Ive been to Tuk cho a number of times for lunch as i work locally (2 min walk away). Initially the food was very poor and the service was slow and uninformed, although i have to admit over the last few months since opening they have slowly improved. The addition of a lunch menu, revamping their whole menu and a general improvement in service has really helped. The lunch menu is still a little bit too pricey for it to be one of our regular lunch locations - when compared to thai canteen which is a stones throw away it is a bit pricey. But with a local business discount and a deal on we are tempted in. For me a lunch menu with a main and a drink combined for 6-7 pounds mark would be about right. With this kind of deal they would be buzzing inside.
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Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jan 31 2012
Service was attentive and genial at this self-styled ‘adventurous South-east Asian restaurant’, which aims to showcase the cheap, tasty street food found on the well-trodden backpacker trail. The setting is a large, informal dining room that looks like the result of an experiment where Byron met Busaba – exposed brickwork, diner-style lighting and a polished concrete floor. Comforting Asian favourites such as nasi goreng, pad thai and Vietnamese pho feature on a varied menu of street-market inspired curries, noodles, rice dishes and stir fries, but claims of adventurous eating seemed to lack foundation; a reportedly fiery northern Thai chicken curry barely sizzled. Better was a nicely balanced and plentiful dish of chicken and prawn yaki udon. Thai sweetcorn fritters – slightly over-browned, but full of flavour – outshone a portion of Vietnamese summer rolls that were good but needed more chicken filling. Although the menu is more diverse than those of its main competitors, Tuk Cho has a slightly confused identity: does it want to be adventurous and authentic or mainstream and approachable? A second branch is yet to materialise after plans to open in Chiswick were shelved; until the concept rolls out across London, this remains a reliable local restaurant.
Tuk Cho 28-30 New Broadway
- Venue phone:
020 8567 9438
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- Opening hours:
Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Wed; noon-11pm Thur-Sun
Tube: Ealing Broadway tube/rail
Main courses £6-£10.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50
- 28-30 New Broadway
- 020 8567 9438
- 28-30 New Broadway
- Tuk Cho
Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:1
My wife and I regularly come to Tuk Cho on a week day evening after work for a cheap dinner. I have to say that the food is really good, and the service has always been friendly and helpful. A really nice find in Ealing, and well worth a visit.
Overpriced, tasteless and poor service! Having lived in SE Asia for a number of years I can honestly say Tuk Cho's 'street food' is the worst I have EVER tasted. Lacks flavour, lacks quality and lacks authenticity. Best thing about this restaurant? The Tuk Tuk outside.
Gimmicky, overpriced, and inauthentic. Food quality is below Wagamama and the neighbouring Hare & Tortoise, nevermind actual Asian street market food. If you like real East/Southeast Asian flavours, you won't enjoy this. If you haven't tried the region's food before, this wouldn't be a good intro.
A lengthly wait was well addressed by the staff in the form of a free round of drinks but the food bore little resemblance to any food that I have had the pleasure to experience in many Asian street markets. Sadly lacking the authentic flavours and not a place we will visit again. A major disappointment. The Thai Canteen next door is a much better bet.
I think they still have some work to do, but my dish was really good! I had the super-healthy lettuce wraps with chicken and peanut sauce - served cold - amazing. I then had the randang curry which was lovely but my friend's pad thai wasn't great. I'd give them another chance, though!
Ordered chicken jungle curry, when it arrived it only had two small bits of chicken. You really shouldn't have to send back food because of missing chicken. Poor reflection on those people sending the food out. Conclusion, nice decor, buzzy atmosphere, but overpriced and very average food.
Excellent food, very fresh and very well seasoned. Not as sweet as most Asian food can be in other restaurants. Excellent staff, very helpful and passionate about food that they serve. Overall we would highly recommend it and are looking forward to go there again.
Pretends to be authentic Asian dishes - over flavoured and some dishes are downright unpleasant - mainly converted to Thai flavours. Both Nasi Goreng & Mei Goreng (traditional Indonesian meals) are dreadful. Staff are excellent, helpful. My suggestion is avoid this place if you really understand and want to taste proper Asian flavours.