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Thai on the River (Bar, Restaurant)

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Groveside Court, 2 Lombard Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3RQ
Cuisine: Thai Average Price: £35.00
Tel: 020 7924 6090 | Email to Thai on the River | Transport: Fulham Broadway | Write review

Thai on the River Review

It was seven when we arrived. By the time we were finished, or by the time we took a break from eating and drinking and looked around: the place was empty and it was eleven. No, I wasn’t in that infamous American convenient store: I was in a spicy scrumptious heaven, Thai heaven, tiger-weeping high heaven.

I’ve been to Thailand, and I’ve been to Battersea before. They have nothing in common, and you wouldn’t have thought that the mix would result in the form of a serene, exotic and luscious restaurant. Well, you thought wrong, this is exactly what Thai on the River prescribed. Chan-suung is loosely translated from Thai as meaning high-class, or of a fine disposition: this is the closest word I’ve found to describe Thai on the River (how fitting for it to be in Thai). The decor is a mix between spiritual and chan-suung fusion, the staff are extremely sweet, silent and shuffle-y (always at your side) and the food is simply celestial.

What hits you first is how quiet the place is. Not because it’s empty, but because it is so serene, albeit slightly secluded, it emanates a very (dare I say it) groovy atmosphere. There are Thai lounging chairs on the porch-seating area as well as inside, the sofas where we waited to be seated were divine, basically, the place is smooth.

Hoi Chell Neung, Chub Pang Tod, Tom Ka Gai, Plar Goong, Plaa Neung Girm Buey and Siron Hai. I haven’t gone mad, these are just the names of the dishes we had, along with Satay-Chicken, Tom-Yum Soup and Fragrant Jasmine Rice. I believe the last three are more self-explanatory than the rest, but it’s pretty easy to get lost around the menu as the English descriptions on the menu are even more poetic than the Thai names (for example, the steak dish is served “weeping tiger style”).

So, if you start with these recommendations you may not have to waste time to enjoy your evening, although I managed to spend a whole four, although extremely enjoyable, precious hours there! I practically ate half the food in the restaurant, so the list above is not only specially chosen it also ranges from seafood to vegetables, to sirloin steak. If my sweat, blood and effort has not been enough for you- the menu also has cute chilli, nuts and vegetarian icons to guide you.

They also offer a SPICE UP YOUR TASTEBUDS SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET... I never thought I would ever think of heaven as plain.
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Rebecca Gabbai

Customer Reviews for Thai on the River

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Excellent food! Tried the restaurant for lunch and they had two courses for £7.50. Great Thai food and the service was lovely - very sweet waitress whose English wasn't the best, but we forgave her!”
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Jonny, London (4 years 7 months 26 days ago)

“I DID like this place. But on Saturday my partner and I took his mother for what we expected would be a fantastic evening. We know the food and the venue are great - we've eaten here many times. BUT........... we booked for 8pm and arrived on time. at 8.10 - despite every table on the patio being empty, we were still not seated. We asked why and were told our table was being laid. We waited some more, and then when we complained that we were STILL waiting we were told that our table was the one -- the ONLY one -- looking out the side of the restaurant on to the road. The waitress was rude and surly, she clearly didn't have the time to use good manners and we eventually walked out, our evening ruined. My advice -- avoid this place despite the great venue and the good food... because the staff are clearly not interested in keeping good customers. I certainly won't be returning. ”
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TimR, London (8 years 13 days ago)

“A top dinnign secret in a secluded location with stunning riverside view. True thai food with modern wine bar in battersea village. You need to visit to taste the experience.”
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Stephanie, London (9 years 2 months 19 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Thai
  • Average Price: £35.00

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