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Tapas Dreams at Talay Thai

If you’re seeking Thai cuisine with unspoilt views during your visit to Cornwall, one of the most sought-after holiday vacation spots in the country, look no further than Talay Thai Kitchen. Marvel in the spectacular serenity of St Ives harbour front while you tuck into tempting dishes inspired by the streets of Thailand.

Capture Credit - Nik Read

Nestled within the heart of the iconic harbour front in St Ives, Talay Thai Kitchen is the perfect setting to enjoy delicious long lunches, romantic evening meals, and carefully curated modern cocktails. The restaurant’s name is derived from the Thai word ‘Talay’ meaning both seafood and ocean in Thai, and this wonderful restaurant delivers on its promise to bring the authentic taste of Thailand’s street food to this corner of Cornish shore. A welcoming exterior with gorgeous, charcoal grey slate tiling and bamboo signage is your initial greeting, but as you head upstairs to the restaurant, be prepared for an assortment of mouth-watering Thai spices to engulf your senses. Once inside the restaurant, the wood panelled back wall and flooring create a luxe cosy vibe. If you’re lucky enough to acquire an elevated table by the windows, you will have the opportunity to absorb the unblemished beauty of the lighthouse and people watch on the bustling streets below. If you’re seated on a comfortable leather booth closer to the chefs, prepare to be mesmerised as they cook up a storm.  

The food menu caters for all with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. If you prefer light bites, love to share, or simply can’t decide, the kitchen offers a selection of delectable tapas style dishes to choose from. If you’re feeling slightly more peckish, the main menu offers beautifully presented, traditional Thai curries and stir-fries. For lovers of all things sweet and spicy, we recommend the fragrant Panang curry. An extensive cocktail menu awaits, offering enticing classics with a modern Thai twist. Whatever your chosen tipple, you will be spoilt for choice with this delectable menu. Talay Thai Kitchen ensure their cocktail syrups and juices are made fresh in-house, while many of the soft drinks and spirits are sought from local Cornish companies, including St Ives’ very own Sea Buck Tonic, a vital ingredient in the trendy Fiery Longtail cocktail.

The restaurant is open daily from midday to late and operates on a ‘walk-in only’ basis, so we suggest arriving early, especially with larger parties to avoid disappointment. The popular restaurant is worth the wait, so take the opportunity to wander around the picturesque harbour full of bright pink buoys and fishing boats while you wait for a vacancy, or perhaps head down to one of the beautiful beaches St Ives has to offer. Talay Thai also has a takeaway service, with the option to order online and collect within a timeslot of your choice. Open all year round, Talay Thai Kitchen guarantees tempting cuisine and sublime views rain or shine.

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Website | Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF | 01736 795 157

All images captured by Nik Read

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