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chuffing over the Chang

We’re loving the Thai crack at the minute, we just can’t get enough Som Tum (Papaya Salad) down our necks. This time we’ve been eating at Thai Square, the small chain of London restaurants with 11 locations across the capital.

We visited the newest branch on Shaftesbury Avenue in Covent Garden. Inside the restaurant is huge and the decor is “typical” Thai with lanterns, statues and various ornaments and flowers dotted about. Chang beer and prawn crackers were followed by Som Tum and Prawn Tempura – yes, yes you may have noticed a slight trend in our Thai choices over the months.

The Som Tum was one of the most authentic Papaya Salads we’ve had in London, loaded with papaya, sprinkled with dry shrimps and kick ass SPICY! The prawn tempura in a light and crispy batter was another good dish, juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside.

For mains we went for the Chillies Black Cod which isn’t cheap at over £21 but you pay for what you eat. The pan fried Black Cod topped with Thai style chillies sauce and garnished with basil leaves was a winner, the sauce was sticky, sweet and hot – our only grumble was the fish could have been a little bigger.

We were slightly less impressed with the Pad Thai, the dish was just too greasy which overpowered the flavour. On the other hand the sticky rice was all present and correct as were the mixed seasonal vegetables stir fried with soya sauce and garlic. All in all a pleasant meal, excellent service, good surrounds and reasonably priced. Would we recommend it? We would and we’re pretty sure we’ll be back too.

166-170 Shaftesbury Av, WC2H