‘What time are you leaving?’ was the greeting on arrival at Addie’s. This Earl’s Court institution, highly popular with the youth of Thailand’s high society in London, has become so busy that table-turning is commonplace. The ground-floor booth seating is packed most evenings, though on our visit the basement room – sometimes used as a karaoke bar – was empty.
It’s the food, not the service or slightly gloomy decor, that’s the draw. The dishes are good versions of what you find in Bangkok: spicy noodle soups, stir-fries, noodle dishes, street food from the north-east. We were delighted to find unusual crab dishes on the menu; the long arms of raw blue swimming crab marinated in lemon juice and fish sauce was a highlight (fingers and napkins required). Surprises litter the menu, such as Shanghai noodles, which turned out to be a salad of translucent sheets of mung bean mixed with vegetables from the East (cloud-ear mushroom) and West (lettuce). There was delicacy in some details, such as the egg lace enveloping the pad thai.
No such delicacy with the service, though: with five minutes of our 90 still to go, we were told to leave the table.
|Venue name:||Addie's Thai||Contact:|
121 Earl's Court Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Earl's Court tube|
|Price:||Main courses £5.59-£13.95|
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Addie's has been my local for over a decade and they haven't lost their touch. I usually get a takeaway and not only is the service always quick and friendly, but the food is lush.
We started eating lunch around 2:25pm today, we were told that they close at 3pm. Fair enough.
The waiter came over and asked if we wanted anything else around 2:55pm, we said no, we've nearly finished then paid the bill. Then at 3pm, he said we are closing at 3pm.we said ok, then started eating quicker...he then came back and said he can pack our food to take away if we wanted to take it with us, we said, no thank you, we'll eat it all now. At 3:10pm, he came over again and said, I'm packing all your food into takeaway boxes right now, as you taking too long to eat and we are shut. We close at 3pm and it is now 3:20pm (a lie) You all need to leave immediately!
WOW...is all I can say...ok, fair enough you close at 3pm, but we have never known any restaurant around the world to boot people out in such a rude manner. We were polite and were trying to eat as quickly as possible. If they want repeat customers, they really need to review their staff as staff like that should never be client facing. Such an embarrassment for the restaurant.
On a side note, the food was so so. My noodle we very sweet for some reason...but the Thai Ice tea was nice.
...never ever going back...and I'd recommend all others to eat elsewhere too. Better food and service in lots of other places nearby.
Such a gem of a place to have found in the heart of Earl's Court! It's such a handy place to have nearby too! This place is fantastic not just to eat in but also to have takeaway. It's always crowded so reservations are advised. Most of the food I've tried here are magnificent along with the service. These include: morning glory cod, fish cakes, prawn phad Thai and green curry, prawn red panang curry. Only bummer is that they don't take american express.