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I have a particular history with Yelo. In fact I don't really know it under its real name, as N and I only call it 'the break-up Thai'. For whatever reason it became custom for us to go there when we experienced some kind of break-up in our life, to get drunk on the cheap wine and at the same time enjoy the food. We have been there quite a lot over the past years (one wouldn't think that there is so much to break up with or to be fair get broken up with..) and unfortunately it was about time to re-visit.
The first disappointment however was that our primary goal of the evening (that was to get drunk) was boycotted by the fact that Yelo does not serve any alcoholic drinks at the moment. I forgot to ask why, but we were a bit annoyed by the fact that we had to go and buy a bottle and then got charged 3 pounds corkage charge.
We went to get our wine and then took a seat at one of their communal tables. In this way it is like Busaba Eathai (which, by the way, is just about to open around the corner from Yelo). Give me the choice and I prefer Yelo over Busaba Eathai a 100 times.
The food is maybe not the best Thai food in London but it is consistently good, it's relatively authentic and it's very cheap. They don't have a huge menu, but offer all the classics (without major experiments) and for classics we went.
We started with the Papaya Salad (5.45) (because we always start with the papaya salad). A big portion with (for my taste) too many green leaves, but they came in handy actually in the end to soak up the sauce which was really tasty, tangy and nice. They were slightly stingy on the prawn side, but overall I really enjoyed this plate of food and the fact that it was properly spicy.
The second starter, the Thai Dim Sum (3.95), I would clearly not recommend. The Dim Sum were falling apart already when we got them served not a pretty sight. Tastewise they were absolutely unremarkable.
Yelo does consistently good Pad Thai (5.45). Again they were not overly generous on the prawns but it was very well seasoned, not greasy and very comforting. Each table has a glass of peanuts on the table for you to add after your own taste. I like this actually.
The Green Curry (5.45) was also really nice and authentic. When I compare it to the green curry I had at Rosa's a couple of months ago, I would say it was about 100% better. But I think Rosa's is overrated anyway.
Regarding the atmosphere they were playing the most annoying music possible (some kind of charts techno pop thing, horrible beyond belief) much too loud to ignore it. It was so bad actually that I had to tell the waitress to change the music which she did. Good for her!
Middle of the road, fairly modestly priced Thai food. Hmmmm. Not a ringing endorsement, but then , by and large, I struggle to get excitied about most Thai restaurants in the UK it always seems to me that the flavours are somewhat muted, and get more so the cheaper the restaurant.
Nonetheless, our meal , comprising prawn rolls ( good) and Thai dim sum to start (OK), followed by a pork jungle curry (unspectacular) and a prawn stir fry ( pretty plain) and some plain steamed rice was sufficient unto the need, although portion size on the mains was pretty small. Service is included, so with a couple of Changs to wash it all down, the bill came to about £35, which frankly seemed like quite a lot for just sufficient and I'm not talking quantity.
We got takeaway from here this week. I'm kitten-sitting for a friend in Farringdon and couldn't find any takeaway menus so we actually ended up ordering from Urbanbite - the online takeaway service. This is lots of fun, but Yelo was hardly a definative choice - it was the first Thai place on the list that's all.
This means that I can only review the food and speedy service. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PLACE LOOKS LIKE OR EVEN WHERE IT IS! We were told to expect our food in 45, it arrived in half an hour so we were already happy campers.
And the food? Well the curries were excellent. Really good, although a little on the small side. This might have beeen becuase they came with a lot of sauce, but they were just about filling enough. We had dumpling and coconut rice and both was excellent. They threw in some prawn cracker which even tempted the veggies around the table.
The only downside? The pad thai. It was veggie, but all it seemed to be was gloopy noodles and a few tofu pieces. No veg or anything. A very sorry looking meal. Unfortunately, you can't mix and match curries if half your friends don't eat meat!
Dinner for four of us cost about £30. That suited us just fine. I'm not sure I'd go to Yelo again, but I'll use Urbanbite lots more. That was fun.
A great place to have lunch if you're about the Hoxton/Shoreditch area. In summer, grab an outside table and you can overlook Hoxton Square and watch the world go by. The prices are very reasonable considering its location.
