NEWLY opened in Trowbridge, Davana Thai offers tasty, authentic dishes that are great value for money and served by a friendly team.

Starving after a busy day of decorating a new house and fed up with all the Christmas food and left overs, we decided to try the new restaurant that opened a few months ago in the shop near the train station.

The welcome we received was very warm and the team clearly seemed happy to be there. The portions were so big that we were able to take one takeaway carton full of food home to enjoy for lunch the next day.

The no frills restaurant had a steady flow of people popping in and out to pick up takeaways and the phones were often ringing with extra orders.

Despite its basic décor it was clean and welcoming, with both staff keen to help and we sat at one of the free tables while we waited for our food.

It was quite late into the evening, so we sat quite happily people watching everyone going in and out of the train station, although it did feel a bit like everyone could watch us too with just one pane of glass between us and the busy street.

Less than 10 minutes had gone by before our starters were presented and we shared spring rolls (£5) and butterfly prawns (£6.50) served with sweet and spicy dipping sauces.

We shared both and agreed that we would definitely order them again in the future.

They were piping hot and crunchy. Portions sizes were big and they felt like good value for money.

Shortly after we were served two mains, the pad Thai noodles with prawn and chicken (£10.50) and the Singapore noodles (£10.50)

The portions were huge and full of flavour.

Neither dishes were very spicy but still had plenty of flavour.

With big noodles dishes there is a possibility that the flavours can become a bit samey, and when we had eaten similar dishes before for takeaways or in other restaurants this has sometimes been the case.

But here there was plenty going on in each mouthful to be interesting enough for us to not care we could be seen stuffing our faces to anyone walking by.

The more we ate the more we agreed that a return would be made to the restaurant to try a range of the other dishes which include a wide variety of Thai offerings.

The express service meant that we were in and out within an hour and although not a long romantic dinner, we left satisfied and full from the quick meal that was full of flavour.

Several lunch offers are available which I think it would be ideal for busy workers who want to have a filling meal on the go.

It is also in a great location for commuters and anyone eating a pot of their noodles on the train home for their tea is sure to make the rest of the carriage jealous.

I think it is also good value for money because we took the food we couldn’t finish home to eat as leftovers the next day, so got even more bang for our buck. The total came to £37.48 and included two starters, two mains and two soft drinks.