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Published December 3rd 2014
An elegant Thai restaurant near Buckingham Palace
I was pleasantly surprised to be taken one evening to this seemingly authentic, semi fine dining Thai restaurant a stone's throw away from Victoria train station. Everything from the dim lighting mimicking a candle lit ambience intended to relax the senses after a long day at work, to the dark wooden tables oozing a royal richness pleasing to the eyes, all the way to what looked like cutlery made of shining silver, but of course it wasn't real silver; transformed the venue from casual dining lunchtime eatery into an elegant, almost fine dining evening restaurant.
Going back a step, if you have read my previous articles, what I meant by 'pleasantly surprised' simply alludes to the fact that to date I hadn't seen many really authentic oriental Asian cuisines in London yet, mostly the restaurant scene seemed to be dominated by Asian referring to Indian, or Italian/ European cuisines. Not that there weren't any of course, just not as many as I expected.
So that evening was in fact a Thursday night, and it was quite a busy place despite the large floor space with multiple seating options. When we first arrived, we were shown into the bar near the entrance with a TV playing sport, whilst we waited for our other couple friends to arrive. So there we were sipping on one of the many fruity mocktails after having dropped off our coats in the cloak room, which was quite a nice luxury to have.
This eased us into dinner and an early weekend mode after battling the traffic and routine of everyday living in London, a sanctuary if you like. The service was pleasant, and our meals arrived at pretty much an average time you'd expect for a reasonable well run place. The food was presented beautifully, rice and vegetables served on half a pineapple; you'll see what I mean. However, I think the presentation was a slight distraction perhaps from the taste of the food itself and the relatively small- ish quantities of the serving sizes. The vegetarian pad thai and the red curry were quite nice actually, but perhaps not magnificent to equal the appearances.