A Thai restaurant in Earl’s Court.
An unremarkable looking Thai restaurant in Earl’s Court, the thing that gives Addie’s away is that it’s packed. It has been for more than three decades, and in a city full of faded foodie icons, what is remarkable is that eating here is as good as it ever was. You will know this instinctually as soon as the (free) prawn crackers arrive on your table. They’re the caramel-coloured, grainy kind – not the crappy foamy white kind. You can always tell a good Thai restaurant by the quality of its crackers.
Inside, it’s painted an unfashionable shade of dark red, with tables tucked into cosy nooks along the wall. The menu is intimidatingly vast, but when ordering, this is the kind of establishment where it pays to have a roving eye. A quick spy at the tables in your vicinity should help you decide: everyone gets the papaya salad. This dish, with thin ribbons of pale papaya, carrot and beans sprinkled with peanuts and served in a nice deep bowl, was fresh and frighteningly spicy. (A general warning: dishes here are not designed to suit the Western palate). The pad thai, usually a dull choice, was also superb: served with a traditional latticed pancake of egg on top, the noodles beneath were luscious and slippery, spliced with beansprouts and fat, sweet prawns. The only minor disappointment was a plate of overly greasy vegetable spring rolls.
Other than that, the food was practically perfect. It’s also cheap, which makes Addie’s an increasingly rare breed in West London. If you live in the area, make this your local. If not – this is a restaurant that is actually worth travelling to Earl’s Court for.
|Venue name:||Addie's Thai|
121 Earl's Court Road
|Transport:||Tube: Earl's Court|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Average User Rating
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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.
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