While this little cafe doesn't look like much from the outside it has great food and an awesome atmosphere. You can get authentic Thai good as well as delicious regular breakfast food.
Caff by day, Thai by night.
If you can stand the queue (or get in early enough) the food is really, really nice.
Ridiculously cheap Thai food in portions large enough to satisfy the greedier gourmand. Tucked round the back of Waterloo station we had starters (prawn tempura and beautiful tasting Thai fish cakes that were better than many I've had in far more salubrious establishments) and mains with soft drinks for less than £10 each. The only hiccup was that my friend was delivered what turned out to be someone else's dish by mistake, but they were very jolly about it and the food was still delicious (and he was happy enough with what they gave him not to point it out hiimself!). My chicken massaman curry was similarly rich, delicious and generously proportioned - will definitely go again whenever I'm in the area and in the mood for Thai!
Marie's is a Brit Cafe by Day and a Thai Restaurant by Night.
This is cheap cheap cheap food in a setting that matches -
a dingy and down and out place near Waterloo Station.
The street it is on is gentrifying quickly - which is not a good sign for cheap dingy cafes.
The food is fully adequate and gives good value for the money.
Fish cakes are tasty (but rubbery).
Various curries are served in small servings with a lot of rice -
but they taste good and they fill you up.
If you are saving your pennies and want to eat cheaply without eating in the train station - Marie's can take care of you.
Thai food definitely beats a cheap cornish pasty, or the standard train station baguettes.
Cutest little cafe in Southwark. The space is clean and welcoming, regardless of the size of your party. The staff is not much but all of them are friendly and add up to the homey feel of the place. As far as I've tried, the food is good, get the green curry and some prawns for a delightful lunch or dinner. Of course, you can't expect much from a 7-quid lunch but the food is what's rocking the rating up.
Now I see that there are no proper photos of the place so I might add some when I go back to Marie's; and I surelly will go back.
Very good Thai Food.
Cafe during the day and Thai in the evening.
I'll definitely be back.
Doesn't look much from the outside. Service is comical but friendly. Traditional London 'caff' by day, Thai restaurant by night. This place was so unlikely, I wanted to love it. But food just didn't deliver. The Tom Yum soup was one-dimensional and dense, and the Thai curry, average. Shame, but that's how it goes sometimes.
I went to Marie's Cafe with four friends. It was just what we needed for a chilly spring evening in London. Marie's is an unassuming place with some dishes that really rock.
To start we shared the vegetable spring rolls, the shrimp crackers, the tempura battered prawns, the chicken dim sum and also tried one of their soups, I forget the name, maybe the tom kha hed. The appetizers were alright but not the best dishes at the place. The soup we all agreed was too lemony and salty.
For mains we ordered the prawn panang curry, the basil chili fish, the green curry beef and pad thai. Wow, the panang curry was really really yummy. The sauce was rich and thick and had the perfect spice kick to it. We had to reorder to satiate our taste buds. I also really enjoyed the basil chili fish. I had been craving a crispy fish dish and this just did the trick. They really knew how to work the flavours of the sauce with the crispy texture. The green curry beef I was not a fan of. The beef was too tough and the curry sauce was a bit watery. The pad thai was quite good.
Marie's is definitely worth checking out. I personally will be coming back here frequently for the panang curry, pad thai and basil chilli fish... it will be feasible because the prices are also very low ; )
Crazy little place in a crazy little street near Waterloo station. I mistakenly too Yelps advice and tried to use this internet in this place but they don't have it.
Still I needed a quick coffee and cheese roll so this place fitted the bill.
Lady who served me was very nice and helpful so will try a Thai meal there at some point.(soon)
I don't know why the category for this place is Coffee and Tea, because I don't think I have EVER had coffee or Tea here. This place is a Greasy spoon THAI FOOD place!
It's delcious and I am pretty sure that Thai people don't understand the word health, b/c there is NOTHING healthy on the menu. But if I am paying £4.50 for a HUGE PLATE of food, there is a good chance it isn't going to have a lot of fresh vegetables on it. (Maybe a potato)
I would have to say my favorite thing on the menu is their Phad See Yu. Fat noodles = Fat Happy Suzanne.
I've just had my lunch here, and I've been meaning to try it for a while now. I like it. It's a speedy little place, which never really bodes well for fine dining. But this isn't fine dining. It's greasy spoon goodness. Hurrah.
