Tippy's Café

Restaurants East Ham
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Squeezed between a mosque and a bingo hall, Tippy’s is half friendly east London caff, half family-run Thai restaurant, serving a mix-and-match local clientele of old geezers, suited Bangladeshis, friends and relations. And it’s hugely popular with local residents.

There’s a chalked menu of fry-up variations, table condiments and net curtains, all seeming a little at odds with the summery pale green of the tongue-and-groove, the wall-mounted fans and temple poster exotica, and the dozen mostly familiar noodle dishes.

After appetising sizzles from the rear kitchen, our dishes arrived disappointingly lacking in colour  – we should perhaps have chosen instead the sassy green curry, precisely presented with a separate bowl of curry alongside a neat mound of rice. While the sweet and gelatinous gravy that covered the chicken, greens and flat noodles of the pad rad na wasn’t entirely to our taste, our veg and herb packed Thai noodle soup with butterfly prawns and a simple pad Thai both had surprising depth of flavour for the price. Puddings are caff staples, but the tea steps from builders’ brew to loose-leaf jasmine.


Venue name: Tippy's Café
Address: 291 Barking Rd
E6 1LB
Opening hours: Open 11am-10pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-10pm Sat
Transport: Tube: East Ham tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £24
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Ignore the time out fool! I’ve been eating here for years and its so tasty you wouldn’t believe!!! I’ve even made friends travel across London to try it ...and they come back next week with to bring their own foodie friends! The staff are wonderful and all the dishes are great, Pad Kee Mow and the Laab Gai stand out in my mind!

Shirley D

Just went to Tippy's for lunch and I must say it is the best Thai I've tasted; just like on Thailand. The staff are welcoming and really helpful. If you are looking for a good Thai restaurant give Tippy's a try!!!!!


Best vegetarian Thai Green curry ever. So glad that after all the years Tippy's is still going.


I've known this restaurant for many years and eaten there on a regular basis. During this time I have never had a bad meal there. Granted, the decor is like a café, but you'll find the best restaurants in Thailand very basic - the food is what matters. Having been to Thailand, I'd say that this is genuine Thai food. Worth every penny....


Amazing food... Great value. I don't think this reviewer knows what they're talking about!!! I can only imagine they didn't really go to Tippy's!


OMG, what was Time Out thinking? The food at this place is AMAZING! Tippy is a great host. The food is authentically Thai. I'm going back tonight. Can't wait!


If you can look past the exterior (& interior perhaps) you'll find EXCELLENT food and a very friendly atmosphere. Not necessarily, the best place for a first date, nonetheless this cafe is a must go! Pad thai is cooked to perfection!


Inexpensive tasty stir-fries, soups and starters with BYOB policy to boot make this charming local a must!