The Thai Café in Stornoway has been rewarded after being highly commended in the 2012 Tiffin Cup. Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus B MacNeil presented Panida Macdonald, owner of the Thai Café, with a certificate and chef’s jacket to mark the occasion.
The Tiffin Cup is an annual event organised by a cross-party group of Members of Parliament known as the Tiffin Club, aiming to find the best South Asian restaurant in the UK. Each MP is invited to nominate one restaurant from their constituency who then battles it out with the best of the best to come out on top.
The Thai Café has been serving authentic Thai food in its restaurant and take-away for 13 years and has been featured in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide.
“I’d like to thank Angus MacNeil for recommending us. I didn’t expect it so it was really nice,” said Ms Macdonald.
“I went to the party at the House of Commons and got to meet Ainsleigh Harriott. It was the highlight of my night!”
The aim of the cup is not only to applaud the quality and diversity of South Asian food, but also to raise a significant amount for charity. The money raised this year will go to ‘World Vision’, a charity working to combat world poverty.
Angus MacNeil said: “I am delighted that the Thai Café has been recognised in this way. It is good to know that we have such quality establishments in the islands.
“On a wider note, clearly we can see, if only through out taste buds, how we all benefit from the mixing of humanity, cultures and foods.
“I wish the Thai Café further success in the years to come and hope it continues to serve many happy diners.”