Not just greasy spoon stuff though, Thai food as well. The sausages and bacon looked good, but I plumped for Thai. I can't deny that you get what you pay for, so £4.00 isn't going to go very far. But you get a tasty and filling meal and go on your way. And you get it quickly too.
I like it here, there's a charm about the place, and the waitresses are friendly, despite being very speedy in their service. It's simple, it's quick and easy and it's on Lower Marsh, one of the most charming streets in the area.
Come here, eat cheap food, leave a fiver lightly with a big full-up smile.
I last tried this place about five years ago but didn't have a good experience.
At that time I had an English breakfast whose beans were overcooked (mushy and congealed) and whose sausages were hard and needed sawing through. I was a bit bewildered a year or two ago to see it listed in something like London's Best Cafés or The Best 50 Cafés in Britain.
In view of today's other reviews, I decided to give it another go. So today I again had their English breakfast, and this time it was a whole lot better. I had their no. 7 breakfast: sausage, two bacon, two fried eggs, black pudding, two slices of bread and a mug of tea. Pretty well all of it was quite competently done (the tea was slightly stewed but drinkable). I was pleased that they got the black pudding right as so often it's overcooked and dry.
The clientele seems to be a mixture of Guardian readers, building workers and office workers (though these categories can of course overlap: I'm two of the three). The staff are competent (though a bit uncommunicative) and they were prompt in taking the order, serving the meal and taking payment.
The café could do with a bit of a clean, but otherwise it looks fine - I do like the unpretentiousness of the place.
At £4 it was very good value, so I'll probably pop in again to try their Thai menu.
This place is an absolute classic. A greasy spoon during the day and a fabulously cheap thai restuaurant by night. You can also get great thai food during the day too!
As far as cheap eats in London go, this is an absolute must.
Nice family Resteraunt, serving good Thai food. Open for breakfast which was really nice. Very satisfied!!
Based on Mara Sam's recommendation and given I was around Waterloo I went there for lunch today.
Let's be clear- if you want any frills this is not your place. It's small, dingy, , tables are packed very close together and at busy times you will have spare places at your table filled by other customers (a bit like Wong Kei's- the famous Chinese near Gerrard St).
The place was crowded, and the waitresses abrupt. In the end I ordered pad thai (my benchmark dish for Thai food). Service was fast, food good and the locals clearly frequent it. Instead of Thai you can have sandwiches and some very dangerous looking fry-ups.
According to the signs they only serve Thai after 6pm and you can bring alcohol with a £1 per person corkage.
Definitely not a place to impress a new client/ date, but a super no nonsense greasy spoon with the added bonus of serving Thai!
Really quite decent home-style Thai cooking in the guise of a good old-fashioned no frills London caff (and that's what it is at breakfast and lunch, fry-ups and all). Even better, it is *great* value - mains are towards the lower end of the £5-7 range - about as low as you can get in central London, and service is fast, brusque and friendly in charming London-by-way-of-Thailand accents. BYOB.
I had an excellently satisfying tom kha hed (mushroom and coconut milk soup) and a good phad see-u (fat rice noodles sauteed with vegetables and soy sauce). My dining companions had similarly good soups and one had good-looking banana fritters for dessert and even the accompanying ice cream looked authentically Thai (a very yellow vanilla).
The only false notes were an oddly un-minced phad prik bai krapao - mince with chili & Thai basil (but we may have ordered wrong) and being offered Lipton tea when we asked for Thai iced tea, but maybe they just didn't have it.
You may need to wait for a table as the place seems continually packed, but just go have a drink in the Cuban restaurant nearby and by the time you're done your table will be ready. I think you can actually book, which seems at odds with the no-frills decor.
Anyone know who Marie is, btw?
I am always looking for great values in London, so was very pleased when I happened across Marie's cafe while looking for a dinner place around the Cut in Waterloo.
Marie's certainly doesn't look like much (either from the outside or inside), and its first impression is that it is one of a thousand dinghy, worn down and cheap cafes in London. But then you notice the crowds in the evening and check the menu to find home-style Thai food at superb prices (currys just north of 5 pounds). To be sure, I've had better Thai food, but not at these low prices and I really liked the homely atmosphere... I get the impression that the owners decided to run a caf and while they serve the usual English fare in the mornings and afternoons, experimented by serving tried and tested home recipes in the evenings. When it comes to restaurants, the wisdom of the crowds often applies and it can be tough to find a table here in this packed restaurant on Saturday nights. BYOB is a nice touch too.
