Thai Square, South Kensington
19 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2HE – closest tube South Kensington
The CEO has quoted that the ingredients used in the award winning Thai Square chain of restaurants, are hand selected and flown in direct from Thailand every day.
I chose to dine in this restaurant because it was a stone’s throw away from the the 2 museums I was visiting. I was able to eat lunch between the two!
The Dining Area
On entering the restaurant, I noticed that it was quite small, though there was additional seating upstairs. Christmas jazz music was playing and the tables, which were quite close together, seated a maximum of 4 people. There were a couple of other solo diners there, as well as a few groups of friends. Free Wifi was available.
The service here was very prompt. My drink order was taken straight away from a very friendly member of staff and after ordering my lunch, it was served within 5 minutes!
At lunchtimes there are several choices of menu: The Bento box at £9.95, an Express Menu between £9.95-12.25 or the a la carte menu.
The Bento Box offers a choice of spring rolls or sweetcorn cakes, followed by lemongrass soup with mushrooms. The main course is a Thai Green chicken curry or a vegetarian alternative. These are served with steamed jasmine rice and mixed vegetables.
Express dishes included Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Fried Rice or Pad Is-ew, which is the dish I chose. This dish is flat rice noodles, stir fried with chicken, mixed vegetables, egg and dark soya sauce – street food in Thailand.
It was served piping hot and tasted fresh. There was just the right amount of soy used so it wasn’t too salty. The crunch from the vegetables complemented the soft noodles.
Each dish has an allergy and level of spice key next to it.
Several cocktails were on offer as well as regular bar drinks. Cocktails included a Thai special consisting of Mekhong, Thai tea and lemon juice priced at £7.95. Mekhong is a golden spirit made from molasses and rice.
A non-alcoholic cocktail which sounded quite unusual was the Lychee Tea… a mixture of lychee juice, Thai tea and lemon juice, costing £5.95.
Thai Square recommends wines from Monsoon Valley to accompany the meal which compliment Thai food. A selection of these are available at £6 for a 175ml glass.
Desserts include ‘specials’ such as green tea ice cream topped with chocolate syrup priced at £4.95 and home made desserts were also available such as ‘Boud Chee’, a hot dessert made with banana in coconut milk £3.75. I chose Kaoneow Mamuang which is a traditional Thai coconut sticky rice with Thai mango. This was delicious. The slightly salty sticky rice was the perfect accompaniment to the sweet, silky mango.
Would I Return?
I would return for lunch as it was quite a quick meal with a mixed clientele. For an evening meal I would want to spend longer here. Because of this I wouldn’t enjoy being so close to the other tables especially if it was ‘couply’. The food was great though and the staff were friendly. The portions were ample so £9.95 for the express Thai meal I chose, offered good value for money too.