The Wales National Air Show is held in Swansea annually and organised by the City and County of Swansea. We read about the event online and decided to visit Swansea for a day trip. We went to watch the free event on the 9th of July, the day after we went to Cardiff Bay for the Cardiff Food Festival.
According to Wales Online, an estimated 120,000 spectators attended the two-day National Air Show in Swansea. The air show began at 12pm. A wide range of air and ground displays were held on that day. The air displays include the Red Arrows, Tornado GR4, Team Vipers, The Blades, Lancaster Bomber, Black Cat helicopter display, Team Osprey etc.
More details about the National Air Show can be found on their official website.
Other than the various air displays, there were many ground displays along the beach area. You will also get a chance to see the Typhoon cockpit, a Chinook helicopter, a glider and army tanks up close. Activities such as rock climbing are also available to participate in. Numerous refreshments stalls were also set up on the day of the event. The food range included jacket potatoes, hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips, Indian food, crepes, ice-cream, doughnuts and sweets. Other than that there was also a fun fair held across the road where you can go for thrilling rides.
The air displays finished around 5pm. Bangkok Café topped the restaurant guide in Tripadvisor and we decided to give this place a try.
Upon arrival, we were guided to our seats immediately by a friendly waiter. The interior of the Thai restaurant was rather contemporary. The comfortable seats and the dim lightings made the ambiance very nice and pleasant.
We started out with a dom yum soup, or more well-known as tomyam soup for Malaysians. Priced at £5, this spicy prawn soup with lemongrass, galingal and coriander was very authentic and bursting with flavour! This is by far the best tomyam soup that we have had in the UK.
We also had a som dam as a starter. Priced at £4.50, this street salad consisted of shredded fresh green papaya, green beans and carrots with dried shrimps, peanuts, garlic, chilli and lime juice. The salad was good, a very good appetiser for the meal. However, it would have been tasted better if the salad was spicier and slightly more sour.
In case you are wondering why we had a third starter, which is sate for £4.50, it was because the staff made a mistake by serving us sate instead of som dam. But instead of taking the starter back, they void the order and gave us the sate for free, which was really nice of them. It exceeded our expectations. The marinated chicken and beef skewers, served with peanut sauce and a chilli and cucumber dip, were absolutely delicious! The sate was so soft and creamy, every bite was heavenly delicious. The peanut sauce was so good that we emptied the small plate.
For our mains, we had pad Thai, which was priced at £7.95. Soft ribbon noodles were stir fried with prawns and bean sprouts. The classic Thai noodles was fantastic, especially after mixing with the chilli flakes, ground nuts and lime juice, it was simply mouth-wateringly delicious. Definitely something that you must try out in this restaurant!
The gang kio warn gai, hot green chicken curry served with deep-fried broccoli and sweet potatoes and steamed Thai rice, was mind-blowing too! Priced at £10.50, the green curry was spicy and aromatic, and the chicken was soft and full of flavour. The taste was exceptional.
It was a very enjoyable and delectable meal. Food was really authentic and by far the best Thai restaurant that we have been to in the UK. Other than the Swansea restaurant, they also have another outlet in Cowbridge Road in Cardiff. We would highly recommend anyone in Cardiff and Swansea to visit Bangkok Café. More information can be found on their website here.
46 The Kingsway
Swansea SA1 5HG