Hidden away on a less than salubrious stretch of Leytonstone, this family-run café may not look like much – think strip lights, potted plants and veneer panelling – but it is cosy, with friendly staff, kitsch Thai trinkets and, on our most recent visit, a soothing Billie Holiday soundtrack. The Thai home cooking is similarly soulful: tom kha gai (chicken in coconut milk) was thick, comforting and full of zesty goodness, while gang keow wan (green curry) was subtly flavoured using authentic ingredients such as pea aubergines. Goong sarong (deep-fried prawns in pastry) were less memorable, but the moist and moreish pad thai was virtually perfect. No wonder the place was humming with locals on a dreary Wednesday night.
Venue name: Singburi
Address: 593 Leytonstone High Road
E11 4PA
Opening hours: Dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Sat; 6-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Leytonstone tube/Leystonstone High Road rail/66, 257 bus
Price: Main courses £5-£7.25. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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My husband and I have been going to this great Thai Cafe since we were in our early 20s. We love the food and Thelma is a star. We have never had any problems with her and have always had a feeling of visiting an aunt's house when we eat there. I have introduced many friends who didn't even know the Cafe existed and who now love it as much as we do! Well worth a visit.

Ryan L
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My wife and I are regulars at the Singburi, the food is fab and you can bring your own booze. What more can you ask for? Regarding Thelma being a bit moody....well we all have off days.

Helen R

This place is my favourite Thai in East London (and I've lived all over). Every time me and my friends decide to meet up Singburi is the first place suggested. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff very accommodating (not sure what the Safia woman is moaning about as we've never had anything but a lovely time). Can't recommend enough.

Safia Q
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We were regulars at this lovely little family run BYO Thai. I've been going here for years and have introduced so many people to this place. The only issue I have is Thelma (the mother) and her mood swings. We mostly laugh it off but this time she was out of order. We simply asked for vegetables to be put in the veg pad Thai (there were none) - talk about the end of the world. Instead of 'is everything OK?', 'did we get it wrong' just anything in a polite and smiley manner - she came charging out of the kitchen, visibly angry and started questioning us. I ended up explaining 3 times 'just vegetables please' because she was so busy being angry and telling us off like we are little children. It just didn't occur to her that the waiter may have made a mistake by excluding the veg. He also got one of the main dishes wrong - we ordered green chicken curry but we got some kind of beef stir fry instead - we were too scared to say something by then. We remained polite until the end of our meal, she stayed annoyed with us, ignored us the rest of the night and didn't look in our direction or thank us for our payment. For the first time we didn't leave any tip and will probably never return - not that she cares because she is just so hard-faced. What a real shame she is the way she is. A truly unhappy experience from the most unhappiest woman I've ever come across.