Posts Tagged “Thai”

Thai Square Fulham – restaurant review

Thai Square Fulham – restaurant review

Yes, dear reader, this is a chain restaurant and I make no apologies for reviewing a Thai Square. Why do chains become chains? Because they become popular. And why are they popular? Because they’re good. Thai Square has been around for a few years now and they have not dropped their standards one bit. The…

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Patara – Berners Street

Patara – Berners Street

Thai in Central London Oxford Street is one of London’s retail arteries. It’s a ribbon of fashion outlets from the celebrated and well-established Selfridges to a flourishing number of stalls selling trashy T-shirts and even more dubious souvenirs. The world of both good and bad taste can be your oyster. So you have perhaps enjoyed…

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Mango Tree for Regional Thai Cuisine

Mango Tree for Regional Thai Cuisine

The Mango Tree Thai restaurant is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. A stone’s throw in this case isn’t estate agent speak for a couple of miles away. The Palace’s garden wall is just across the road and literally a stone’s throw away, although to do such a thing might likely result in the cartographic…

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Patara Thai Restaurant Knightsbridge

Patara Thai Restaurant Knightsbridge

There are few restaurants in Knightsbridge that don’t exude some kind of classy charm. It’s that kind of area. High-end residents and visitors looking for food to match. Beauchamp Place is lined with good (and the occasional not-so-good) restaurants. It’s just around the corner from the celebrated Harrods so there are discerning diners aplenty and…

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Piya Piya – Thai Restaurant

Piya Piya – Thai Restaurant

Just yards from Old Street Station, Piya Piya is best known as the haunt of late-night city sorts. Its location has made it popular for groups who appreciate the evident skill of the barmen, who have a repertoire of exotic cocktails. You know, dear reader, that this reviewer is a bit long in the tooth…

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Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, Blue Elephant

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, Blue Elephant

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé is petite, attractive and vibrant. She grew up in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province, has a shy manner and says she finds it difficult to sing her own praises: she explains that it’s part of Thai culture to be modest. But don’t let that quiet manner fool you – Chef Nooror is the…

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Blue Elephant for Sunday Brunch

Blue Elephant for Sunday Brunch

[This venue is now closed] Imperial Wharf sounds smart and indeed it is. It was for centuries a working-class area with poor housing. My mother’s family lived just a short walk from the new complex and my uncles learnt to swim in the Thames. Things have changed and it’s doubtful that youngsters will be diving…

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Blue Elephant for Dinner

Blue Elephant for Dinner

(This restaurant is now closed) Until a short time ago I confess that I had no idea where Imperial Wharf could possibly be, but I had the notion that it was a long way from anywhere convenient. In fact it’s London’s undiscovered playground with outstanding transport connections. It’s just one stop on the train from…

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Modern Thai Food review

Modern Thai Food review

Modern Thai Food is a large-format volume with some of the most stunning food photography I have ever seen. Jeremy Simons takes advantage of full pages to present the most exquisite close-ups. A simple Ginger Martini is beautiful in its organic whiteness, and the Egg Net Rolls with Pork and Shrimp bursts with colour and…

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Thai Square – Richmond

Thai Square – Richmond

Richmond is that leafy and rather posh terminus of the District Line. It’s got swanky river frontage, historic buildings and The Green skirted by homes of the rich and famous. A good location for some decent restaurants catering for the discerning high-end palate. The latest addition to the Thai Square group has arrived on the…

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Mango Tree for Sunday Lunch

Mango Tree for Sunday Lunch

It’s been decades since a Sunday lunch just meant a huge roast with all the trimmings. We have travelled and our tastes are much broader. Some things remain the same though, at least for me. Good company and the Sunday lunch music with which I grew up. It’s family time. We gather a group of…

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Thai Bible

Thai Bible

A few years ago Thai restaurants were rare but that’s changed, and some lucky folks even get to have holidays in Thailand. They return home and search for those exotic and evocative tastes of Bangkok. Whilst it’s true that one can find some authentic dishes in those aforementioned restaurants, one can’t eat out very often…

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ORA Thai Food and Jazz

ORA Thai Food and Jazz

There is a world of tranquillity just behind the buzz and throng of Oxford Street. That celebrated retail hub is a river of bag-burdened humanity even on a Sunday but there is a haven awaiting the savvy shopper just a few yards away. Thai restaurant ORA could easily be overlooked and that would be a…

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Mango Tree Thai Restaurant

Mango Tree Thai Restaurant

The Mango Tree Thai restaurant is a Belgravia institution and it’s been that way since 2001. It’s part of the Asian company ‘Coca’. The Mango Tree became their flagship Thai restaurant in Europe and has won numerous awards, and your first visit will show you the reason for those gongs and plaudits. The restaurant has…

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Vatch’s Thai Street Food

Vatch’s Thai Street Food

Vatch’s Thai Street Food is a lovely large-format volume with brilliant food and travelogue photography by Martin Brigdale and Somachi Phongphaisarnkit. Vatch is in fact Vatcharin Bhumichitr who is probably the most celebrated Thai chef in the UK. He has been cooking and running restaurants in Britain since 1976. Thailand has a vibrant and active…

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Busaba – Eathai – Panton Street

Busaba – Eathai – Panton Street

Busaba – Eathai. Yes it’s a chain of restaurants but it’s a small one. It carries none of the trappings of typical mid-range chain restaurants but rather each of its establishments has the air of a well-loved, well-designed, one-off traditional Thai restaurant. I found the newest addition to the portfolio on Panton Street in London’s…

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Nipa Thai Restaurant

Nipa Thai Restaurant

A couple of decades ago a Thai restaurant was rare. It’s the advent of cheaper long-haul flights and more adventurous eating habits that has allowed this exciting and vibrant cuisine a foothold in London. Its flavours combine the whole available spectrum from sweet to spicy and everything in between. There are good Thai restaurants all…

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Thailand – A World of Flavours

Thailand – A World of Flavours

The author of Thailand – A World of Flavours is Christine Watson. The name doesn’t sound very Thai or even Asian but, in fact, Christine grew up in South-East Asia and so has been well placed to select dishes from Thailand that are certainly authentic but are also appealing to the western palate. Christine trained…

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Thai Street Food

Thai Street Food

Street food is comfort. We in the UK might be drawn to the smell of fried onions wafting from a burger cart outside the local DIY store. Americans will think of potato knishes and hot Italian sausages with sweet peppers, and Thailand has enough street food to fill a book the size of the car…

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Travels with Thai Food

Travels with Thai Food

A journey with Spirit House It all sounds rather mystical. A journey with Spirit House conjures visions of idyllic retreats for the world-weary, guiding a path to something enlightening and memorable. Well, that’s probably a fair estimation of what this particular Spirit House is all about, but it’s the spirit of Thai food which is…

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