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Upper Holloway

North London lacks good Thai eateries, so this longstanding family-run spot is as refreshing as lemongrass tea on a steamy tropical afternoon. The Lanna pavilion-style wood interior, serene buddhas and angular white leather furniture may not exactly transport you to Chiang Mai, but they do at least feel removed from the Junction Road. Service is confident, but lacked warmth and speed on our latest visit.

The menu offers a greatest hits selection of Thai cooking, plus some intriguing chef’s specialities such as ‘snow prawns’ (stuffed with minced chicken and topped with egg whites). Wine options lack thrills but are keenly priced. Steamed fish with pickles, plum and fresh ginger was exquisitely light yet full of flavour. Correctly fiery yum woon sen (glass noodle salad with pork, shrimp, chilli and lime) continued the good work. Less satisfactory was aubergine stir-fried with black bean sauce: a chewy, bitter letdown thanks to too little time in the wok, but we couldn’t fault the sticky, comforting rice.

Venue name: Charuwan
Address: 110 Junction Road
N19 5LB
Opening hours: Dinner served 6-10.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Archway or Tufnell Park tube
Price: Main courses £5.95-£8.95. Set dinner £19.50 3 courses
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This place is walking distance from home, so popped in the other night as was craving Thai food! Very impressed with the Thai red curry, it was really delicious and authentic (although not as spicy as some). Also had nice broccoli in oyster sauce and even the free prawn crackers were very tasty. We'll definitely be regulars here!


Absolutely divine food - we've eaten there and had take-aways many, many times and never had a dish that is less than delicious. The house wine is lovely. The staff are always lovely, attentive and provide impeccable service. Great prices too. I couldn't recommend this restaurant more highly.


Superb Thai restaurant. Excellent food and very reasonable prices. It's much better than the other Thai restaurants in more fashionable Muswell hill or crouch end. Highly recommended.

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