Hidden away on a less than salubrious stretch of Leytonstone, this family-run café may not look like much – think strip lights, potted plants and veneer panelling – but it is cosy, with friendly staff, kitsch Thai trinkets and, on our most recent visit, a soothing Billie Holiday soundtrack. The Thai home cooking is similarly soulful: tom kha gai (chicken in coconut milk) was thick, comforting and full of zesty goodness, while gang keow wan (green curry) was subtly flavoured using authentic ingredients such as pea aubergines. Goong sarong (deep-fried prawns in pastry) were less memorable, but the moist and moreish pad thai was virtually perfect. No wonder the place was humming with locals on a dreary Wednesday night.
593 Leytonstone High Road
|Opening hours:||Dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Sat; 6-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Leytonstone tube/Leystonstone High Road rail/66, 257 bus|
|Price:||Main courses £5-£7.25. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.|
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