Weeping Thaiger Thai restaurant Naas is located in the centre of the town on Wolfe Tone Street. They opened in 2003 and with native Thai chefs have been serving great food to the people of Kildare ever since. The restaurant is situated on the upper level with a busy takeaway to the right and the restaurant to the left.
The décor is contemporary and clean, in a large open room divided with foliage. The floor is marble, and there is an eclectic mix of cream or orange high backed leather chairs. There’s a feeling of space and with windows the whole way around the room it is a light airy space with a relaxed atmosphere.
We visited mid-week and the restaurant was nicely busy and buzzy, with a bit of pre Christmas atmosphere.
The menu is extensive with many different styles of mains including wok fried dishes, Thai curries and noodles & rice dishes, not to mention the chef’s specialities. Everything is coded either vegetarian, healthy or gluten free and refreshingly all prices are exactly the same as the takeaway with nothing priced higher than €16.95.
They have done a good job of listening to customer feedback, and what with everyone being very health conscious, especially when eating out; they have redesigned the menu offering many healthy options as well as all the traditional dishes they are known for. Having always been conscious of weight myself I wanted to try out the healthy options.
The wine list started with a Tocornal Sauvignon Blanc or a Cabernet Sauvignon at €19 a bottle or €5 by the glass. The recommended wine was either the Teresa Rizzi Pinot Grigio or J Moreau Malbec for €20 and also available by the glass for €5.30. From there it continued into a nice selection but never went over the €27 price point, so all very reasonable for a neighbourhood restaurant. As Fred was enjoying a Thai beer I opted for the half bottle of Santa Digna Sauv. Blanc at €11.90. See, healthy already!
I started with the prawn tempura, 4 succulent prawns in a light crispy batter with a sweet chilli sauce while my husband had the duck spring rolls, which were stuffed with shredded vegetables and duck with a hoi sin tamarind dip and daughter Keisha had the chicken Satay. All the sauces came on the side, so you could have as much or as little as you liked, and they were homemade, which is always a plus. The Satay chicken was especially good, but with delicate and careful use of my chilli dip, I felt almost abstemious.
To follow I had the garlic & pepper with prawns, steamed rice and stir fry vegetables; a generous serving of large tiger prawns shallow fried with spring onion and mushrooms and came with their own garlic & pepper sauce, it was light but absolutely delicious. Fred had the beef red curry and a side of special fried rice and Keisha had salt & chilli chicken with noodles. They shared with each other and the verdict went to the beef curry, but only just. Throughout the staff could not have been more obliging and whatever we wanted they were more than happy to help.
When it came to dessert I was hesitant as we had eaten so much, however when the option of a fresh fruit platter was made I decided that sounded like a great way to finish up the evening. Keisha had Gelato artisan ice cream from Carlow and Fred had the chocolate fudge, which I had a sneaky piece of, and everybody enjoyed the fruit platter with fresh pineapple, kiwi, apple and strawberries.We finished the evening with tea, a skinny latte and cappuccino
The Weeping Thaiger is well worth a visit, and if you have been in the past, now is a good time to get re acquainted and try their new menu, you won't be disappointed.