Country Cuisine Tour - Thailand
Based in Lancaster Gate, Nipa is classed as a world renowned and award-winning Thai restaurant which is quietly hidden away in the Royal Lancaster Hotel. With an ambiance which focuses on the soulful and sophisticated culture of Thailand combined with its delicious authentic cuisine, you'll feel like you've stepped off the plane in Bangkok. The staff are famously warm and welcoming with the food's attention to detail legendary. The menu is extensive with an A la carte menu offering a range of appetisers including curries, pan fired dishes and salads, all prepared freshly on the day.
Having the honour of being the 'First North-East style Thai Restaurant in London' having opened in 1992, Esarn Kheaw in Shepherd's Bush is a must visit for all the Thai food fans out there. Known for its Isan cuisine, the dish of the Isan people is Papaya Salad, which is the restaurants signature dish. Another cuisine favourite of Isan that features on the menu is 'Tamarind', which is a spicy sticky rice concoction is an essential one to try. Wash down all that delicious good with Thailand's favourite drinks including coffee and iced tea!
With 12 locations across London, Rosa's Thai Cafe, is the ideal place to visit for a spot of lunch or a light early evening snack. The venues are normally small though the service is efficient with affordable prices. For the delectable steaming bowls of quality pad-thai, tom yum and massaman curry, it's a sure-fire winner! The Cafe's main ethos is on sustainability after the co-founder, Saiphin 'Rosa' Moore grew up on a farm owned by her parents which had an aim to produce local fish and meat. Therefore, the restaurant tries to reduce its impact on the environment!
This beautifully decorated Thai restaurant has been designed to offer a relaxed atmosphere to yoru dining expereince whilst blends delciously delicate spices and flavours. With locations in Chelsea and Fulham Sukho Thai Cuisine has top-notch pan-Asian dishes based on the tradtional and extravagent for you to indulge in. Internationally and seasonally plates are always changing so you'll always find something different when you visit!
The Begging Bowl is a trendy Peckham restaurant serving up small-plate dishes inspired by Thai street food. With chillies, herbs and spices making a regular appearance in their curries, soups, sti-fries and fishcakes, your mouth will be delightfully met with fabulous flavours! And for you Thai fanatics out there 'Begging Bowl' is an important part of Thai culture hailing back to Buddhist traditions of making merit and the community spirit it inspires.
When discussing great Thai food, the Smoking Goat in Shoreditch is a dive-bar turned-Thai restaurant which has kept its old, hidden boozer touch. The small menu focuses heavily on hefty chunks of marinated and grilled meat which is cooked to perfection to ensure its ludicrously tender and beautifully tasty. One of the main dishes to try is their flavoursome lamb ribs basted in fermented shrimp, chili and palm sugar, with fish sauce chicken wings!