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SOM SAA

43A Commercial St, London E1 6BD, UK
Aldgate East

Som Saa is all about regional Thai dishes made using a mix of seasonal British and authentic Asian produce. Their famed for their Bangkok HOT som tam but everything packs a serious punch here – the whole deep fried seabass and northern style herbal curry of Dexter beef shin are ESPECIALLY delish. The Thai inspired cocktail list is well worth a look too, you won’t see drinks like those many other places in town.

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KILN

58 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9TL, UK
Piccadilly Circus

It was named the UK’s best restaurant at the 2018 National Restaurant Awards and we can confirm that Kiln defo lives up to the hype. The food is inspired by the Thai borderlands, including Burmese and Yunanese spices and flavours, and there’s lots of cooking over open fire. The jungle curry of brill is a winner (and spicy too) and the claypot baked glass noodles are an absolute must-order too.

KRAPOW

62 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LS, UK
Homerton

Krapow’s mission is to prove to Londoners that there is so much more to Thai food than Pad Thai and Green Curry – and they’ve nailed it. It’s cheap and cheerful but the food is bang on. The menu is pretty short, with a few small dishes and larger plates to choose from, so you can work your way through a good chunk of the menu. We loved the ‘Sai Oua’, a smoked Chang Mai-style sausage; the turkey larb salad; and the ‘Son In Law’ eggs, deep fried and served with a sweet tamarind dip. If the special of Thai Fried Chicken is on when you visit, we can absolutely recommend that too.

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SMOKING GOAT

64 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ, UK
Shoreditch High Street

After setting up shop in Soho, Shoreditch is now the place to come for smokey, BBQ Thai food inspired by the grub you’d get in late-night canteens in Bangkok. We love their freshly made rotis, goat krapow, turmeric crab curry and lardo fried rice. It’s all a world away from cheap pad thai and prawn crackers and has been part of a wave of restaurants that woke London up to proper Thai food. They also do a mean breakfast menu on weekends too…hello curried saffron eggs.

ROSA'S THAI CAFE

246 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NA, UK
Fulham Broadway West Brompton

Rosa’s Thai Cafe has sites scattered across London and all we can say is… keep them coming! The serve up the Thai classics we’ve come to know and love, including pad thai, tom yum, massaman curry and drunken noodles, and the Chelsea branch is the first one with its own bar so don’t skip the boozy Thai iced tea.

THE BEGGING BOWL

The Begging Bowl, Bellenden Road, London, UK
Peckham Rye

Inspired by Buddhist traditions and all the provinces of Thailand, The Begging Bowl serves up a short but varied menu featuring dishes smoked mackerel, pomelo, galangal and peanuts in betel leaf; deep fried whole seabass with green mango and tamarind and chilli caramel dressing; turmeric, black pepper and braised pig cheek curry; and charcoal grilled celeriac with peanut curry and pickled ginger. It’s a real local fave so it’s defo one to check out when you’re down Peckham way.

SINGBURI

593 High Rd Leytonstone, Leytonstone, London E11 4PA, UK
Leytonstone High Road

Singburi is the type of place you just have to know about because unless you’re a Leytonstone local, you’d likely never come across it. It’s cash-only, BYOB and the service is relaxed to say the least (you’ll probably have to ring multiple times to try and book a table, and you’ll definitely have to repeat your requests for water once you’re in there). It’s all worth it though because this little joint is serving some of the best Thai food in town, and at ridiculously reasonable prices too. The main menu is full of the classics, all very well done, but you’ll want to focus on the specials blackboard here. The moo krob (crispy pork belly) is a must, and if you see it chalked up on your visit, you can’t go wrong with the whole steamed seabass with ginger and shiitake mushrooms or the beef short rib curry. SO GOOD.

FARANG

72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE, UK
Arsenal

Sebby Holmes earned his stripes at some of the best Thai restaurants in London, including Begging Bowl and a stint as head chef a the original (now closed) Smoking Goat in Soho. Now at Farang he’s cooking up modern Thai grub, with dishes like crispy duck wontons with plum dipping sauce;‘Miang’ – minced prawn in betel leaves; and braised beef cheeks with mustard greens. The weekend Drunken Noodle menu sounds pretty epic too, especially the eponymous ‘Drunken Noodles’ – a tea smoked duck breast stir-fried with pak choi, sweet basil, wild ginger, chilli, garlic and flat rice noodles.

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BUSABA

Busaba Covent Garden, Floral Street, London, UK
Covent Garden

For the times you want casual but quality Thai food, you just can’t beat Busaba. Their menu includes everything from avocado and Asian hot mint salad to guinea fowl stir-fry to red mullet, pineapple and betel leaf curry to snake bean som tam. PLUS they’ve not forgotten about vegans either, with the likes of sriracha ho fun noodle, superfood yam pak and pumpkin green curry.

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