Watch the world march by from the large front window of this pleasant, friendly restaurant in Westbourne Grove. Plants, carved wood and bamboo chairs lend a light, bright feeling to the somewhat scruffy dining room. Tawana has a loyal Thai following, which bodes well for the food. A pork broth soup with pieces of tofu and minced pork meatballs was a tasty and simple affair – the sort of homely thing you’d like your mother to make if you were ill. However, not everything here is as comforting. A fish curry was disappointing: the fish (‘sole’, said the server) was so heavily battered and fried that it was robbed of any flavour; the dish arrived drowning in a spicy red-curry sauce filled with pea aubergines, red peppers, coconut shoots (tasting like a softer version of bamboo shoots), basil and fresh peppercorns. The waste of the fine fish left us wishing we’d chosen one of the meat-free options from the extensive vegetarian menu. Still, Tawana hits the right notes more often than not, and the welcoming service and authentic ingredients will keep us coming back.
3 Westbourne Grove
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Bayswater tube|
|Price:||Main courses £5.75-£19.95. Set meal £15.95 2 courses. Minimum £10 per person (food only).|
Average User Rating
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I have been coming to this lovely little Thai restaurant pretty much since it opened and the food is as good as ever. It's really nice to be able to get such authentic food in a place that isn't pretentious or over the top, like most 'fusion' or 'pan-asian' places in London where it's all about the booze and loud music, rather than the food. The only real complaint I have is that when they're busy, it can take some time to get your order in but that's only really when they're understaffed, which happens anywhere really.
Terrible service, in fact the worst I have received in London and the food is as bland as the smile of the waitresses. I wish I would have read all the reviews about this place in different websites before trying it.