|Closeup of pad Thai, a Thai dish made from rice noodles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
After rummaging around a car boot sale recently, the temperature in the car hit 32 degrees Celsius and we fled to for lunch - and shelter - to Thai Marina in Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne.
Thai Marina had a tent-like canvas covering the waterfront-facing part of their restaurant and we were eager to settle there. Fortunately, we had booked through Toptable.
Probably, the Thai people are used to the heat and quick to put up sophisticated summer cover. There was nothing else like it there; and hot looking people clustered around the few umbrella coverings at other restaurants.
At Thai Marina, under shelter, a charming couple with a small child were finishing a gorgeous-looking dessert and smilingly said they were nearly ready to go.
There were other hopefuls hovering but none had booked for lunch, which was a bonus. We downed at least a jug of water while we waited in a less expansive part of the restaurant, delaying our order until we were safely under canvas.
The menu has all the classics you'd expect, such as Green Curry and Pad Thai, as well as newer dishes like Lamb Cutlets or Tamarind Sea Bass.
The squid fritters with a wasabi dipping sauce were fantastic and my slightly conservative friend enjoyed his crispy vegetable roll with sweet chili dipping sauce.
In the summer months, Thai Marina offers alfresco dining all day and through the evening and on the weekends, you can enjoy the Thai summer barbecue by the waterside.
They are also one of the few restaurants around to offer Dim Sum dishes; and also offer a classical version of my favourite: Pad Thai, which combines stir-fried rice noodles, bean sprouts and picked white radish, with cashew nuts and lime.
I followed with another favourite: Tom Kha Gai Mapraow Orn - chicken soup with coconut milk, mushroom, galangal, lemongrass, chili and lime. Chilli is actually cooling on a hot day!
Rob had a Chicken Stir Fry and we shared a plate of the beautiful fruit and icecream dish that enchanted us on the earlier couple's table.
With a fruit juice for Rob and a glass of wine for me, plus lashings of cool water, the cost came to about £35. Very reasonable indeed and the service was excellent.