Great cheap thai food! The only thing I didn't like much about the place was the interior which looked like it could do with some maintenance.
Came here while transferring over in the subway. Was a nice place to come and relax with a glass of wine for a few minutes, plus not to mention get out of the cold! I couldn't decide if I wanted wine or a coffee, so I drank the wine there and got a coffee to go.But all in all,there wine and coffee are such an amazing!
Another reviewer who'll only own up to knowing this place as a cheap Thai. Given the choice of waiting in line at the Burger King in the station, and making the three minute trip to here ( assuming I could get a seat), I'd toddle down to this externally unpromising little place. The food I had ( some sort of squid curry ) was tasty, and indeed very cheap - a meal for three came to less than £30 all told. The surroundings are unpromising, but I didn't die and suffered no digestive discomfort. Incidentally, you can bring your own bottle, which is handy since they don't serve alcohol, and as I recall they don't charge corkage.
I've never experienced Marie's Café during the day (when it offers up all the traditional 'greasy spoon' fayre), but I've been a few times in the evening for a very cheap and tasty Thai.
The place is always packed, mainly due to the prices (you can get a main meail for under £6) but the food isn't too bad. It's not going to be the best Thai food you've ever eaten but whe you think of some of the hideous pubs now layng on a Thai menu you'd be far better off here. No frills decor, friendly service and you bring your own booze.
I've only eaten at Marie's during the evening when it serves Thai food so can't comment on its daytime greasy spoon incarnation, but what I have had there has always been great stuff.
Excellent value and good sized portions. I really can't understand what the other commentators mean when they say the portions are too small, spoiled by unnecessarily large platefuls elsewhere, perhaps. Size isn't everything, after all, and what Marie's serves is fantastic quality over super size me quantity.
It's absolutely ideal for grabbing a meal before a visit to the Old Vic. Fast service, tons of atmosphere, stonkingly fresh food, and the best Tom Kah Gai for miles around. No license so bring your own bottle with £1 per person corkage.
On last night's trip, four of us got through four starters and five mains between us for just over £40 and every mouthful was delicious.
Cheap, cheerful, and heartily recommended.
whenever i come back to london i HAVE to come here and get chicken stir fry. its a transport cafe run by thais who cook thai food as well which is to die for btw!
wether its a traditional fry up or phad thai you're after this is the place!
plus its dirt cheap! a miricle considering its in the centre of london!
If you want a quick meal in a friendly family owened cafe...this is the place for you. Easy to get to on Lower Marsh as well. I have eaten here quite a few times and I try to get something different every time. The Thai food is good not great but definately filling, hearty, fast and cheap. Everything tastes fresh and I too have never has any digesting problems eating here, which is always a plus. The menu has alot to offer for such a small place. When busy you might find yourself being directed to the nearest seat even if it's at a table with a stranger or two which leads to some socialization time on your lunch break. I keep going back...try it!
I absolutely adore this place. It is like moving to Hong Kong from Wong Kar Wai films, just Thai like instead. Old posters of Thailand on old walls, stuff wearing oldschool aprons and everything served on white plates.
The place was full both time I came, you can bring your own wine (dry white goes amazingly way with Thai dishes) and just enjoy the atmosphere. There is something really nostalgic about the Thai stuff, who look (age wise) like family members - extremely friendly. It smells amazing, everything is fresh (had oysters once as well), and the portions are much bigger than anywhere else I have eaten in London. Fabulous green thai curry, probably better than anywhere else around here, reminded me of something far far away from rainy London - of my home, although it happened to be in Eastern Europe. Brought my friends there, and we were eating for hours. Nobody complained, just the opposite, it seemed like they loved us being in there. Absolutely great beginning of the evening.
I've been eating here since I was about 8 years old and I'm still a regular. As a previous Qyper mentions, it's the best place in the area and if you have a bit of spare time whilst waiting for a train, it's certainly worth walking the short distance from the station for great Thai food at a reasonable price. Having brought friends that have extensively travelled Thailand there, I'm also reliably informed that it's some of the most authentic Thai food that you can find in London which is a plus. It's also great in the evenings and would make a perfect place to dine before visiting the southbank or any of the local theatres. I really can't find fault with Maries.
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