Thai Square restaurant, South Kensington

Thai Square is the most familiar Thai chain in London… there are branches in every area of the city, I often spy the gold sign lurking on street corners and have always wondered about the standard of the cuisine.

The nearest branch to me is just a minute’s walk from my office in South Kensington so it was easy to check it out one lunchtime. Thai is my favourite cuisine, my cravings originate from my dad’s delicious Thai curry and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

The petite restaurant at South Ken is bright inside, friends chat round small wooden tables – it is the ideal place for a quick hot working lunch. We tried the Duck Wraps and Chicken Satay to start. The dishes arrived promptly piping hot, the chicken was tender and nicely marinated with extra sweet nutty sauce. The duck was a little too dry, and looked like it had suffered in the heat, but had a good flavour nonetheless.

For main, my Red Thai Curry was moreish and tasty. The vegetables and meat tender and I couldn’t stop shovelling it in my mouth desperate for more of the dangerously addictive creamy coconut sauce. The accompanying steamed rice was rather dry and flaky and clumped together on my plate. Luckily there was enough of the delicious curry sauce to combine with it. My friend chose Pad Siew, a stir fried noodle dish with chicken, fresh green vegetables and dark soya sauce; texturally it was enjoyable but the flavours were a little bland and a little more seasoning would have helped.

After a few sweet and icy mouthfuls of refreshing mango and passionfruit sorbet, I ran back to work, full and satisfied but not stunned by Thai Square’s fragrant offering.

Visit the Thai Square restaurant website here.

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