Thai food can be easily recognised by its colourful dishes, fresh ingredients and distinctive flavours. From rich peanut and creamy coconut to zingy lemongrass, Thai food promises to pack a punch and leave you wanting more.
Eat your way through this hand-picked selection of restaurants that guarantee mouth-wateringly delicious Thai food in London!
1. Smoking Goat
Try local Thai delights with a quirky twist, including Kra Pow smoked mutton and crab egg drop curry at Smoking Goat, a laid-back restaurant set in trendy Shoreditch. Check out the brilliantly named cocktail list, including a melon, mezcal and coriander concoction called ‘Snake Eyes’.
Where: Shoreditch (64 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JJ)
2. Nipa Thai
Discover award-winning and authentic Thai cuisine at Nipa Thai, housed in the stunning Royal Lancaster London. Choose from creative dishes bursting with flavour, including fried rice with prawns, stir-fried fresh scallops with asparagus, grilled sirloin beef served with chilli sauce and more.
Where: Lancaster Gate (Royal Lancaster London, W2 2TY)
3. Mango Tree
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a large contemporary dining room at Mango Tree in Belgravia. Savour a range of classic Thai dishes including the popular sharing plates which include a selection of appetizers including grilled chicken satay, duck spring rolls, sesame prawn toast and Thai fish cakes.
Where: Belgravia (46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ)
Tuck into Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine at ULI in Notting Hill. This small, stylish Pan-Asian restaurant serves clean, fresh and healthy dishes including Szechuan chilli prawns, teriyaki black cod and bang bang tofu. Don’t forget to save room for a cocktail and a mouth-watering dessert too!
Where: Notting Hill (5 Ladbroke Rd, W11 3PA)
Experience true Thai specialities at Busaba. Delve into delicious Asian inspired dishes that are made to share, such as Thai salads, soups, stir-fries, curries and wok noodles. A large portion of the menu is also plant-based, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Where: Various locations in London including Covent Garden (44 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA) and Bloomsbury (22 Store Street, WC1E 7DF)
Treat yourself to Thai grill, seafood and claypots at Kiln in Soho. The popular Thai barbecue spot serves up seasonal menus, with dishes including clay pot glass noodles with Tamworth pork belly and brown crab meat and jungle curry with smoked kippers. Grab a no-reservation stool at the counter and soak up the buzzy atmosphere while watching the chefs at work.
Where: Soho (58 Brewer St, W1F 9TL)
7. Som Saa
Let your taste buds be tantalised by the Thai dishes served in Som Saa. Housed in a former fabric warehouse, the menu boasts authentic Thai food including fresh coconut cream with prawns and wild ginger and an aromatic hot and sour soup with tiger prawns, day boat fish, squid and basil. Round up the meal with Thai cocktails served at the open-plan rustic bar area.
Where: Spitalfields (43A Commercial St, E1 6BD)