I always go for a sort of peanutty prawn curry soup with noodles in. It's delicious but a bit slurpy, so make sure you have a well-placed napkin! Make full use of the condiment tray for extra chilli and peanut crunchy bits. They also do a green papaya salad here, but it's more of a side dish. Check the blackboard for specials and wash down with a beer or white wine spritzer. Very satisfactory!
I crave spicy food, like, all the time. So I cannot believe that I have passed this place daily for nearly a year before realizing, in my need for pad thai and sriracha sauce, that it was at my doorstep. HELLO! Slow much?
Since discovering that Yelo is my neighborhood Thai restaurant, I have been back many times. I am addicted to #32, or what some may call drunken noodles. It is S-P-I-C-Y. And it's good. Bring tissues and a cloth to mop your brow.
It's a small place located in Hoxton Square, so it can pack up very quickly. It's best to call ahead if you're going during a busy time.
I went there last week for the first time and had a wonderful meal there.
I couldn't believe how cheap it was but was more impressed at the fact that the food was excellent.
I had a curry coconut soup with tofu and it was lovely but my only issue is that it wasn't spicy enough. I felt it was a little heavy on the coconut but after adding a good splodge of chilli sauce all was good again.
I had a bit of salad too and that was really tangy and the fresh flavors felt like little explosions happening in the mouth.
I want to try more things from the menu and shall definitely be going back.
Great spot for cheap, deliciouis, quick Thai with friendly wait-staff and great music.
I am a masochist when it comes to spicy food and even I broke a little sweat when I had the jungle curry with prawns. Awesome flavors and impressive kick.
The chilean sauvignon blanc was great taste and value and the coconut ice cream was a tasty finish.
Will definitely be coming back to try other dishes.
yum this place is cheap, great Thai food. Fab selection and attentive friendly staff. Was about £10 per head which included soft drinks and a salad as well as the 2 main courses and rice.
Personally Im not a fan of the canteen style seating arrangements (as I usually wear a pencil skirt so cant fling my leg over the ruddy benches), but for informal eating, its a recommended choice.
Quite small, so get there early to avoid queuing out the door.
We use this place for takeaway lunches and the food is fine - just not great. I would choose this over Busaba Eathai in the local rankings though. You have to travel out of Shoreditch if you want better Thai. Reasonable value and lots of dishes carry a kick. Another canteen style restaurant - great location - feel lucky if you get an outside table overlooking the square.
a kind of thai wagamama , this place is cheap and great for a quick bite if you can get a seat as it's always rammed. I had the laska the other day when I had a cold and it was just what I need warming and comforting. Be warned though the spicy noodles are properly spicy! I was a bit cavalier and thought I'm indian, I can handle the heat but it was a bit too much by the end. Better to order the pad thai and adjust the heat levels to your liking with the chili on the tables. Specials are really nice too, good if you're out and about in hoxton.
This restaurant has everything one hopes for from a good thai restaurant. Like a mini version of Wagamama, everything is very simple and quick. The service is efficient, the food always arrives in acceptable times, and the food is simply sublime. They know just how to fill you up without making you feel bloated and unable to walk out, a problem that I have found in many chinese or thai restaurants. Many compliments to the chef!
Great food, friendly staff and great coconut chicken soup to blast your head off.
chopstix2steaknives.blog… We started with a mix platter of appetisers while waiting for our mains. There was a trio of appetisers consisting of chicken satay, fish cakes and spring rolls. I wasn't too impressed with the chicken satay but the fish cakes had a nice spicy kick to it and a QQ texture. The spring rolls were forgettable. Meanwhile, a group of Spanish tourist sat next to us and we started engaging in conversation with them. They noticed when our mains arrived and decided to order off menu too. Don't think the lady boss was too happy but she placed their orders to the kitchen too. The off menu dish is a dry vermicelli stir fried with vegetables and seafood. It was way too spicy and started tickling the throat in a bad way. This was due to too much curry powder being used. Even Ms. Black and I couldn't handle it and had to send it back. The poor father from the Spanish table who ordered the same thing as us had to do the same too.
The second version was much better. Yelo canteen serves cheap and cheerful food. I wouldn't go out of my way here but I wouldn't mind it either.
Love it hereyou have to have the corn patties!!!
Super place... super spicy salads and curries... super cheap aswell... only issue is some of the dishes seem to be a bit thin on the main ingredients (ie salads are mostly lettuce and curries are very wet) but for the cost, the dishes are great and the place is nice too
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