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Mar 20, 2011 10:11 AM

Best Thai food London

Whats the best place for Thai food in London apart from David Thompsons Nahm restaurant?

Halkin St, London, England SW1X 7, GB

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  1. Thai 101 in Hammersmith is my favourite.

    352 King Street Hammersmith London W6 0RX

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    1. re: NorthernFood

      ^ definitely

      order from the specials board, or the front half of the menu, and you will eat super well (altho kua kling is somewhere in the middle of the menu + it is amazing)

      1. re: t_g

        agreed...Thai 101 is the best Thai restaurant i've been to outside of Thailand

      2. re: NorthernFood

        Certainly heard a lot of good things about this place. Placemark:

        Thai 101
        352 King St, Hammersmith, England W6 0RX, United Kingdom

      3. Some highlights at a recent meal limster & I had at Thai 101:

        - Laab ped: minced duckmeat salad flavored with chilli, lime, toasted ground rice (not evident here though), fresh coriander root, mint leaves. Tasty, spicy, less salty than Bangkok versions;

        - Spicy stir-fried prawns with sator (stink beans) & long beans. This dish was ultra-spicy & ultra-delicious. Must-not-miss!

        - Pad Krapow with crisp-fried seabass fillets: the fish was not the crispy-crunchy type we expected, but batter-coated fillets - stir-fried with chillis, lemongrass, garlic, coriander leaves;

        - Gaeng daeng gai (chicken red curry), which was very piquant, despite the chilli & nam pla content being toned down here.

        Loved the platter of raw vegetables & pork crackling which came with every order. Bring an Isaan restaurant, little basketfuls of khao niew (steamed glutinous rice) is de riguer, although they sadly ran out of Isaan sausages the evening we were there.

        For dessert, the Thai pumpkin-palm sugar pudding was nice,. Also enjoyed the refreshing tub tim krob.

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        1. re: klyeoh

          the thing that you've labelled 'Pad Krapow with crisp-fried seabass fillets' looks like the laotian fish salad?

          1. re: t_g

            You are right - we asked the waitress to recommend us their specialties so this could indeed be the Laotian fish dish.

          2. re: klyeoh

            The menu is quite different since I was last there nearly 2 years ago. Echo the love for the superb stir-fried prawns -- wonderful combination of pungency and spice, the prawns were perfectly textured, snapping and ripping easily on the teeth. Wonder if the less "generic" southern thai dishes would also be good. Will have more to try next time!

            Loved the pork cracklings (crispy and pleasantly dry), added that to everything! The duck laab had all the right ingredients, including nice bits of gizzards, but I also felt that it was somewhat underpowered, that more spice and herbs would make it even better. I think I liked the fish salad a bit more for that reason.

            Will have to ask for extra spicy (and by that I don't mean just the heat levels) next time; they seemed really accommodating, so it shouldn't be a problem.

            In terms of flavour nuance and balance, for the moment I'd give Kaosarn an edge, but with the caveat that it's not a comparison of the same dishes. Will obviously need to work through 101's menu more.

            1. re: limster

              still havent made it to kaosarn, last time i was in brixton i had a look but the menu seemed kind of unadventurous so i went elsewhere (this was before yr chowdown review) will definitely be trying it next time im there tho... but for other places, at the moment i would say that the heron is giving 101 a good run for its money (and they do yam pla dok foo which is one of my fav thai dishes)

              1. re: t_g

                The menu at Kaosarn is really basic, but basic stuff done at a much higher level than most. Would be good to have more opinions/comments about the place, so I'm looking forward to the posts from yourself and others.

          3. i'm quite fond of Thai Rice in portobello.

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            1. re: jonY


              no offense, but ThRice isn't even in the same ballpark...glad you've enjoyed some mealsthere, but hop on the underground and check out Thai 101 one's real Thai food...Thai Rice is not...

              1. re: Simon

                none taken. I must be seriously missing out! now i really have an urge to make my way out there.

                1. re: jonY

                  hi jonY,

                  yes, i definitely think it's a fun rec is to a) scout the various dishes people have rec'd on chowhound, and b) go w/ at least one more person: solo would be fun too, but the more dishes you can try the better, since some may be fishier/spicier/etc than any one person might love and it's a matter of personal to try 4 or 5 dishes will give you a better sense of the place, the more the merrier...

                  Definitely a fun group outing...hope you enjoy and please report back :) Simon

            2. I love Fitou's thai restaurant in West London. It's a bit out of the way but it does amazing curies. Lots of choice on the menu and it's SO cheap!