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Restaurants, Thai Paddington
3 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
The Heron
Ming Tang-Evans A karaoke lounge beneath an unremarkable Paddington pub is th most authentic thai dining experience. The Heron Basement karaoke room of the The Heron next door to 1 Norfolk Crescent W2 2DN

Time Out says

Brave the karaoke singers and the cramped basement of this Bayswater boozer for a taste of genuine Thai cookery.

Located in a shabby boozer round the back of the Edgware Road, the Heron is certainly a rough diamond. Yet look beyond its busy carpets and dark, slightly dingy interior and you’ll discover some of the most authentic Thai food to be found in London.

Blaring Thai pop signals the way to the diminutive basement dining room, populated almost exclusively by Thais. The kitchen specialises in north-eastern cooking, offering an impressive range of spicy salads, sour curries, stir-fries and much more besides – this is not the place to come for a standard Thai green curry. From the ample list, the sour sausages (sai krok esarn), served in bite-sized bobbles, produced plenty of garlicky tang.

A hot and sour salad of stir-fried minced pork and crisp-fried rice ball pieces had the perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour notes, plus enough dried chillies to numb our lips – ask for it mild if you can’t handle the burn. Cobra beer (the Chang and Singha were both off on our visit) helped to cool the heat.

Expect things to get lively after 9pm as the dining room doubles as a karaoke lounge. Service couldn’t be friendlier.


Heron says
Our authentic flavours are well known amongst Thais, those who have visited Thailand and all those who know the real taste of Thai food, spices and herbs blended together to make the food richer.



Address: Basement karaoke room of the Heron
1 Norfolk Crescent
W2 2DN
Transport: Tube: Edgware Road or Marble Arch tube or Paddington tube/rail
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3 out of 5 stars

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