REVIEW – Love You Long Thai. (now called Thai pod), Leopold Place.

*****

Don't miss the restaurant

Savoury food outstanding, desserts disappointing in size.

Update March 22nd 2011.  This restaurant is now called Thai-pad and we’ve been informed that it’s the same great chefs that are working here.  The takeaway is called Thai-pod.

Blink and you may miss the entrance to Love You Long Thai on Leopold Place, but since this was our second visit, we knew the insides were worth visiting.  

A couple of minutes passed before we were acknowledged and shown to our table. Once settled, we allowed the owner to explain the extensive menu to us and although the pre-theatre choice was appealing at £12.95 for two courses or £14.95 for three, we decided to opt for a la carte.  

It was also explained that dishes would served on a spicy scale of 1 – 5, with 5 being the spiciest. 

The food 

I started off with Peak Gai Tord (£5.85) whilst my dining partner chose Tom Yum soup with mixed seafood  (£5.95).  My option with the tender chicken pieces in herb breadcrumbs was delicious and accompanied by freshly-made sweet chilli sauce.  The soup was generously filled with prawns, calamari and mussels and provided no complaints from across the table.  

We chose Singha beers to go with our meal, priced at £3 each, but you can also choose from a selection of wines starting at around the £12 mark per bottle.  

Tom yum starter

For the main event, I opted for the Massaman red curry (£9.95) which was also a generous portion, consisting of succulent chicken, potato, onion and roasted cashew nuts which we ended up sharing once the other side of the table tasted a mouthful and agreed in its quality. 

My dining partner was ravenous and chose the Duck Pad Thai (£12.25).  The portion of chilli flakes that came on the plate was huge, but every single one was used in combination with the cashew nuts and lime that added further flavour to this perfectly cooked dish.  

We had chosen two side dishes of rice since the choice was so tempting.  The Kao Neow sticky rice (£2.75) was perfect to soak up the curry sauces with and the Kao Pad Spinach (£2.65) was a refreshing change to standard Jasmine rice.  

We couldn’t fault the food in Love You Long Thai and we give full compliments to the chefs, but the service maybe a little over the top for some.  We enjoyed talking all things South East Asia with the owner in between courses, but some people just like to order and have their own conversations.  The lighting was romantic, but not practical for reading the menu.  

Duck Pad Thai

We opted for dessert since we were on a roll with eating everything in sight and chose the Kao Neow Pak  (£3.95) which consisted of (more) rice in a pudding format with sliced mango and coconut sauce which was lovely, but not amazing.  The other dessert brought to the table was the Love You Long Thai Banana Pudding  (£3.95).   

The pudding was small by any one’s standards and definitely not enough to share.  It was served warm and tasted as you would expect, but certainly didn’t continue the theme of fantastic food.  A disappointing ending.  

Love You Long Thai’s savoury food choices cannot be faulted, but the desserts did not live up to expectations.  

Having previously dined here, we knew we had to pay cash since their machine still ‘isn’t working’. This has been the case for months now and needs to be rectified soon as the owners can’t expect diners to have enough cash on them for a meal, or face a walk to the nearest cash line.  

Opening hours:  Tuesday – Sunday  5pm-late.    Closed Mondays. 

Suitable for disabled?  No, the restaurant is down a set of stairs.  

Small banana pudding

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