Addie's Thai is an Urban Legend; and for good reason too. They've been here since 1987, and are still going strong; not surprising, as they've perfected the art of serving Oriental fast food that places the sole priority of satisfying the eater's tastebuds first, way before everything else. It's all about the flavour; there are no corners cut here when it comes to tending to the tongue. The flavours are over-the-top, massively indulgent, satiating, animated in appearance, glutinous, and gluttonous; a real treat, leaving the mouth awash with pure satisfaction, with lips curled up at the side in sheer delight. When it boils down to it, 'Oriental delivery/takeaways' are a treat really, aren't they? You don't eat this type of food to get healthy, do you? You eat it because it tastes good; it tastes different; it's the opposite of boring isn't it? 'Boring' is boiling a pot of pasta and adding some ground beef to it to turn it into a Spaghetti Bolognese; 'fun' is picking up the phone after a few drinks and having a bit of a bubbly chinwag with the restauranteur, then setting the stop-watch before frantically scurrying around the house like the Tasmanian devil, trying to find some cash (with a fictitious elongated 30-min Countdown theme-tune building up in your head), or for the more sadistic of you, gleefully laying in wait until the order has been relayed, then reveling in the tremendous joy of hearing that ever-so-slight woefully sounding sigh as you connivingly state to the person on the other end of the line I'd like to pay by card please.; the cheap thrill you get and the goosebumps that cover your forearms when the front doorbell goes, it's here!!!; the ceremonial '2001 A Space Odyssey'-styled 'opening of the front door' to greet the spaceman who smells of traffic (who's already reaching out to hand you a big plastic bag filled with your steaming goodyness); the expectation of it all; the pulling of the dishes out one by one from of the bag and trying to figure out what is what and who's is who's; the lid-popping; the sniffing; the obligatory I didn't order this!? comment regardless of the whether or not it was what you ordered; the tucking-in, the munching-with-no-manners, the burping, the small-talk, the guzzling of the fizzy drink right at the end; the playing of 'kitchen-basketbal' with the kitchen bin and the empty containers; and then finally, the last act, the waddling over to the sofa and slumping down in it like a Walrus auditioning for a part in the 'Royle Family'.
There's a whole culture involved isn't there? It's an operatic act starting right from the second you pick up the phone. And with Addie's Thai, you are not just 'ordering a takeaway', you are buying a ticket or two for this Oriental opera, that will provide you with the classic takeaway/delivery experience, from start to finish.
As soon as the call is answered, you are greeted by the ever-chirpy, effusively attentive, heart-warmingly friendly host, a lady who's name I have forgotten, who, regardless of the weather, will cheer you up no-end, and by the second call, will know your first name and your favourite dishes off by heart. Slightly lascivious in nature, if you are male, do not be put off by what may seem like flirtatious behaviour; it all adds to the Addie's experience. This is the time to practice some sexual innuendo jokes, or any joke for that matter. The phone-calling here reminds me of communicating with male Air Stewards on British Airways flights; it's got that similar sort of tongue-in-cheek Carry-on style of tone to it. And when the food arrives, you will have no trouble whatsoever with their extremely efficient, polite, methodical delivery staff; have no fear, there won't be any Hey, how's it going geezer?! Did ya watch tha footy?! small-talk here, nor any off-putting 'huffs and puffs' from peeved-off drivers, as the Addie's delivery crew are like commandos, straight in, straight out, hi and bye is all you get (if that), and that's it. For the more frugal of you out there, rest assured, you will not encounter any 'Oxfam eyes' from the driver, as the passing-over of the food is complete, but I always tip anyway, so personal preference is key here. The food is gorgeous. I quickly became an Addie's addict circa 2006/2007, when I was living in an apartment block in South Kensington, and had the good fortune of coming across one of their menus they had left on the counter of the reception down in the lobby. The rest is history. I was ordering at least three times a week from them, and quickly became a regular Alas, I am no longer an addict now, as I went into re-hab (moved 'north of the park'), and as they don't deliver too far from their base-camp, their food is something I will not have the pleasure of experiencing any time soon.
Phad Thai: 'Alice in Wonderland'-styled appearance of this staple Thai dish, with whopping chunks of all the ingredients crammed into the container, with the lid literally bursting
The food was pretty good, the only thing I didn't like was rushing. I know its a small place and they want as many customers as they can get but they did everything very fast. They came take order as soon as I opened menu, they took my glass as soon as I finish my drink, they bring my bill even when I was still eating. Like I said the food was very good and came very fast so if you don't mind being rush go for it :)
Fun to get back here on a visit to London. Great food and friendly people. Always busy, but always fast and efficient to match.
Addie's is an excellent value Thai restaurant, slightly away from the main drag of Earl's Court Road, towards Kensington.
The food is authentic and well prepared, and service is both efficient and friendly. Although the only Thai eaterie in the area, it nevertheless provides very good value (around £15-20 a head, including beverages). The interior is decorated in warm, pleasing tones, giving it a very cosy ambience.
