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Feb 17, 2008 04:07 AM

Esarn Kheaw - Shepherd's Bush

Finally sampled food from this place last night but it was takeaway and I didn't get to eat the food until 2 hours after I had collected it.

I ordered minced catfish larb salad, home made thai sausage and pad thai. Enjoyed the sausages quite a lot, they were served with some toasted peanuts and garlic. Also liked the pad thai, good noodle and ingredient quality perhaps slightly oversweet. The catfish salad was not what I was expecting in that the catfish was moist rather than crispy, it hadn't been deep fried in the style that I enjoyed when living in Bangkok last year; initially I wasn't sure whether I liked it but it grew on me after a few mouthfuls. Chilli factor was midling, I didn't request Thai spicy or equivalent. Not the cheapest at £17.90 for the above with generous portion pad thai but stingy catfish portion size for £7.95, enough to feed 2 I guess.

Overall enough promise in what I ate and what I saw on the menu for me to want to revisit with a group and order a wider array of items and eat fresh in the restaurant.

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  1. looks good! it at least isnt the generic thai menu.

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    1. re: howler

      nope not just generic. it's got some regionality (or purports to have some regionality) from Isan province which is NE Thailand near the border with Laos. chef is from that region i believe.

      yesterday lunchtime i threw all the leftovers together in a pot and warmed them up on the stove, pretty delicious actually, lots of different, interesting flavours going on, i will revisit.

    2. Thanks for that oonth. I work near there and have been meaning to try it for while. My shifts are so long though that I never have the time to go. Do you know if they deliver locally, as maybe I can get my colleagues to swap the traditional Saturday night curry (yes, I have to work Saturday nights sometimes) for Thai!

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      1. re: greedygirl

        I'm fairly certain that I saw a delivery option when I was there but why not give them a call and confirm.

        I can't believe that the Shepherd's Bush curry options are that great (tell me otherwise if I'm wrong) so definitely give Esarn Kheaw a go.

        1. re: oonth

          They're not, but way better than the BBC canteen, and it cheers you up when you have to be at work on a Saturday night.

      2. Thanks for the review. I've been meaning to check this one out since you guys first mentioned it to me.

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        1. re: JFores

          You should try it. And you may find other stuff that interests you along that stretch of Uxbridge Road. For example Quashie's Roti Hut which also has great aromas emanating when I walk by, I need to sample. Years back we used to get goat rotis from another place in Shepherds Bush, I will try and dig up the name and details. Lots of arabic cafes, eateries, grocers on that stretch, there seem to be some good pickings to be had, i need to try a few places out. An interesting looking place at 288 Uxbridge, looks like some kind of Arabic community cafe. I think it may be part Lebanese part Syrian down that stretch, I'm not totally sure, again more probing is required. And you've got the Thai shop at 56 Shepherds Bush Rd so you could combine that as well.

          I'm in NYC this week, looking forward to Yasuda and some other Manhattan faves. Plus will be staying a couple of days with my pal in Bed Stuy so will check out a couple of your Brooklyn and Queens recs.

          1. re: oonth

            Please share any Brooklyn and Queens recommendations on the Outer Boroughs board. Thank you.

            1. re: oonth

              The falafel stall on Uxbridge Road is fantastic, and I am also a big fan of the Nut House, a Lebanese shop which sells mainly, er, nuts (very cheaply) and some dried fruit, baklava and Lebanese coffee with cardmom. DamasGate is a good shop and very good value for olives, haloumi, middle eastern breads etc. I once got a whole crate of cherries from there for a fiver!

          2. i went yesterday.

            there are a lot of testimonials on the wall - even a certificate from the govt of thailand attesting genuineness.

            didnt have a chance to order too much as it was just two of us. it was ok - certainly miles superior to what passes for thai at your local - but didnt blow me away - i didnt get that urge to return the next day to try even more things out. the standout was the banana dessert.

            the father/son team running the place are warm and hospitable, damn this place OUGHT to be up there with the likes sripraprai.

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            1. re: howler

              shame that it didn't rock your world in any way. out of interest which dishes did you order? and how would you compare it to addies? the search goes on i guess.

              1. re: oonth

                You can't pay any attention to the Thai Govt. awards, they give them to virtually every Thai restaurant in the UK. I read in a catering magazine that its part of a strategy to encourage tourism by increasing awareness. I can't find a link that backs that proposition up, but if you doubt me walk down The Strand past the Thai Square purporting to be the best Thai in the UK, or from your desk do a google search for- thai select award.

                I haven't eaten here and its on my to do list, so please don't view this as a criticism of this particular retaurant, I'm sure the award doesn't proclude it being good!

                1. re: oonth

                  i agree w/ howler - we were here last night + nothing really blew me away. we asked for everything to be spicy + it wasnt at all, just a bit warm, which is always disappointing. 101 thai kitchen is still the best place i've been to in london.