We spend a lot of time in New Glasgow. Both Drew and I have family there, so at least once a month we find ourselves working, eating and relaxing in the area. Like the rest of the province, New Glasgow’s culinary options are growing at a rapid rate. We first took notice with The Bistro, a gourmet restaurant with a local seasonal menu and perfectly paired wines and cocktails. Since then, we’ve seen many new options offering a growing menu of ethnic and allergy-friendly foods.
On our most recent trip we visited Mamatsu, a newish Thai restaurant on Provost Street. I love Thai food, but I find it hard to find once we are outside of Halifax. I had heard good things but I was still a little skeptical. We are fortunate to have a lot of really great Thai food in the city and I have been fortunate to spend some time working in Hong Kong where the Thai was truly on another level.
The restaurant is small, clean, and well-lit with natural light from a number of large windows on the front side of the restaurant. The kitchen is along the back, and is open enough to get a good glimpse at meal prep but not so much that you feel like you are right there in the kitchen with the cooks. There are only a few tables, enough to seat around 20 people at a time.
We went mid afternoon on the advice that lunchtime can get crazy. Even then, about half the tables were filled. We sat down and were quickly served. Drew and I opted to each get a different curry and share, while Drew’s mom opted for Thai lettuce wraps.
I ordered the red and Drew got the green, but we ended up switching after a few bites. I found that both were not as spicy as I am used to but they still both had a really nice flavour with simple contents of red and green peppers and thinly sliced chicken. One thing I didn’t like was the presentation – it looked great on the plate but I am a big fan of a separate bowl for curry, a personal preference.
All in all the meal was healthy, affordable and tasted really good. The portions are large and the menu is reasonably priced between $7.99 to $13.99. They have a very edited menu, about 14 items, but it includes the standard curries and some unique items like infinity noodles and their own homemade chili sauce. It is a great place to get a healthy (allergy friendly) meal in New Glasgow!
205 Provost street
New Glasgow, NS