The Blue Orchid is a Thai restaurant in the rejuvenated village of Stepaside on the slopes of the Dublin Mountains. The restaurant is on the right as you enter the village coming from Dublin in a row of buildings occupying the space where the old Mountainview House pub once stood. Now there are opticians, the Box Tree Bar and restaurant and the Blue Orchid.
Inside the restaurant is tastefully decorated in dark shades and with very nice glass lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Walls are covered in dark paper and the seating is comfortable and contemporary.
The menu is as you would expect in a Thai restaurant, there are ample amounts of starters and several pages of main courses. Expect to see all of the usual suspects here, but in fairness the presentation is above par, with some dishes served in baskets made from potato, while the duck with pineapple is served on pineapples that are split in half and hollowed out. The front of house is run by Saji, who managed the excellent Ananda for some years, and knows a thing or two about service.
On a Friday night it’s hopping and we are seated at a nice corner table, with some much tasted crackers and dips to munch on as we sip our sparkling water and choose. We start with a sharing platter of satay chicken, spring roll, a very delicate chicken dumpling and the star of the starters, a tangy and delicious Yuk Sung, which is diced chicken breast with bamboo shoots and spring onion with a spicy sauce and served on an ice berg lettuce leaf.
Main courses continued to impress; the seafood medley of squid, scallops and prawns was served in the aforementioned basket, with an oyster sauce with a hint of chilli, while a beef Massaman curry had great depth of flavour, and again just the right amount of chilli kick.
We couldn’t find room for dessert, and finished out meal with two good coffees. Blue Orchid is serving very well made Thai food in a pleasing setting with flair. The dishes are delicious, the service is excellent and the prices are spot on. We’ll be back.