Thai Thai stands out like a red palace on Old Street, spanning two shops with full length windows and the typical Thai ornaments of Buddha and carved wooden statues. The interior was less insistent on the theme, however; ceiling decorated with stained glass, large Turkish chandelier and a big red candle on a silver holder on each table, just like the ones used in chapels. Perhaps in very dim lights, the décor would somehow blend and merge, but under natural lights, it looked like the owner had lots of impulsive purchases from the Portobello Market.
Tom Yum Gai
Isn’t this soup supposed to be super spicy with a healthy squeeze of limey sting and lemongrass charm? This bowl of chicken broth with lame frozen chicken (breast) pieces and shite load of floating mushroom is, dare I say, crap.
Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic & Pepper
Most soft shell crabs are served in a heavy seasoned batter; this looks much lighter with more crab meat and less coat. Sadly it was a bland starter. There were a few crumbs of deep fried garlic sitting on the crab, but really it needed a lot more to cover the whole thing.
Grilled River Prawns in a mild curry paste
The river prawns were perfectly grilled, bouncy and slightly charred on the edge and extremely meaty. Okay river prawns are not sweet and rather flavourless, but the curry paste made up for the flavours, which was fragrant with coconut milk and only slightly spicy. This went so well with the coconut rice. May I suggest serving 4 prawns of similar sizes though? There were two king prawns and two kid-size ones under the garnish.
Red Curry with Duck
Since I don’t eat chicken breast, I tend to steer away from green curry chicken. And red curry duck rarely disappoints with a bit of pineapple. This tasted wrong. It didn’t taste bad, just wrong, as in it didn’t taste like a red curry. I still can’t put a finger on what went wrong; I think it’s because the curry was somewhat salty and clashed with the sweet fruits, or they put too little curry paste in the sauce, or too much duck? Oh I don’t know, it was just downright strange.
They don’t even have mango sticky-rice on the dessert menu… The tables, with small squares carved out so I could stare at my shoes if I wanted to, are extremely unappetising when I can see wax, dirt and dust stuck in the wells. Get rid of the crap, or the tables altogether.
I am still struggling to find good Thai in East London. And after this meal I am wondering if I will ever find a good Thai restaurant here.
110 Old Street
Tel: 0207 490 5230