London's best Thai restaurants

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Explore regional specialities as well as a roll-call of classics at our pick of Thai restaurants. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Heron

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Located in a shabby boozer round the back of the Edgware Road, the Heron is certainly a rough diamond. Yet look beyond its busy carpets and dark, slightly dingy interior and you’ll discover some of the most authentic Thai food to be found in London. Blaring Thai pop signals the way to the diminutive basement dining room, populated almost exclusively by Thais. The kitchen specialises in north-eastern cooking, offering an impressive range of spicy salads, sour curries,

  1. Basement karaoke room of the Heron, 1 Norfolk Crescent (Sussex Gardens end), W2 2DN
  2. Main courses £7.50-£18Meal for two with...
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Isarn

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Slinky, contemporary decor, with dark wood and oversized lampshades, gives Isarn a polished, expensive image, but the menu is surprisingly wallet-friendly. Set lunches, which come in a bento box, are good value, and include a selection of spring rolls or fish cakes, curry, rice and fruit. Don’t expect authentic Thai fieriness or superb cooking, but do sample some of the more unusual dishes, along with stalwarts like curries and pad thai – all stylishly presented. Among the

  1. 119 Upper Street, N1 1QP
  2. Main courses £6.50-£14.50. Set lunch £6.95...
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KaoSarn

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

There’s no shortage of well-priced eateries in Brixton Village Market, but KaoSarn is one of the biggest crowd-pullers. The place is regularly packed inside and out with a mix of stalwart Brixtonites of all ages, and young hipsters soaking up the Market’s vibe – and it deserves to be busy. The food is not only cheap, but bursting with authentic Thai flavours. As at many of the surrounding dining venues, the decor is basic, with mismatched furniture and much of the seating

  1. Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PR
  2. Main courses £6.90-£11.50. Unlicensed....
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Begging Bowl

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

When this trendy Peckham eaterie opened in 2012, there was a flurry of excitement over its unusual menu. Instead of the more familiar Thai fare, chef Jane Alty offers Thai street food. Alty previously worked with David Thompson on his classic cookbook on that theme, which no doubt served as inspiration for her eclectic repertoire. Colour-coded by price, and designed for sharing tapas-style, the dishes include only a few of the usual suspects (Thai fish cakes, for example). The

  1. 168 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW
  2. Main courses £6.25-£14.75. Meal for two with...
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Esarn Kheaw

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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For more than two decades, Esarn Kheaw has been serving up north-eastern (Esarn) Thai cooking to an appreciative crowd of locals, including plenty of expats. The rather dark dining room, complete with a mural of rice farmers and pictures of the Thai royal family, may be starting to show its age, but the cooking is as good as ever. Chargrilled beef served in tender strips with onion, coriander and plenty of lime offers a gentle introduction to the food of the region, while the

  1. 314 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ
  2. Main courses £7.95-£10.95
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Nipa

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Housed inside the Lancaster London, Nipa is plush and polished – just as you’d expect from a hotel restaurant. Decorous waitresses in traditional attire greet you at the door of the teak-panelled room. You’re then escorted to tables immaculately laid with white cloths and vases of fresh orchids; plump for a window spot if you can, for views of Hyde Park across the road. The menu encompasses the gamut of classic Thai cooking, including a few less-common dishes. Food is

  1. Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY
  2. Starter £11-£14, Main £16-£30, Desserts...
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Sukho

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The stretch of Fulham Road around Parsons Green has no shortage of restaurants: whether you’re after Chinese dim sum or German beer and bratwurst. Despite the competition, though, Sukho is constantly busy. Part of a three-strong chain that includes Suk Saran in Wimbledon and Suksan in Chelsea, it exudes elegance and charm. The dining room blends contemporary east Asian and traditional features, with detailed wooden carvings, white napery and plenty of colourful candles, making

  1. 855 Fulham Road, SW6 5HJ
  2. Main courses £11.25-£18.95. Set lunch £12.95...
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Mantanah

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The residents of Norwood Junction are lucky indeed to have such a good local Thai restaurant. Mantanah may look unassuming from the outside, but its food is nothing like the watered-down western version of Thai cookery you often find in London. A northern dish of shredded chicken and banana blossom in coconut sauce was a riot of sour, sweet and fiery flavours. There are plenty of other regional treats to choose from too: the likes of southern red chicken curry with fresh coconut

  1. 2 Orton Building, Portland Road, SE25 4UD
  2. Main courses £6.50-£13.95. Set lunch £7.95 3...
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Smoking Goat

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

If you’re looking for adventurous eating, you can find it in Thailand. On one visit up near the Burmese border, I pulled my motorbike over to a roadside shack, attracted by the barbecue smell. ‘Paddy chicken’ was the garbled translation for what turned out to be chargrilled field rats. Not much meat on them, in case you’re wondering.  You won’t find much paddy chicken in London, but you can find dishes that capture the spirit of Thai barbecue. Smoking Goat is a

  1. 7 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LZ
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101 Thai Kitchen

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This no-nonsense Hammersmith establishment feels a bit like a scruffy canteen. Ageing padded metal chairs look like cast-offs from a convention centre; tables are arranged in long lines, and some wobble. From the back of the two-tone pink dining room, portraits of the Thai royal family watch over proceedings. As is the case in many of London’s most authentic Thai restaurants, the cooking here is largely from the Esarn region of north-eastern Thailand – including multiple

  1. 352 King Street, W6 0RX
  2. Main courses £6.50-£14.95.Meal for two with...
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4 comments
tej
tej

should try reun thai on fulham palace road,, most authentic thai food i ever had.

Francesco
Francesco

I went to this Restaurant a couple of months ago and I am so happy I did. The fgnifiqueood was "Extraordinaire". I love Thai and unfortunately for various reasons I haven't been to a Thai restaurant for some time but Boy, this compensated for lost time! First they served Thai Chilli Rice Crackers (which were much more flavoursome than the usual Chinese ones) then we had a mixed platter for 2 as a starter plus 2 Pad Thai and a fried Tilapia. I always find something to say flavour wise regarding the food, but in this case the meal was spot on, service very friendly, everything was top notch. And to make things better there is a BYO policy and the delicious food was washed down with a nice bottle of Prosecco brought from home. One tiny criticism maybe was the waiting time and surrounding area outside, but who cares I come for food quality! If I want to please my visual senses, I would go to an Art Gallery! Notwithstanding that, the dish itself is a visual experience!

zcem
zcem

This is a pretty duff selection of Thai restaurants if you're after something vaguely authentic, although I totally agree with Nahm and Esarn Kheaw. Try Addie's or 101 Thai Kitchen, or The Heron for an authentic experience.

benjam
benjam

Hey! You guys should add Tong Kanom Thai. It's near Willesden Junction, on the Harrow Road and it is GREAT! But quite spicy. I've been there several times and it's very good value, plus I think it's BYO too. There's another one in Kilburn too but that's named after the owners son - it's called Alfie's.