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“Simply not too good”
Review of Papaya Tree

Papaya Tree
Ranked #10,728 of 23,992 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$21 - US$42
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South Kensington
Description: This restaurant has been serving Thai food since the 1960's. We have been told by locals that it was one of the first Thai restaurants in London. The owners at the time were officials from the Thai embassy in queens gate, London. They missed their Thai food and could not find any restaurant serving this 'new to uk' cuisine. So a small group of them decided to open their own Thai restaurant. We took over in the spring of 1997 and began renovations. Our aim was to give the restaurant a fresh, bright and contemporary feel with touches of Thai charm. Walls were painted white, dark wooden floors were laid and low voltage 'chopstick' halogen lighting was installed. To this day, we are proud to be the only Thai restaurant in Kensington which is run, owned and cooked by Thai staff. Tapas dining is a great way to sample many dishes without committing to only a few dishes! You may order just from the tapas menu which you can enjoy smaller portions of our most popular dishes or order the conventional way of starters from the tapas menu, then your main course. Whichever way you order, we hope you will enjoy your meal!
Reviewed 17 February 2012

A lot to learn if they want to operate in this price bracket. It is a small restaurant, even so the service was slow and longwinded. Food is actually what saves this place, as the wine selection is very small and not very good.

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Thank Frudle
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

This small Thai restaurant is in a basement with no windows. So don't expect any natural light.

The food was well prepared and tasty. If you don't like your food HOT, just avoid the dishes in red text on the menu.

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Thank LarssonDK
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

This thai restaurant is near my workplace so I often pop in, the food was fairly cheap (for the area) and very tasty. However I'm sorry to say that on my last three visits I've been left disappointed. The quality of the meat just doesn't seem the same and has not been as enjoyable.

The other thing that bugs me is that the waiters and waitresses can seem a bit moody. Its a shame but I'm not going to return.

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1  Thank RockgirlLondon
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

Nice little restaurant tucked under Kensington High Street. We arrived at the same time as a few other people so there was quite a wait for menus, drinks, etc. I am always worried when ordering food when nothing is written down - and unfortunately the food that arrived in two cases wasn't what we ordered. As we were in a bit of a hurry we just ate what had been brought to the table. The food was OK but we had to wait 15 minutes for the rice to arrive after the rest of the food.

Overall just OK

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Thank AFrequentTraveller
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

Great restaurant, the cheaper menu was incredible.
100% recommended
Service is fast and efficient.
Only natural light is missing as there are no window

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2  Thank atacama92
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