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Looking for the best places to eat in London? Thai food is one of the best in London. Lemongrass, coconut and kaffir leaves are just some of the ingredients used in Thai recipes to create the mouthwatering dishes of Thailand. But an expensive ticket to Bangkok doesn’t have to be the only way to taste the delights of this South-East Asian cuisine. Our great city is filled with amazing Thai restaurants serving up food that BKK locals would be jealous of. Interested? Read on…
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Belgravia / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
This restaurant has enhanced the diner experience with a feng shui interior, making me realise their attention to detail will follow through to the food. This upmarket restaurant - located a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace, if one were allowed to do such a thing - serves up some of the best Thai food in the city. My must-try dish has to be the gilled sea bass fillet wrapped in banana leaves with lime and tamarind; divine is an understatement.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
som saa is housed in a former fabric warehouse close to Spitalfields Market and specialises in regional Thai dishes with uncompromising flavours. The chefs have created a menu of lesser-known Thai dishes which make use of seasonal British produce together with the finest quality Asian ingredients, offering a daily changing 'chefs selection' as well as larger sharing dishes. There is also a dedicated bar serving Thai 'drinking foods' and cocktails made from fresh and Thai-inspired ingredients.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
Located in the busy shopping area of St Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden, Suda Thai offers great, sharing options for groups looking for flavoursome, classic Thai dishes. Fish cakes, Pad Thai, curries are all present along with signature dishes like gai yang, which is a grilled marinated chicken with their homemade recipes. Their drinks list have a touch of the orient with items like mango and papaya drop and watermelon martini. They also offer well-priced theatre menus for those looking for speedy service prior to heading off to a show.
Paddington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
The award-winning restaurant Nipa Thai is situated on the first floor of the mid-century icon Lancaster London. Offering unrivalled views across Hyde Park, the restaurant has received the prestigious Thai Select award from the Thai Government for its authentic cuisine. Each of the dishes is prepared according to traditional recipes. Main course dishes include specialities such as Pla Nueng Ma Nao (Steamed sea bass in a garlic, lemongrass, lime leaf and chilli broth), as well as a wide selection of Thai salads, pan-fried dishes and red or green Thai curries.
Rosa's Thai Cafe
Chelsea / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
Setting up shop in a Grade-II listed building on Fulham Road, husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore have introduced SW10 to their winning combination of authentic, home-cooked, comforting Thai food including a range of dishes and the group's first cocktail offering, inspired by Saiphin's travels across Asia. A first for Rosa's is the arrival of a dedicated cocktail bar serving inspired exotic fruit and spiced blends at fantastic value (from £7.50) including the Thai coffee cocktail, or the ginger and pomelo leaf martini.
Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
For modern Thai food served up in a contemporary setting, Patara is an excellent choice. I always find the service good, the atmosphere pleasant and the food very satisfying. Nothing flashy, but fulfilling in a non-complicated way. A good option for a romantic meal too.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
Like the name suggests: eat Thai! This casual no-fuss dining eatery is one of the best places for it. Serving up single-course meals, Busaba is always brimming with people. While communal tables dominate, I prefer sitting by the window for a great people watching session, before tucking into my favourite dish: Red Mullet Jungle Curry. But no matter what I order, I always wash it down with a Koh Samui - which is a delicious blend of coconut, carrot and orange.
Borough & Southwark / Restaurant / Cuisine: Thai
Thai Silk restaurant, bar and karaoke venue near Waterloo is decorated with gold Buddhas, authentic Thai wall art, and an eye-catching Hong (celestial swan). The traditional yet innovative menu combines fresh ingredients and first class cooking techniques. Signature dishes include Panaeng Gae (Massaman curry with lamb shank); Kaeng Kiew Wahn Neua (Traditional green curry with beef); and Kao Phad Subpraround (Pineapple fried rice). Around 80% of the native Thai ingredients are shipped directly from Thailand.
The Churchill Arms
Kensington / Bar / Cuisine: Thai
Curry after a few beers is like butter on hot toast; they just go together. Substitute vindaloo for a green chicken curry instead, though, and the Churchill Arms is ideal. To be fair, a pub serving Thai food didn't inspire me much initially. But trust me, I was proved wrong. The food is really good. The interior is quirky and kitsch and the serving sizes are generous. Best of all is that all the dishes only cost £6.50 so it won't hurt the bank balance too much either.
The Pepper Tree
Clapham / Restaurant /
Canteen-styled eatery that's reasonably priced and generously portioned. Serving up crispy wantons and vegetable dim sum, as well as Tom Yum soups and Pad Thai, this menu has a slightly mixed Chinese-Thai flavour. But the atmosphere is great, the service fast, and the food tasty. In the summer, I always try and grab a table at the front for great views of Clapham Common as I tuck in.
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