The only gripe I have is that their vegetarian selection is (in common with many Thai restaurants) rather limited, although fish enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice. It's worth trying to book ahead if you can, as they are always very busy, and packed at week-ends.
Another excellent meal, and two courses with three bottles of wine between 4 of us came to just under £25 each, including service. They will now do tofu veggie versions of many of the main courses - just ask. Booking now seems essential even on a Monday.
Never been to Addies? You have never had Thai! Simple.
Amazing decor, very friendly service and the Amazing decoris to die for. Full of flavours that are exquisitely presented
We went to 100% Design at Earls Court yesterday and so had the opportunity to go back to my old stomping ground with friends.
Addie's looks very odd from the outside and based on this first impression you might choose not to go there BUT you'd be missing out!
The place is always filled with Thai people, which should give you some indication how good the food is... it's mouthwateringly delicious!
In contrast to the outside, the atmosphere inside is friendly, the menu comprehensive and the service excellent.
Whether you're a local or are just visiting the area, Addie's comes with a five-star rating in my book!
I've only ever been to Addies one time last July, and I've been wanting to head back ever since.
If you want authentic Thai food, you have to try Addies! The restaurant was packed when we arrived, and we had to wait a bit, even though we had placed reservations.
I cannot fully recall what we ordered, since we were a large group, but I remember the dishes were truly tasty and memorable. Our Thai friend had recommended the place, and she ordered most of the dishes. You'll find that many Thai and Chinese people frequent this place.. so if you wish to sink your teeth into genuine Thai food without leaving the country, Addies is the place to go.
Prices and portions are very reasonable. We paid under £20 per head the last time we were there, and this included drinks, starters, main courses and we were completely full by the time we rolled out of the restaurant.
absolutely fantastic thai restaurant
food, service, setting, price
Glad it's small and unknown : keep it secret!
I learnt about Addie's from people who generally don't ever go to Earl's Court. Yes, it's got a reputation that has spread far and wide. I've only been here twice so far as I don't live in the area (the most recent visit being this week), but it's well worth a visit, and is a great stop on your way back in if you've decided to drive out somewhere outside of London.
Anyway, let's get down to the restaurant itself. Addie's has got great decor but is rather small. Hence, if you're able to book, you should. Staff well, I think 90% of them are incredibly friendly, while there was one who seemed a bit surly and abrupt while taking our order, saying And then? in a rather sharp tone after every item we ordered. Still, the rest of the staff were friendly and smile-y so it wasn't enough to put us off.
The food was absolutely divine. I'd gone for the pork neck in tamarind sauce as a side dish and it was delicious. The sauce was very spicy though and almost killed me. My friend's masamman curry was not bad, but he said he'd had better elsewhere. The pad thai, which every Thai restaurant has to serve, was good, and looked very pretty with an egg lattice over the top. Be sure to mix in the chicken floss and crushed peanuts on the side before eating though. My friend didn't and missed out on the crunchy, savoury extras.
Our bill wasn't too bad. Came up to £22 each including a drink and service for quite a fair bit of food.
This restaurant is always busy. Make sure you book in advance. The food is good. However the service is a bit of a shame. Otherwise everything else is great in this restaurant.
This has been my local Thai restaurant for some time now; I love it. It is informal, consistently delicious, with good service and relaxed atmosphere. The cuisine is authentic but beware! when they say 'hot' they mean 'hot'.
Prices are very reasonable at around £7 for a main course and around £3 or £4 for starters.
I found Addie's based on Qype recommendations, and was not disappointed. I arrived on my own about 7.00pm on a Wed and was immediately seated. The restaurant was busy but did not feel crowded, the staff were efficient and I easily attracted their attention when needed.
Not being a Thai regular, I appreciated the descriptions in the menu and was able to order what I wanted.
The food was superb - what I imagine good Thai home cooking might taste like. I had prawns in spring rolls with a hot sauce as a starter, and a duck curry with plain rice as my main course. Both were as described on the menu. The curry in particular exceeded my expectations with a rich creamy sauce bursting onto my tongue with so many flavours - it was just a great experience.
Sometimes all it takes to be great is not to get anything wrong. Addies ticked all the boxes on service, atmosphere, price and especially quality of food, so all round this restaurant is a great find that i will be taking friends back to.
Worst service I have experienced ever!
I booked a table for 4, 2 of us arrived on time and have to wait for our other friends to arrive to be seated. We were sent downstairs to the supposely 'bar' with really loud music. Tried to talk to the waiters but they will turn around pretending they didn't see you!
Finally got the speak to one of them, he asked me to go upstairs MYSELF to talk to the manager. I went up, talked to one of the waiter, he question my time of arrival with a super arrogant attitude.
1)There's no point booking a table there because they still make you wait.
2)Incredible staff who can pretend they can't see you waving in front of them.
3)When I said I'm going to leave they just say, OK! and didn't even apologize!
The food here is amazing - a full range of thai style dishes including some which are very spicy (really Thai style). The best dishes for me are the grilled pork and the stir fry chilli with morning glory, and the mango sticky rice for dessert, but everything I have tried has been very nice! I have been to alot of Thai restaurants in London but I think this is the best!
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