Fresh, fragrant, rich and aromatic, everyone loves good Thai food. But let's be real, there are just as many bad Thai restaurants crowding the streets of London as there are good ones. When you get the hankering, you need to know who to turn to. We've got the drop on some of London's best Thai restaurants, so wherever you are in the capital, an Asian extravaganza's just a few clicks away!
A Pan-Asian culinary sensation, Banana Tree offers a unique selection of dishes hailing from all over the Indochina region. Flavour? You bet! With curries, wok-fried rice, soups, noodles and much more, Banana Tree is a real crowd-pleaser. Make no mistake, there's a revolution going on in Thai food, and Banana Tree is right at the heart of it. Malaysian, Singaporean and Vietnamese flavours run through the dishes in a delightful hodgepodge of Oriental yum. Need we say more?
2. Blue Moon
Straight out of Bangkok, this authentic family-run Thai café delivers all the staples. Big, bold and well-balanced, Blue Moon is Thai food as it's meant to be. The chicken satay comes highly recommended, while the green curry, cooked with bamboo shoots, basil leaves and coconut milk, is a real celebration of everything that makes Thai food so good.
3. Busaba Eathai
Busaba is all about serving you food that makes you happy. Mussaman duck, Songkhla beef and satay chicken – these dishes take us back to the simple, rustic origins of Thai cuisine. They make us feel good, and we're sure they'll make you feel good too!
Traditional dishes, skilfully made, Isarn is the gold standard for classic Thai food in London. Every dish is a riot of colour, and the menu offers a range of tasty treats like spring rolls, calamari, salt and pepper squid, pak choi and egg fried rice. We're big fans of the chargrilled chicken satay, a big, succulent humdinger of a starter. What's that? It comes with spicy peanut sauce. Don't mind if we do!
5. Nipa Thai
Bringing the rustic delights of Northern and Central Thailand to the streets of London, Nipa Thai offers intense flavours made from the freshest ingredients around. With herbs and spices flown in straight from Thailand, this is one of the most authentic Thai experiences you can find this side of the Indian Ocean!
6. Pandan Leaf Thai Kitchen
Thai food is all about harmony. It's about the careful balancing of flavour, heat and texture to create a truly stunning culinary experience – and that's what Pandan Leaf Thai Kitchen is all about as well. The chilli lamb comes recommended by the Chef, and who are we to disagree?
East and West come together in Patara, an innovative restaurant that brings new life to the subtle flavours of Thailand. We love the Prawn Tom Yum, a delicious dish of shimeji mushrooms and prawns simmered with kaffir, galangal and lemongrass.
8. The Pepper Tree
Street food, Thai style! Bursting with flavour, The Pepper Tree was voted Time Out's best restaurant in Clapham. Once you've tried their mouth-watering stir fries and sensational curries, you'll understand why! For us, it's all about the chicken Pad Thai, a one-way ticket to Flavourtown that's so good, even we don't know how they did it.
9. Rosa's Thai
Offering a modern take on classic Thai dishes, there's a reason Rosa's Thai went from a Brick Lane market stall to a permanent restaurant in just two years. The restaurant's founder, Saiphin, learnt her trade in a mountain farm in Khao Kho, northern Thailand, and that heritage is more than evident in the luscious food the restaurant serves up. Feast yourself on thick chicken curries, grilled pork neck and drunk noodles – it's indulgent, but you won't care!
One for the connoisseur, Sukho transports us to the heart of what makes Thai food tick. Harmonious and traditional, this deeply flavourful menu features dumplings, crispy Thai tacos and red coconut curries.
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