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  • 1 Bedfordbury
    Covent Garden

    London WC2N 4BP
    Covent Garden, Strand
  • Transit information Bakerloo Northern Piccadilly Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7379 4580
  • Business website thaipot.biz
  • “On the table we had, Pad Thai (apparently freshest ever), Beef gang panang - nom nom good!, Jungle Curry - gunpowder spicy but well worth it and the Crispy Fried Trout - spicy again but deelish” in 2 reviews

  • “1:20pm: Nom, nom, nom, mmmmthisisreallyyummmm...nom nom.” in 2 reviews

  • “But beware--they briefly close between 3pm and 5pm for an afternoon break!” in 2 reviews

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/2/2013

    Service - quick
    Food - Fresh and Yummmmyyy!! On the table we had, Pad Thai (apparently freshest ever), Beef gang panang - nom nom good!, Jungle Curry - gunpowder spicy but well worth it and the Crispy Fried Trout - spicy again but deelish
    Desserts - ermm, they don't have many. Just ice creams and sorbets really.
    Seating - plenty
    Noise - a tad loud if you're closer to the front; the kitchen 'lift' is right there and the staff aren't best at moving dishes around quietly
    Prices - pretty reasonable, we paid an average of £15 per person, but of course we only had appetizers and a main course each.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/3/2009
    First to Review
    Listed in Asian Experience

    Laura's inner monologue from Thai Pot:

    12:50pm:  Mmmmm, Thai Food. And authentic Thai food, at that!  Yum, I'm so excited ... and I'm starving, oh man, this is going to be SO good.

    12:57pm:  Hmm, this is quite a comprehensive list of Thai-goodness albeit a bit more corporate than I was anticipating. Oh well, Thai food. I'm so hungry.

    1:07pm: I'm so hungry, I could eat a spoonful of the Thai chili sauce. Wait, where's the Thai chili sauce? Hmm, it must come with the meal.

    1:15pm: Oh boy, oh boy, my food is coming! He's just about to set it down, oh ... um, where's the rest of it? Wait, this is clearly only £4 worth of my £8 Gai Ta Kai ... maybe I ordered the 1/2 order lunch special?

    1:20pm: Nom, nom, nom, mmmmthisisreallyyummmm...nom nom.

    1:20:45:    Aaaaand I'm done. Unless I eat some of the Thai chili, wait? No Thai chili?

    1:25pm:   Yep, just the bill thanks. And the second half of my meal ...

    1:30pm  £24?  Twenty-four WHAT?? I mean, really?

    1:34pm: Yum -- Mints!

    To translate that from inner to outer monologue: Thai Pot is definitely good. Not great, but certainly on the higher end of good. However I am just unable to handle the fact that 2 sodas, 2 small dishes, and one side of rice cost £24. I mean, it's not so much the price as much as the food-per-pound ratio. Eat bite was £2! And seriously, six bites later I'm still hungry.

  • 2.0 star rating
    4/10/2009

    I was really in the mood for thai food so we walked down streets and magically found thai pot. and we walked towards it like a hungry moth to a thai flame. once we got in we thought we our prayers had been answered. the service was great, but the food was subpar.
    I had thai mussaman, and my friend got a dish with duck in it, but he said it was a lil gamey. It was the average price you would expect to pay for a place in covent garden, but I would suggest going there again.
    If you are in Covent garden, find someplace else b/c there are SO many better places to eat than the Thai Pot.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/8/2009

    There were eight of us on a friday eve - where to go and not have to wait hours for a table.

    I have walked past this place for the last few years on my commute but it doesnt really have curb appeal so never had been before but as they say 'don't judge a book by its cover' because this place does lovely food and they put together a table immediantly for us, service was excellent and it's really lovely inside with a great menu, a meal is roughly £10.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/7/2010
    1 check-in here

    Great Thai food in a very intimate restaurant. There are only a dozen tables and when it gets busy, the conversation level can be a bit much. If you pay attention, you'll see there's a dumbwaiter behind the bar, bringing up the food from the kitchen and taking down the dirty plates.

    The food deserves no criticism. Excellent levels of spice, flavor and texture so that nothing is overwhelmed. We shared a plate of the Tod Mun Koaw Pod (which I know only because I've gone back to the Thai menus on line) corn cakes were indescribably yummy. The Golden Triangles ("Hey, I can order something in English!") were perfectly toasted and dipped nicely into the sweet and sour sauce. Each bite was an explosion of tasty deliciousness.

    For the mains, lots of curries around. Beef and Chicken of course. My green chilli curry had lots of crispy vegetables and bits of chicken. It started off a little on the hot side but after a few bites, either my taste buds got used to it or they simply gave up reporting the heat. My table mate said the Pad Thai was good but not the best he's ever had.

    Service was excellent and attentive. The very nice lady who must be an owner was serving the drinks. Singha beer has a dry taste and goes well with spicy Thai food.

    Surprisingly, I didn't end up wearing any of the meal. Bonus!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/4/2012
    2 check-ins here

    This place is nicely tucked away in Covent Garden and a really good place to grab a quick lunch.  Their service is quick and efficient that'll get you in and out in less than an hour.

    The food is okay - not bad but not the best for sure.  I used to go to this place quite often when I first moved to London but thing there are definitely better places even just down the road.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/8/2009

    Prior to flying to London, I was not  that crazy for Thai food. But one accidental stop at this resto, after a client visit, changed all that.

