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|Address:||183-187 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH|
|Tel:||020 7254 6751|
|Price: £31.00||Wine: £13.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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Set in a beautiful old house in the unlikely setting of Stoke Newington High Street, this restaurant instantly transports you from the grit of North London to a glamourous and calm world of Thai huts, water fountains and a long sleek bar. The cocktail menu was long and inventive, not cheap, but not West End prices (despite the West End decor). The food and service however, were both let downs. The starters of ‘golden balls’ (yes, really) consisted of chopped, seasoned chicken fried in a light batter with a sweet chilli dipping sauce and prawn spring rolls were good – light and crispy, but the mains were another story. There “award winning” Mussaman lamb curry “cooked for hours and served on the bone with pumpkin and potatoes” was a larg bowl of sweet sauce with one small wedge of pumpkin, two small pieces of potato and three tiny pieces of ‘lamb’ that were not on the bone and looked like they'd been chewed up and then regurgitated by the local moggy…but were still tough as old boot leather. The lightly fried chicken with a chilli coconut sauce had a good quality, tasty chicken breast but was ruined by the presence of the chilli coconut sauce which both looked and tasted exactly the same as the gloop that the lamb curry was swimming in. Overall, the menu was full of typical ‘British Thai’ food – the usual green and red curries and pad thai and the like, nothing new or different. The wine list was good and the wine arrived speedily, but I'm still waiting for the tap water that we had to ask for three times. This isn't a cheap local restaurant, but I fear that you're paying more for the decor than the food. Not a terrible restaurant, but I won't be going back in a hurry.