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101 Thai Kitchen (Hammersmith) [London]


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101 Thai Kitchen (Hammersmith) [London]

JFores | Apr 22, 2009 08:22 AM

I just ate at the best Thai restaurant in London.

When we first walked in we were pleasantly greeted by second brightest and most garish interior of any restaurant I've ever been to. Thankfully the 1st (3rd and 4th) brightest and most garish interiors are all at my favorite Thai restaurants in New York. I knew we struck gold! There's just something about a Thai restaurant that's painted the brightest and most non-matching mix of colors you can think up that says quality.

Our waiter was very friendly and obliged our Thai spicy. We ordered the laab gai, the som tum, and the mixed seafood soup which is basically a tom yum with a variety of seafood rather than just prawns.

Everything was AMAZINGLY good.

The laab gai came first with a bowl of lettuce and fried crispy fish maws to make wraps. Oh yes, their sticky rice is also VERY good. The laab was some of the best I've ever had, but it was pretty much lacking in spice. Not in a bad way, but in a way that made me think they had still knocked down the spice level.

I was wrong!

The som tum and the soup were both packed with chillies, but still deliciously flavored. They both had a perfect balance of salty, citrusy, and spicy. The som tum portion was also quite generous. Really incredible stuff. Not Srip or Chao Thai level, but great som tum. The laab is IMO better than Srip but not Chao. The soup was great but not on par with Nusura or Chao, but muuuch better than Srip (which IMO can't do soup.)

I can't wait to go back. It's very far for me, but it didn't take terribly long (we went from Canada Water after we found that Cafe East closed early because it ran out of food and that it's sister restaurant at the old location closed early in order to help stock up Cafe East for the next day.

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