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  • 5.0 star rating
    19/2/2012

    ***** FIVE STAR THAI FOOD IN LONDON *****

    I've been wanting to go here for so long! Today I finally made the long trek to Hammersmith. It was the most excited I'd been about a restaurant for ages, I even skipped breakfast this morning (rare)!

    Here's what we ordered (for 2):
    - Som Tum Pu (Papaya Salad with Salted Crab)
    - Isaan Sausage
    - Garlic Frogs Legs
    - Thai Fried Chicken
    - Sticky Rice

    We also had a Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea and Singha. The Thai iced tea and coffee was perfect, the best versions of either I've tried in London. The Som Tum Pu was really, really good but could have been spicier. The Isaan Sausage was perfect, definitely the star dish! YOU NEED TO ORDER IT! I have really missed it since having it in Thailand and it was as delicious here I remember. The Garlic Frogs Legs were a bit fiddly but well cooked and tasty. The Thai Fried Chicken was incredible, in my opinion another must-order dish. The sticky rice was perfectly cooked and served traditionally in a small basket.

    I really recommend being adventurous with your ordering here and not only ordering things you can get at other Thai restaurants in London, you definitely won't be disappointed and will most likely be blown away by the complexity and deliciousness of the flavours.

    The service was brilliant, the waitresses are really, really lovely and we chatted to one of the ladies working there at the end, who was keen to know if we'd enjoyed the food. She told us more and more customers are giving the Isaan dishes a go, but not always "coping" with what they got! But that they were slowly but surely managing to turn peoples orders from Green Curry and Pad Thai to Som Tum, which they said was proving very popular. This can only be a good thing! We also talked a lot about Thailand and she told us she was from Hat Yai in Southern Thailand. On their website it says their chef and co-owner is from Hat Yai and cooks many Southern dishes! I wish I'd known this before and next time I go (please soon), I will definitely be giving some of the Southern Thai dishes a go.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/1/2010
    10 check-ins First to Review

    Thais like their streetfood to be spicy and fishy and nowhere in Thailand is more famous for this than the northeast region called Isaan. Roy Et is one area of Isaan and also translates as 101 - so the name tells the tale.

    The shockingly pink but amazing 101 Thai Kitchen is a specialist in Isaan food - spicy, authentic and adventurous at every turn. Scorching laaps, papaya salads drenched in fermented fish sauce, fried frogs, nuclear nam priks and hot sour soups that are deliciously caustic.

    But wait... one other area of Thailand claims even spicier, fishier dishes... The Deep South. Well, 101 has you covered here too as its co-owner hails from here and their food is well-represented too. This is the land of the fabled spicy fish guts curry - Gaeng Tai Pla - the hottest dish in Thailand. Do you dare?

    One look at 101's menu convinced me to move to King Street and I'm glad now to call this my local. It may cost a bit more than at my neighbourhood Bangkok market but the same exotic and daring streetfood is here for me in London served by lovely Thais in pink and yellow -the king's lucky colours.

    For me and the hundreds of Thais I see flocking here, this is easily the best Thai eatery in London, if not Europe. Secret is out!!

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    As they say on their website:
    "We try our best to make our food as authentic as possible, some dishes may be very spicy, strong taste, pungent or even strange."

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/9/2012
    1 check-in

    Yummy and oh so spicy...
    Takes me more than an hour to get there but its worth the trip

    salivating.....

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/5/2012

    Food was tasty, place is an absolute dive.  I always wonder why people accept levels of cleanliness from "ethnic" restaurants which fall far below the standard expected of chains or western places?

    Anyhow -- as at 99% of Thai places the meat was all pre-cooked which left it dry as shit after being reheated in the wok.  Pad thai was quite good, the deep fried aubergine was fantastic, and the thai curry sauce was very nice HOWEVER the meat was really gross.  I suppose if I ate vegetarian there I may enjoy it more, but seeing as the main component of each dish was meat its sort of a bummer.

    All that said, I would have given 4 stars as I exited the restaurant, but an hour later I feel absolutely nauseous, as does my wife.  I am willing to go back, but would only eat things recommended by bloggers, etc., and not just get standard thai fair.

