London has a superb range of Thai restaurants but as with any authentic restaurant in the city, they may not be obvious to find at first glance. Steer away from the large chains and take a look out our whittled down list of the best (in our opinion) Thai restaurants London has to offer. From regional cuisines to well known dishes, this list has them all.
Located on the cramped foodie high street that is Upper Street, the unassuming Isarn can easily be missed. Don’t be fooled by the modern interior with its sleek dark-wood tables and low hanging lights; this intimate restaurant offers an authentic (and most importantly, delicious) Thai experience. Be sure to explore the back of the restaurant and discover the outdoor seating area during the warmer weather.
Found inside a Grade II listed Georgian building, Yum Yum has lavished as much attention over the décor as it has the divine menus, combining chic Thai features with modern Asian design. With a choice of comfy floor seating for the young of knee, private beach-style huts in the courtyard or just a traditional table, you can enjoy Thai dishes in lavish settings.
Ok we do realise the name as well as the exterior look a little grubby, not to mention not Thai. Well, during the day, you’ll be served with some quality café food, a great way to start the morning after a Friday night; and if you don’t manage to leave before dinner time, why not stay for a Thai? Don’t let the shabby exterior put you off; you can’t get more authentic than this low-key, family-run Thai restaurant. A true gem nestled in the heart of Stratford.
Whether Rosa is the brains behind this lovely café we don’t know; but the charm is certainly there. Although busy more often than not, the speed of service makes this a great place for a quiet lunch stop. Rosa’s serve a decent portion of their menu during lunch hours and have a good range of drinks including Thai beers and whisky.
Although widely renowned for its curry houses, Brick Lane is always worth a wander to discover new cuisine experiences or to pick up a piece of bric-a-brac from the markets. Although a tad on the small side, the chunky dark wood furniture and low-level lantern lighting give Kinkao a real cosy and traditional feel. One of the first things you’ll probably notice are the chairs – the most detailed you are ever likely to sit on and a throne fit for the food.