REVIEW: Thai Square, Covent Garden
WHAT? An authentic Thai restaurant chain serving up all the classics – juicy prawns, crispy duck, heavenly noodles and hellishly hot curries.
WHERE? Happily, you’ll find branches of this Thai chain all over London. We visited the large Covent Garden branch, a short walk from Seven Dials.
WHY GO? Ideal for big groups, Thai Square offers fairly good value with a smiling ‘Sawadee ka’. We devoured a range of classic Thai dishes, but there are pan-Asian options, too.
Ordering from the Platinum Set Menu, we started off with the ultimate comfort dish – a pile of steaming aromatic crispy duck and soft pancakes, drizzled with the house special mixed Hoisin sauce.
Next came steamed King scallops with a dash of tangy green curry, followed by the choice of green prawn curry, Phed Makham (aromatic duck), prawns and scallops with asparagus or Weeping Tiger curry – the spiciest in the house, doused with Thai Square’s secret recipe chilli sauce.
We opted for the prawns and scallops, which were juicy and flavoursome, though repetition of duck and green curry for the second course might be better replaced with different options, to add some variety.
Pak choy added some crunch, stir fried with the chef’s special sauce, and Pad Tang Tak satiated our noodle cravings. The cocktails are more than worth a mention, too – the bar you pass upon entry will whip up anything from a mojito or caipirinha to mysterious concoctions like ‘Sex In The Jungle’, and ‘Desperados Berry’.
DETAILS: 166-170 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JB / Platinum Set Menu: 4 courses, £36.50 per person (minimum of two people).