Thai Pad Thai – Authentic Thai restaurant and takeaway in Seven Dials
Monday 11th January, 7.18pm
28 mins – quoted between 40 – 90mins
- Sweetcorn cakes
- Chicken massaman curry
- Jasmine rice
- Spicy prawn crackers
£17.10 inc. delivery (minimum order £15.00 for free delivery)
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I was sat in the dining area at the hostel on a remote beach on Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand when I first experienced Massaman Curry. It was love at first bite and for the six weeks I travelled throughout the country it was an affair that continued, though I did often cheat on it with many other tantalising Thai dishes.
As you can probably tell, Thai is one of my favourite cuisine types. The mixture and freshness of flavours such as lemongrass, lime and chilli always creates little explosions of joy in my mouth (sounds saucy hey) that are almost drug like.
When trying a new Thai takeaway for the first time I always start with my favourite dish as a benchmark on whether to re-order. Alongside the Massaman and driven as is often the case by the curse of single takeaway dining – the minimum charge for free delivery, I had opted for a starter of sweetcorn cakes and a side of spicy prawn crackers. I will often order more than I can necessarily eat to meet the minimum requirement and have the leftovers the next day.
The four fritters were a decent size and came sat upon an unnecessary sprinkling of salad garnish, which upon arrival was soggy and inedible. The flavour was overly sweet, almost dessert pancake like and the only distinguishable flavour outside of the batter was lime. I ate two with a liberal helping of the accompanying Thai sweet chilli sauce to add some flavour. Wanting to ensure I left room for the curry, I put the others aside for tomorrow.
The spicy crackers were as good as any I had had, not as greasy as Chinese prawn crackers often are; they were crisp and had a nice kick and I found myself constantly reaching for more.
The curry looked pretty good, an earthy brown with large chunks of chicken, potato and a generous amount of peanuts. The sauce didn’t appear overly oily and smelt close to how I remembered it during my travels. The main thing that stood out was there just wasn’t that much of it, especially considering there was an equal size dish of jasmine rice. It would seem like I would have to buy lunch tomorrow after all.
For the first couple of bites the flavour seemed ok. The chicken was tender and the potatoes soft. By the fourth mouthful though I became rather thirsty, and each subsequent mouthful had a saltier edge. I took to eating some of the plain rice I hadn’t added to my plate in between to counter this and eventually just picked out the chicken and potatoes leaving much of the sauce. Glad now I had the crackers and remaining fritters I finished those and discarded the rest.
I am always going to be slightly more critical of Thai food having experienced the real thing from street vendors many times, but sadly this really didn’t come close enough for me. As they name themselves after pad thai, one of the countries classic dishes, this may be more of their speciality. It certainly didn’t represent value for money and without being too harsh I may have enjoyed a Tesco Finest microwave equivalent just as much.
It would seem my search for a real reminder of my Thai adventure from the comfort of my own couch continues.
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