These days you can pimp pretty much anything. You might splash out on a diamante dog collar for your mutt; personalise your loo paper and even vajazzle your… well, you know.
Now, it’s the turn of the cheap-and-cheerful combo of ‘pub with Thai food’ to go upmarket, in the shape of this swanky Kennington newcomer. One side is a stylish bar; the other an elegant, low-lit restaurant, tricked out in the Royal Thai way with dark, high-gloss woods.
The menu also has high intentions, with luxurious offerings from across the Orient (yellowtail sashimi, miso black cod) in among the mostly Thai dishes. But the basics are decent – our tom yam soup, laced with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and red chilli, cleared out the cobwebs ahead of a refreshing som tam (a salad of shredded under-ripe papaya that balances sweet, salt, sour and spice).
There were a few duff notes, though: a ‘signature’ dish of stir-fried prawns in a sweet chilli reduction proved one-dimensional, and came not with the fine beans advertised, but with sugar-snap peas. For afters, we tried a tempura-clad scoop of ice-cream: a nice idea, but too sweet and insipid to impress.
Happily, a strong selection of speciality beers, such as JHB, our light and aromatic golden ale (brewed by Oakham Ales), proved a distraction: there’s even German wheat beer by Krombacher.
This may not be the place to relive memories of hawker stalls – the staff are an international bunch and the music is more ‘spa’ than Siam – but for an attractive spot to enjoy spice and beer, it hits the spot.
by Tania Ballantine
|Venue name:||Oaka at the Mansion House||Contact:|
48 Kennington Park Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3.30pm Sat. Dinner served 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 5.30-11pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-9.30pm Sun|
|Price:||Main courses £6.90-£14.80|
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Fantastic thai food, amazing service, great prices- Best Thai Food I have eaten in London. Portions are massive my favourites are the Thai Fries, Vegetable Tempura, Green Curries, spring rolls, and my bf loves the Chilli beef. We eat here about once every 2 weeks with friends and they all love it. Such a find- thanks to TimeOut, we may not have found it otherwise.
Awful. Just walked out. Had to ask for a menu, for the table to be cleaned (to which I was told that its a bar and tables get sticky), the starter took over an hour, we had to go to the bar ourselves to get drinks (twice), we left prior to our main coming out and the waitress didn't ask why, she went and told the manager who also didn't come over so I went to him and was asked to email him as he couldn't do anything about it at the moment. 9 years in London, worst restaurant experience. I've never left a review before but had to save you all. Avoid avoid avoid