The smell of basil, the heat of chili, the soothing essence of ginger, and the tangy taste of fresh lime. These will make you crave for Thai food.
Thai Restaurants in London
The Begging Bowl
Located in Peckham, this curiously named Thai and Vietnamese restaurant is as close as you can get to Thailand when you’re in London. They serve authentic yet trendy Thai street food served in beautifully painted dishes and bowls. Want to go crazy with rice? Get it unlimited for just £1. Pair that bowl of rice with stir-fry tofu and shiitake or that sticky pork shin slow-cooked to perfection.
Address: 168 Bellenden Road, London, England, SE15 4BW
If homely, genuine Thai ambiance is what you’re looking for, Esarn Kheaw is the place to be. This family-run restaurant offers homemade charming dishes like Thai sausage that are typically sour and tangy. Esarn Kheaw is a replica of a typical marketplace restaurant in Thailand. Prices are reasonable and the food is as authentic as Northern Thailand dishes can be. That’s why it attracts a lot of Thai customers.
Address: 314 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, England, W12 7LJ
The Smoking Goat
Thais have always been fond of barbecued meat and The Smoking Goat, located in Soho, is a great place to get a taste of those wood-fire grilled dishes. The sticky and sweet chicken wings marinated with authentic Thai fish sauce is a definite must-try. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as cutleries don’t have a place in The Smoking Goat. Their food will get you licking all the sauce and using your bare hands to fully enjoy them.
Address: 64 Shoreditch High Street, London, England, E1 6JJ
This restaurant will have you looking for a dark basement in Paddington. And although it may lack fancy décor, the dishes are truly flavorsome. The Heron boasts of north-eastern Thai dishes which translates to punchy papaya salads and tongue-burning, eye-watering dishes like their hot and sour soups. Be aware though, that ‘spicy’ in Thailand might be too much for the local Londoner. But it can also be the best excuse to gulp down bottles of authentic Thai Beer.
Address: Norfolk Crescent, London, England, W2 2DN
Patara is one of the more famous Thai restaurant chains in London. Imported directly from Bangkok, this restaurant has seen some changes in their menu but plenty of genuine dishes have remained. The sea bass wrapped in banana leaf is highly recommended. The tables are close to each other and their restaurants are small but they’re cozy and gives you an experience of eating in a hot Thai market.
Address: 7 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, England, W1S 2QB
You see a lot of their branches in London that you may have walk past one without noticing. Offering simple yet tasty dishes, Busaba has been the locals’ go-to place when they crave for Thai cuisine. The ambiance is stylish and sleek and is filled with essences of dark wood, orchids, and incense. Try their chargrilled duck breast or their squid calamari.
Address: 106-110 Wardour Street, Soho, London, England, W1F OTR