Acutely authentic northeastern Thai cookery finds a no-frills home at this King Street canteen.
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 versions of green papaya salad, accompanied by anything from salted duck egg to sausage. You’ll also find a collection of southern Thai dishes such as sour prawn curry, or turmeric-marinated sea bass. These are prepared by ‘Auntie Bee’ who hails from Hat Yai, a city near the border with Malaysia. An Esarn classic of shredded bamboo shoots with the fermented fish sauce favoured in the region was characteristically pungent (in taste and aroma), served with a decent squeeze of lime, plenty of chilli and a few mint leaves to add freshness.
Staff don’t stand on ceremony here, informing diners when the table must be vacated for the next sitting, yet they’re not unfriendly; locals, spanning every age group, are treated with congeniality.
|Venue name:||101 Thai Kitchen||Contact:|
352 King Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 6-11pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Stamford Brook tube|
|Price:||Main courses £6.50-£14.95.Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35|
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I've been a couple of times recently.....the food is tasted authentic and rarely fails, and I'm terribly fussy about such things....service could be more attentive but never spoiled the experience for me. The sour pork rib soup is a high point...along with sea bass sour orange curry (gaeng som bplaa).
We had dinner at your restaurant on Friday the 19th Aug. We live nearby and we have been in your restaurant a number of times, as we found the food quality very good. Unforgettably at this visit, we had a very bad experience in terms of service: My partner had his food served before mine, and after several asking, I received my dish by the time he finished his, with about 30m delay. We went out to dine together and I must say it was the most frustrating experience. Especially the fact we have been ignored by the staff. Also we have been offered complimentary greens with our dishes, which at the end it was added to our bill, for an almost £7. No one said sorry and when we paid the waitress acted like she doesn't understand what we are saying about the greens. We spent £45 and left very disappointed. We would not have mind waiting long to get our food together, especially we had starters, but I believe we are rightly upset by this service. We will not be returning for a while I am afraid, might be never, because of this experience, which is shame, as we have liked dining at this place before. Klara & Simon, Stamfordbrook
This is the real thing. Always full of Thais. If you close your eyes, you could be eating in Bangkok. It's not fancy or posh, but the prices are great. My kids love it too.