London boasts a fantastic range of great Thai restaurants to suit every pocket. To make the right choice, look for the Thai select logo.
The thought of Thai food conjures up fragrant aromas of lemongrass, coriander, galangal, chilli, coconut cream and kaffir lime leaf. Those bold flavours paired with Thailand’s famous nam pla (fish sauce), fresh vegetables, succulent chicken, mouth-watering prawns or rich beef give you a true taste of Thailand. Thanks to fertile soil and ideal weather, Thailand is abundant in fresh ingredients, and recipes have been handed down through generations. Today, Thai food continues to grow in popularity, winning the hearts of discerning diners around the world, and especially in London. There are now approximately 15,000 Thai restaurants across the globe – how do you make sure you pick the right one?
Thai Select’s certification guarantees the authenticity of Thai restaurants and Thai food products that have been prepared with proper ingredients and spices in traditional Thai style. Wherever you travel, always look for the Thai Select stamp of approval to ensure delicious food in a great atmosphere with famous Thai hospitality – it’s not just a meal, it’s a journey into Thai culture.
Ten top London Thai restaurants
Imperial Wharf’s Blue Elephant
divides its menu into three sections – Thai cooking of the past, Thai cuisine of today and Thai kitchen of tomorrow. Dishes range from chicken soup to green curry and on to beef carpaccio with papaya salad.
The Busaba Eathai
chain is a modern interpretation of a Thai teak house – a casual eatery that offers dishes devised to feed diners with minimal fuss. Thai calamari with ginger and peppercorn is a favourite among regular diners and a spicy version of pad thai – sen chan pad thai – is also a winner.
Handily placed next door to Ravenscourt Park, Charm serves up regionally accented Thai food in a relaxed setting of chandeliers, artefacts and floral displays. Specialities include neck of lamb massaman peanut curry as well as tamarind sea bass.
Sleek & chic, Islington’s Isarn
is an attractive modern Thai restaurant with equally appealing service. The name comes from Isarn – the north-east region of Thailand, famous for its spicy cooking. Expect dishes from this area, including green papaya salad with grilled chicken.
Thai cuisine with added panache is on offer at Belgravia’s Mango Tree
. Foodie influences come from the four main areas of Thailand – rich and mild dishes from the north, spicy flavours from the east, milder dishes influenced by the Chinese cooking style in the central region, and hot and spicy food from the south.
looks out over Hyde Park and prides itself on its massaman curry. Full-flavours and delicate preparation make Nipa special, as well as its classy take on a traditional Thai interior within the Lancaster London.
A blend of fresh and traditional Thai flavours against an elegant and tranquil backdrop embodies the dining experience at Patara’s four branches. Specialist chefs source the freshest ingredients to create authentically different dishes such as grilled lobster tail and king scallop in red curry sauce and tender lamb shank in paneang red coconut curry.
Thai café and restaurant in Covent Garden describes itself as ‘chic and fresh’; bound by a balance of classic and modern Thai flavours and an exceptional choice of cocktails to match. Suda’s Thai-inspired contemporary restaurant is relaxed and suitable for allcomers. Tuck into gae yang ta krai (grilled lamb chop) or kao soi gai – a Chiang Mai style yellow curry noodle soup with chicken.
Thai Square now boasts 15 branches and each has its own speciality and a different menu. Favourites include massaman lamb, tamarind duck, and soft-shell crab yellow curry.
Thai street food is the order of the day at The Begging Bowl
in Peckham. Grilled suckling pig belly and red jungle curry with braised beef shin are among the popular dishes and there’s a great al fresco area for warm autumn evenings.
Win £150 at a top Thai
To celebrate London’s fantastic array of restaurants, Thai Select and Square Meal have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a £150 voucher at a top Thai restaurant. All you have to do is tell us which one of these ten great restaurants you would like to eat at and why. Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date is 30 November.