Som Tam House

Restaurants, Thai Shepherd's Bush
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Shuffling in from a harsh autumn evening we recently found ourselves warmed as much by Som Tam’s charm as its central heating, staff chatting away cheerfully as they seated us amid the Thai curios and house plants that clutter this small, informal eatery. A platter of mixed starters got us off on the right foot, eschewing the rubbery imitations favoured by many competitors in favour of crisp spring rolls packed with vegetables and some sweetly pungent satay skewers. Mains are also a cut above the normal traffic-light Thai curries: penang beef curry had a dry heat tempered by an expert use of basil and lime, while the yellow chicken curry was wonderfully aromatic and packed with tender meat. A deserved local favourite.


Venue name: Som Tam House
Address: 131 Askew Road
W12 9AU
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.
Transport: Tube: Ravenscourt Park or Shepherd's Bush Market tube
Price: Main courses £2-£6. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed.
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Living locally and a bit spoilt for choice re cheap eats and takeaway restaurants, we had never tried this one. We were almost entirely disappointed - the mixed starters were ok but not as good as any others i have had in the three other thai restaurants we have tried in the area. For mains we had 'chilli beef' which was chewy and lacked chilli or much aromatic flavour at all, and 'ginger tofu' which was slimey and again had little flavour other than too much salt. We had some tempura prawns - also lacking in flavour. The sticky rice was a bit hard and all the food was luke warm. Not cheap at £36 it was the most disappointing takeaway we had ever had. Judging by other reviews and the fact it was quite busy suggests that maybe we had an unusual experience but it's one we won't be trying again.