    After finishing our meeting, we were driving back to proceed to another dinner and drinks meeting, but realized that we were starving already. Earl's court would be a decent 20-25 mins drive away given the traffic madness that night. Very close to the Charing Cross station, we parked the car and looked around and saw this moderately-sized resto which seemed packed. Curious by the way it looked from the outside, plus all the displayed Trip Advisor ratings through the sticker from the entrance door, we went in without any set expectations. What greeted us right away was this amazingly wonderful aroma of food, I could almost smell the authenticity of all the spices in those food! Everyone seemed to be loving their dinner and off we drilled down to the what's not and what's hot in their menu.
    Pretty thrilled to find out that everything seemed to be hot and yes I mean that literally, we ordered for an appetizer first while trying to decide which one to order. I eyed their spicy prawn cracker and I am not exaggerating when I say that it is by far, the BEST prawn cracker ever in the world! It is too good that whenever I go back, I always make sure that apart from the appetizer, I order this for take away. When craving strikes or something calls for drinks, this is the perfect appetizer, together with their spicy sweet chili dip. That was the best way to start the meal. I decided that their Tom Yum soup would be the best choice, together with their Thai Prawn red curry. Having such tolerance for hot and spicy food ever since, I specifically requested for it to make it spicier. Yes, I did that, without even trying it yet. Imagine my surprise when I finally got to taste their Tom Yum and Prawn Red curry. It was TOO spicy but absolutely, absolutely DIVINE. It perfectly complements their thai jasmine rice. I'd have to say that what completely won me over was the Tom Yum soup. That was the end-all and be-all of why I was converted to Thai Food. And I've never looked back since.
    I've only been here for 2 months now and I've gone to this resto for around 6-7 times now. Some of those times I brought along my friends and some were for business. The owner even recognizes me now and makes sure I get more than enough sweet chili dip and is gracious enough to approach me and my company from time to time to ask how's everything. I find it funny and ironic that I'd find the best Thai food in London but I guess sometimes, life truly does surprise you.

    Now go and drop by to try their stuff. I chose them as my first review because hands down, for the location, the quality of food and the service, they're a winner. As for the price, I'd like to believe that it is worth what you pay for. As for me, I plan to eat there as many times as I can this lifetime! Or okay, while I'm in London! ;)

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/8/2009

    Stopped by here for a spot of impromptu dinner.  Didn't have to queue which is something of a luxury in Central London on a Friday evening. The food was so good, mouthwatering, aromatic, rich and so so tasty.  I felt like the portions were just right for me, I'm not a massive eater - appetite of a snail you see.  There was such a huge menu with plenty to choose from, loads of veggie options as well. We spent about £15 a head which included drinks and  a starter of erm... prawn crackers? Staff were efficient without being pushy/trying to push you out of the door and the food was just delicious! Easily some of the best Thai food I've had in London. The place to head to for some relaxed and refined Thai dining I say.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/10/2009

    Great Thai in the cool Covent Garden area of London.  But beware--they briefly close between 3pm and 5pm for an afternoon break!  The interior is very chic and modern--little white votive candles on each table, dimly lit, and probably one of the coolest, authentic menus I've seen in a long time.  Service is very good.  I had the Pad Kee Mao and Mom had the Pad Se Ew.  Both were very good.  When I am back in London I will definitely seek this place out--not just because the food is good but because traditional British food is just downright bland and tasteless.

    • Qype User hayjan…
    • London
    • 63 friends
    • 152 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    28/2/2010

    A nice Thai restaurant which is perfect for a quick, good-value bite to eat before you head off to a West End show. Really quick, friendly service and tasty food, although as someone has already pointed out, it's not the kind of place you'd go for a cosy, romantic dinner for two. The decor is clean and simple, but you wouldn't stay for another drink after you've polished off your nosh. But recommended nonetheless, especially because the BEST PUB IN LONDON (The Harp) is just round the corner.

    • Qype User thenus…
    • London
    • 65 friends
    • 104 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/3/2009

    I like to go to this thai when around covent garden. Simple and fresh is key. Also a quick and efficient service. Though not a place to have a cosy dinner.

    • Qype User stuwin…
    • London
    • 9 friends
    • 31 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/2/2009

    Good Thai restaurant tucked away in one of the back streets of Covent Garden (very close to Charing Cross Police Station).

    Refurbed a few years ago the restaurant is open and light and a combination of traditional and contemporary. When busy the restaurant can get quite loud with people talking and having fun.

    Menu is quite extensive and a good range to suit all flavours. The Jungle Curry is a good choice and they can warm it up if you require it.

    Service is fast and efficient, not always supportive of a relaxed quiet meal so beware. If you walk in off the street then you may have a short wait. If the wait will be longer leave your name and pop to the pub a couple of doors down.

    Certainly worth a visit for you to make up your own mind

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2010

    Stumbled across this place by accident but it's now on my list of favourites. The menu has some really interesting dishes that you don't find in a lot of other Thais. The spare rib starter is delicious - very soft meat and beautifully cooked. The other starter we had was chicken wrapped in spinach which was unusual and also really nice. The service is quick and friendly and, I agree, it's not the kind of place where you would sit around having a really leisurely meal.

    • Qype User HappyT…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 17 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    18/1/2012

    A real favourite  great service, good food, not to pricey. Never yet failed to be seated immediately even though it's not a large place. The menu is varied and everything I've tried has been delicious, with large portions making it excellent value for money. Thoroughly recommended.

    • Qype User nwooll…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 10 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/4/2011

    I was planning to go to Wahaca but there was a 45 min wait (on a Tuesday night!!) so we opted for the Thai Pot instead.

    We were given a table straight away and the service throughout was very quick. The menu had a wide variety of dishes and we had ordered four dishes to share between the three of us, all of which were delicious.

    It wasn't very expensive either so I would very much recommend the Thai Pot for a quick bite to eat in Covent Garden.

    • Qype User icecre…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 11 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    21/7/2009

    Standard run-of-the-mill Thai restaurant. It was not disappointing, but the menu was uninspired.

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