Restaurant Assessment: Thai Sq., Shaftesbury Avenue, London

When the concierge of a extremely revered lodge beneficial Thai Sq. in Shaftesbury Avenue for dinner throughout a keep in Covent Backyard, I used to be wanting ahead to an exquisite eating expertise. 

Thai Sq.’s web site rhapsodises its delicacies and decor. And a reassuring assertion from their CEO, Haim Danous, declares: “Our components are hand-selected and flown in direct from Thailand every single day. Our Thai cooks current a meticulous collection of greater than 1,000 genuine Thai dishes, with uniquely contemporary flavours and a kick from chillies”.


So it was slightly disappointing when strolling into the restaurant that it appeared nothing greater than a lobby. Dingy lighting, easy wooden tables and little decor to talk of. This was as distant from cosy as, say, London is to Timbuktu.

In the back of the lobby have been vibrant doorways. There appeared to be enjoyable and music on the opposite facet. We thought maybe the true restaurant was to be discovered on the opposite facet of them. It seems it was a separate membership.

Have been we within the twilight zone? This restaurant got here beneficial and has acquired accolades courting way back to 2016.

My accomplice and I weighed up our choices. Lets keep in an atmosphere that wasn’t inviting or go away? Rereading a discover about their accolades within the doorway, we surmised that that is a type of eating places whose meals was higher than its look. The meals, we concluded, have to be distinctive.

We sat at our desk. We moved a chair to be nearer to one another and in a flurry of shock and horror the waiter was fast “Not allowed, others will thoughts”. A fast straw ballot, and nobody did. Calm was restored.

Menus got here, we selected and managed to catch the attention of one of many waiters – they have been a sprightly black-clad workforce slip-sliding throughout the lobby flooring at ninja velocity.

The Meals

We ordered the Gold set menu. This began with rooster soup. It was okay, a bit too oily for my style. My accomplice downed his.

For the second course, the waiter appeared comfortable to trade the shrimps for one thing else (I’ve an allergy). This turned out to be a pair extra spring rolls. Maybe one thing obtained misplaced in translation. However hey, truly, I like spring rolls.

On the intense facet, the beer was chilly. 

Then the principle course. Duck with cashew nuts and a dish known as Weeping Tiger. I’m a fan of this Northeastern Thai dish cooked from a brisket of beef. However one chunk, and it wasn’t simply the tiger that was weeping.

The meat was powerful when it ought to have been gentle, darkish when it ought to have been pink and dry when it ought to have been juicy. The duck was connoisseur, by comparability, however nonetheless solely rated as “mediocre” by my accomplice. The rice was edible, and the noodles, nicely, have been noodles.

On the intense facet, the beer was chilly. 

So after simply a few bites, we determined to go away. Shockingly they didn’t acknowledge the truth that we hardly touched the dinner. Nevertheless, they did ask if we needed a doggie bag. We stated no, we couldn’t eat it. So we paid the invoice and left.

Verdict: This meal price £100 for the 2 of us (included a few Chang beers and a Mai Tai cocktail). Frankly, I’d have been higher off spending that cash on a pair of strolling sneakers to hotfoot it out of that restaurant.

HOWEVER: this might have been a one-off unhealthy night time. I’ve emailed the restaurant for  remark. If I get a solution I’ll replace this overview.

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