    Service was sweet, albeit slow and sort of absent minded.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/3/2011
    3 check-ins

    Following Tom E.'s sage advice/yelp review, my lad and I ventured to 101 Thai Kitchen in search of authentic and tasty cuisine. While our first visit left a bit to be desired(i think we just ordered to far off the beaten path for comfort), our second visit was fantastic.  

    Authentic, fishy, spicy, glorious food.

    and roselle juice. and coconut rice. and quiet nun aubergines.

    just go and try something new. i suggest a papaya salad.

    • Qype User contes…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 42 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    24/11/2009

    This place is such a let down...have visited a couple of times and had take away a couple of times and even given it several chances to redeem itself but it always lets itself down with the casual almost detached manner it treats it's customers....

    I think it's family owned and run and believe it or not in this case it's a bad thing as they seem far more interested in talking to each other other very loudly in Thai than taking care of business....I once waited over 30 mins for a takeaway only to be told they had forgotten and it would be another 20. Another time.....it took 25 mins for a portion of Som Tum and Pad Thai and the place was empty.

    They have thai pop music blaring really loudly with that awful continous disco beat in the background thudding away or the tv on so loud you can't hear yourself speak....

    I adore Thai food, Thailand and Thai people and spend a lot of time over there, my sister in law is Thai, my nephews half Thai so it pains me to say this but this place is worth a miss...or they need to think less about yelling at each other and more about their customers.....ouch...harsh but I promise you fair. Having said all that...the food when you do get it is quite ok...not great but not bad.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/11/2013

    I love this place.

    Good quality thai food without the hoo-ha of customer service. It is all about the food, and it doesn't disappoint.  The fish dishes are glorious.

    I no longer live in West London, but Thai 101 has become a bit of a ritual for my friends and I before we head to concerts/theatre shows in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush.

    • Qype User eatlov…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 60 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/5/2010

    As my friends live in Hammersmith, they were happy to join me here for dinner. There are few outward signs that this restaurant is special and my friend admitted that she had previously dismissed this casual canteen-like eatery because of its garish exterior. The interior is similarly lurid but the first thing that struck us when we arrived were the large number of Thai diners, which we took to be a good sign.

    As well as the usual Thai dishes, the restaurant specialises in the respective home cuisines of the co-owners of the restaurant, namely the Lao-influenced cuisine of the Isaan region and Muslim dishes from the south of the country. There's also a specials board mainly written in Thai with many of these dishes translated into English in the inside front cover of the menu. There were far too many interesting options and I found it difficult to narrow down my choices.

    From the wide selection of snacks and soups, I went for the poh tak soup (£4.25) to start. This is a cleaner alternative to the ubiquitous tom yum but no less tasty with generous amounts of seafood in a hot and sour broth. The soups are available as small or large with the latter being ample for three to four diners.

    My friends kicked off with 101 Ways to Heaven (£7.25), a selection of spring rolls, chicken satay, king prawns in pastry, prawn toast, chicken wings w/lemongrass and sweetcorn cakes. They thought these snacks were a tad generic and predictable. I think the soups and dishes like steamed mussels are a better option to start. Alternatively, you could always kick off by sharing one of the salads or grills.

    Onto the mains and the undoubted star was my sea bass 'sour curry' hot pot (£9.95)  a fried sea bass served with morning glory, water mimosa and radish in a hot and sour curry. This dish was presented in a fish shaped dish atop a mini cooker. Whilst the fish was fully cooked, the vegetables were cooked at the table absorbing the flavours of the curry. The addictive soup-like tamarind based curry was out of this world and everyone dived in for a taste during the meal.

    We didn't really share mains but I stepped into the breach when my friend needed a bit of help with her pepper crab (£8.95). The crab was cooked well and was tasty but if I was choosing, I might have gone for the garlic crab or curried crab instead. Other mains included a chicken panang curry (£6.25), which was rich and spicy and superior noodle dishes such as pad thai w/chicken (£6.25) and pad kee mow w/chicken (£6.50).

