweet chilli sauce on the side provides a fiery kick. In the mains, there is an extensive selection of dishes including salads, soups, noodles, curry, rice, seafood and grills. The mild massamum curry, made with coconut milk, potatoes, onions, cashew nuts and crispy red onions works excellently with vegetables and tofu, as well as with meat. The sticky and sweet coconut rice soaks up the thick sauce perfectly.

The List's rating






Emily Henderson visited Thairiffic on 24 January 2018
  • High point: Excellent pre-theatre offers
  • Low point: Thai pop music may be an acquired taste
  • Notable dish: Drunken duck stir-fry
  • Average price: £9.90 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Thai pop
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Forget the groan-worthy name, Thairiffic's food is worth shouting about

16 Oct 2012

New Thai restaurants in Glasgow are like buses. You wait ages for one to come along then two turn up. So it is with Chaophraya arriving in Nelson Mandela Place in early summer, closely followed by Thairiffic in Sauchiehall Street. And, just as with…