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“Non of the above.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Awesome Thai

Awesome Thai
Ranked #23 of 22,202 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Modern Classic Thai Cuisine. Beautifully executed cooking is the hallmark of this new Thai restaurant, situated opposite the old Olympic Studios on Church Road in Barnes. It's the first restaurant opening for its owners who have worked in luxury hotel restaurants prior to starting this new venture. For little more than the price of the average Thai take-away you get fresh and well-sourced ingredients, clear flavours and a very high level of friendly service.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Non of the above.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Being a bookbinder I have been lucky to have worked, lived and traveled around South East Asia for the last 20 odd years. I have been fortunate enough to have had some fantastic food in great places. I remember the first time I went to Tokyo (some 2 passports ago) My friends there wanted to take me out and because they thought I was home sick took me to the "English Pub" This turned out to be a themed pub in Shinjuku Ku. Efforts had been made, there was a dart board but sadly no darts as these were deemed to dangerous. The only European beer was Guinness, and to cap it off a rather old poster of Princess Di. We had fun, I smiled and said all the right things, joked about the post cards and other gaudy trinkets of London designed to make you feel that you were in a London pub. I joined in the singing and watched base ball on the telly. The owners had tried but it was a pastiche and I suppose for those who had never been in a pub in London this was the real deal. They left happy and speaking a sort of mokney, I left realising how difficult it is to transplant something that is so special into a different culture. Since then, people travel more and what was once the far off destination/adventure has become the package holiday. In short we have become more aware of what is and what is not.

London is blessed with restaurants of many cultures. Some get near the real deal. However, many rely on withered calendars, loud music and special homely touches that are neither special or homely, staff look dejected with service and food that is perfunctory. Or, everything is over compensated for. The fixed company smile, either being ignored or asked every five minutes if everything is ok, the corporate designed interior and food that intends to beguile the eye in its modernism and sparseness whilst claiming to be authentic. Needless to say I often leave with an uneasy feeling of disappointment.

Awesome Thai is non of the above.

Awesome concentrates on what is important when going out for a meal. Food, company and value.

I feel the key to good Thai food is blending freshness of ingredients and simplicity. The chef at Awesome has the ability to make every dish seem effortless, as if it happens naturally. Nothing is overworked or overcomplicated. The taste is crisp and light, the spices work together with no one element of the food overpowering the other, there is honesty coupled with a confident balance.
The service is attentive without being overbearing, one feels that the staff enjoy working there. Indeed there is a warm, friendly buzz. You can ask for advise without being made to feel an idiot. If you want more or less spices.. ask. The wine I have no knowledge as I am a beer man.

The dishes are ample sufficiency. There are no huge surprises when the bill arrives.

As for the company you take, that is your choice.

To sum up, well worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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4 Thank mark c
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“KNOCK OUT !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

a warm reception preceded a superb meal. Really tasty thai food, lovingly prepared, spicy, tasty and varied.
Great service - faultless
we shall be back!

  • Visited June 2014
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“My favourite place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

I am a regular at Awesome Thai - and that is because it's consistently the best food and service you could wish for. Lert, Pam and the team make every customer feel special and nothing is too much trouble. Try the lamb chops for a Thai take on a British classic (with special mint sauce!). I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a delicious meal and an all round great dining experience.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Great service, beautiful food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

I have been here on a number of occasions. My husband has spent a long time in Thailand and cooks an excellent Thai curry himself and therefore he tends to steer clear of eating out in Thai restaurants in the UK as he doesn't find the food very authentic. However, I tried this restaurant with my mother and our reviews were so enthusiastic we convinced him to give it a try. I think it is safe to say he was very pleasantly surprised - and he particularly recommends the beef massaman curry. We've since gone back again because he liked it so much.

The atmosphere is very pleasant, there is a great range of dishes and the staff are unfailingly polite, friendly and patient. They really couldn't be nicer! Try the Awesome Thai and you are guaranteed a lovely evening out.

  • Visited April 2014
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“Tasty food and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Literally ended up booking here last minute due to us originally being booked at another Thai restaurant who were completely rude to me and my partner. It was definitely a blessing in disguise because this restaurant, firstly looked so much nicer.

The staff were very friendly and attentive. Couldn't ask for anything more from them.

The food was very tasty. Very authentic Thai Food, presented well and most enjoyable.

It was a far journey away but definitely a well worth journey. Will definitely be a place i'd return to in the near future. Thank you

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JayW8807
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