101 Thai Kitchen
352 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RX
- Ravenscourt Park Tube Station (0.5 km)
- Turnham Green Station (0.8 km)
- Contact us:
020 8746 6888
1453 London Road, London SW16 4AQ
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8 reviews of 101 Thai Kitchen in English
This place doesnt disapoint and i live under a minute from it so lucky me!
I adore this place. I just recently moved to from London to Germany and craved 101 Thai so much that I had to schedule a weekend trip to London so I could eat here. That’s how great the food is. The reason it falls short of a full 5* rating is that the service can sometimes be a little slow and forgetful but nonetheless it’s an absolute gem. An authentic, honest canteen-style place that serves wonderful food that would make any Thai proud.
Looking at the many Thais that dine at 101 alone should be a good enough indication of how authentic the food. My personal highlight of every visit to 101 Thai is the Fish Salad Laotian Style – imagine a Thai Beef Salad but with deep fried fish instead. It’s an absolute explosion of flavours.
What’s also great is that they actual serve Asian drinks & desserts that you might not find at every bog standard Thai place. Try the longan drink or the durian & taro ice cream with sticky rice.
I personally am hooked on this place and so are the 20 odd people I have introduced it to (of which most of them are of South-East Asian decent and mad about good food).
If you get a chance to go here - do it.
The food is excellent and quite different from your usual run of the mill Thai food.
Go with lots of people too so you can try as much of the menu as possible - then all book to go again so you can try more from the menu.
You will not be disappointed!
It was recommended by my Thai friend and went there with my another Thai friend. She said she loves everything over there and all dishes are so authentic. I am still thiking about their Tom Kha! Already booked again for this Friday again with my boy friend :) Trust me! You wont regret!
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As my friends live in Hammersmith, they were happy to join me here for dinner. There are few outward signs that this restaurant is special and my friend admitted that she had previously dismissed this casual canteen-like eatery because of its garish exterior. The interior is similarly lurid but the first thing that struck us when we arrived were the large number of Thai diners, which we took to be a good sign.
As well as the usual Thai dishes, the restaurant specialises in the respective home cuisines of the co-owners of the restaurant, namely the Lao-influenced cuisine of the Isaan region and Muslim dishes from the south of the country. There’s also a specials board mainly written in Thai with many of these dishes translated into English in the inside front cover of the menu. There were far too many interesting options and I found it difficult to narrow down my choices.
From the wide selection of snacks and soups, I went for the poh tak soup (£4.25) to start. This is a cleaner alternative to the ubiquitous tom yum but no less tasty with generous amounts of seafood in a hot and sour broth. The soups are available as small or large with the latter being ample for three to four diners.
My friends kicked off with 101 Ways to Heaven (£7.25), a selection of spring rolls, chicken satay, king prawns in pastry, prawn toast, chicken wings w/lemongrass and sweetcorn cakes. They thought these snacks were a tad generic and predictable. I think the soups and dishes like steamed mussels are a better option to start. Alternatively, you could always kick off by sharing one of the salads or grills.
Onto the mains and the undoubted star was my sea bass ‘sour curry’ hot pot (£9.95) – a fried sea bass served with morning glory, water mimosa and radish in a hot and sour curry. This dish was presented in a fish shaped dish atop a mini cooker. Whilst the fish was fully cooked, the vegetables were cooked at the table absorbing the flavours of the curry. The addictive soup-like tamarind based curry was out of this world and everyone dived in for a taste during the meal.
We didn’t really share mains but I stepped into the breach when my friend needed a bit of help with her pepper crab (£8.95). The crab was cooked well and was tasty but if I was choosing, I might have gone for the garlic crab or curried crab instead. Other mains included a chicken panang curry (£6.25), which was rich and spicy and superior noodle dishes such as pad thai w/chicken (£6.25) and pad kee mow w/chicken (£6.50).
We also ordered a few side dishes to share including the legendary Isaan sausages (£6.25). These were every bit as tasty as I hoped with a strong herby flavour. We also liked the screaming nun (£6.25) – battered aubergine with a spicy sauce. Whilst the batter was a tad indelicate, the sauce was very special with the liquorice notes from the Thai basil lifting it to another level. There’s also a quiet nun that pairs up battered aubergine with red curry. I can’t remember much about the pad pak boong (£6.25) – stir-fried morning glory but I guess this was fine too. This just about finished us off and we had no room for desserts.
If I was being ultra critical, I could moan about the tiny wine glasses and the time it took for the coconut rice to arrive. However in mitigation, this isn’t really a place for wine buffs and they didn’t charge for the late arriving rice. In fact the service was pretty good considering it was a busy Saturday night. A special mention goes to our particularly charming and engaging waitress.
Our bill came to £120 including a couple of bottles of Aussie Chardonnay, a beer and a tip. It was a bargain and I think you’d struggle to spend more than £25/head given that the most expensive dish on the menu costs less than a tenner.
Truly excellent !
This place is such a let down...have visited a couple of times and had take away a couple of times and even given it several chances to redeem itself but it always lets itself down with the casual almost detached manner it treats it's customers....
I think it's family owned and run and believe it or not in this case it's a bad thing as they seem far more interested in talking to each other other very loudly in Thai than taking care of business....I once waited over 30 mins for a takeaway only to be told they had forgotten and it would be another 20. Another time.....it took 25 mins for a portion of Som Tum and Pad Thai and the place was empty.
They have thai pop music blaring really loudly with that awful continous disco beat in the background thudding away or the tv on so loud you can't hear yourself speak....
I adore Thai food, Thailand and Thai people and spend a lot of time over there, my sister in law is Thai, my nephews half Thai so it pains me to say this but this place is worth a miss...or they need to think less about yelling at each other and more about their customers.....ouch...harsh but I promise you fair. Having said all that...the food when you do get it is quite ok...not great but not bad.
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