    We also ordered a few side dishes to share including the legendary Isaan sausages (£6.25). These were every bit as tasty as I hoped with a strong herby flavour. We also liked the screaming nun (£6.25)  battered aubergine with a spicy sauce. Whilst the batter was a tad indelicate, the sauce was very special with the liquorice notes from the Thai basil lifting it to another level. There's also a quiet nun that pairs up battered aubergine with red curry. I can't remember much about the pad pak boong (£6.25)  stir-fried morning glory but I guess this was fine too. This just about finished us off and we had no room for desserts.

    If I was being ultra critical, I could moan about the tiny wine glasses and the time it took for the coconut rice to arrive. However in mitigation, this isn't really a place for wine buffs and they didn't charge for the late arriving rice. In fact the service was pretty good considering it was a busy Saturday night. A special mention goes to our particularly charming and engaging waitress.

    Our bill came to £120 including a couple of bottles of Aussie Chardonnay, a beer and a tip. It was a bargain and I think you'd struggle to spend more than £25/head given that the most expensive dish on the menu costs less than a tenner.

    Truly excellent !

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    • Qype User Briggs…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 19 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/9/2012

    I recently returned back from a fantastic 2 week holiday in Thailand so i feel i know the authentic food as well as i can. I have to say that the food we received at 101 was very authentic. They love their chilli in Thailand and 101 does not disappoint with its hot noodle salads, lovely big chunks of chilli, just how they served it in Ko Lanta and Bangkok. If your not into spicy food you can have a delicious creamy curry.
    This place doesnt disapoint and i live under a minute from it so lucky me!

    • Qype User Brad…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 18 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/6/2011

    If you get a chance to go here - do it.

    The food is excellent and quite different from your usual run of the mill Thai food.

    Go with lots of people too so you can try as much of the menu as possible - then all book to go again so you can try more from the menu.

    You will not be disappointed!

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/10/2012

    Excellent, low key yet high value place. The ambiance isn't anything to write home about, and the service doesn't care much, but the quality of the food is worth it- it's a great last minute, chilled out option for a great deal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/10/2010

    It was recommended by my Thai friend and went there with my another Thai friend. She said she loves everything over there and all dishes are so authentic. I am still thiking about their Tom Kha! Already booked again for this Friday again with my boy friend :) Trust me! You wont regret!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/11/2011

    Had dinner here on a recent business trip.  Food was good.  I would have related another star if they would have brought all my meal at the same time.  Ordered beef satay and pad thai.  They brought the satay beef right away and I picked at it waiting for the pad thai to show up.  After waiting about 20 minutes, I inquired where the pad thai was. They brought it out and it was yummy.  I guess next time I should tell them to bring everything out at the same time.

    • Qype User pingu8…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/10/2010

    It was recommended by my Thai friend and went there with my another Thai friend. She said she loves everything over there and all dishes are so authentic. I am still thiking about their Tom Kha! Already booked again for this Friday again with my boy friend :) Trust me! You wont regret!

    • Qype User MissFr…
    • Cologne, Germany
    • 7 friends
    • 38 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/9/2011

    I adore this place. I just recently moved to from London to Germany and craved 101 Thai so much that I had to schedule a weekend trip to London so I could eat here. That's how great the food is. The reason it falls short of a full 5* rating is that the service can sometimes be a little slow and forgetful but nonetheless it's an absolute gem. An authentic, honest canteen-style place that serves wonderful food that would make any Thai proud.
    Looking at the many Thais that dine at 101 alone should be a good enough indication of how authentic the food. My personal highlight of every visit to 101 Thai is the Fish Salad Laotian Style  imagine a Thai Beef Salad but with deep fried fish instead. It's an absolute explosion of flavours.
    What's also great is that they actual serve Asian drinks & desserts that you might not find at every bog standard Thai place. Try the longan drink or the durian & taro ice cream with sticky rice.
    I personally am hooked on this place and so are the 20 odd people I have introduced it to (of which most of them are of South-East Asian decent and mad about good food).

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/7/2011

    My husband and I take frequent trips from Cambridge to London, just to go to this Thai place, which is one of the best Thai places in the UK. Service is great; they were very accommodating.  When they gave me the papaya salad, they checked with me to make sure that it was the right level of spiciness. They took it back and added more chili peppers for me. How cool is?

    • Qype User thehon…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    13/9/2012

    Nice nice nice, but not as good as my favourite.

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