I've always loved this chain, and have been getting cravings after coming back from Thailand! Annoyingly though I discovered yesterday that my hol has also tipped off my tastebuds that it's not quite authentic (or maybe things are just tastier and fresher when you're on hols... by the sea... under the stars... ahem back to reality!).
Anyhoo whilst I may dream of 99p pad thai from an old lady wheeling a cart - this place does a pretty tasty job imho. The pad thai is my staple with good reason, though I would love it with some of the traditional dried chillies to sprinkle over the top (could have just a bit more kick).
I've come here with friends and also on a couple of dates, as the dim lighting, black and gold decor and smooth wooden furniture give it quite an intimate feel, plus it's far enough from the main mall that you can forget it's part of a shopping centre. Nice views of the Olympic stadium from this branch too.
Don't miss the ginger honey tea (free biscuits!) and beware the long trek (up the stairs) to the loo. I'll be back for another dose pretty soon I'm sure!
Adequate; but not really authentic Thai. Red Curry was 'ok' but not really hot (spicy) enough. Prices for mains are reasonable, but £3.30 for a really small glass of Lassi is a total rip off. No tap water offered. Overall, a reasonable chain experience.
We ordered a couple of starters (chicken satay and crispy squid) and two mains (pad thai and a grilled sirloin dish), plus a bottle of wine. All very very tasty, but all were very poorly executed. The hot food was barely warm and the steak, ordered rare, came the wrong side of well done.
Our waitress asked us if we were enjoying our meal, and we explained why we were not. She was very apologetic and offered to warm up the food (!) but given the steak was already overcooked we were reticient to render the food worse than it already was.
The manageress offered us some hot tea as the food was cold, which was most surprising as we were drinking a bottle of chilled white wine (which was, incidentally, very nice and reasonably priced).
The bill was delivered with no discount applied to take into account the problems we had had.
To summarise flavours and breadth of menu were excellent. The execution of the food was very disappointing and the service, whilst friendly enough, was lacking in speed and relevance. I would not return until I was convinced the operational problems had been ironed out.
i love this place!!!! worth going for the calamari alone!!!!! best thai in town!
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