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“An Old Favourite but in need of an update............”
Review of Thai Corner Cafe

Thai Corner Cafe
Ranked #11,395 of 23,995 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$0 - US$50
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 25 July 2014

I've been eating here for over 15 years and have seen many ups and downs, mainly when chefs come and go and your 'usual' becomes the 'unusual'. Consistency has always been a problem but when they get it right, it works a treat! The Thai Corner Cafe has an intimate feel and is great for small groups, albeit a little snug when it comes to seating and elbow room. Staff are very friendly and efficient and service is relatively swift. It's always best to book, especially if you are a small group of 4 - 6, the best area being in the front section by the window with wall behind, cosy for 6. There is NO license, however, you can take your own beer, wine and spirits for a small corkage fee. They do have soft drinks and of course mineral water. The food lately has been excellent, traditional Thai curries (red/green), good selection of starters and some special dishes which take a few minutes longer but worth the wait. Don't expect massive portions, if you have a starter, you shouldn't leave hungry! It's a very sociable place and the atmosphere is usually dictated by the diners on the night or who you happen to be dining with. Decor is very basic but clean. The toilets, however, have a lot to be desired. They haven't changed in 15 years and are in desperate need of refurbishment!! You have to negotiate some tricky steep stairs to reach them along a tatty carpet into an awful bathroom last decorated in the 70's, not very clean. If you want a reasonably priced night out with friends with your own booze and some good freshly cooked Thai Food, give it a try.

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Thank se22bear
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Food fairly good tastewise..though not sure about potatoes added to bulk out Thai green/red curries. Portions just a little on the stingy side. Service quirky...slightly charmless on occasion. Eating in is BYO (i.e. bring your own wine/beer) and that's fine. Basic cafe-type place (and that's more than fine too) .A definite addition to the locality but I think they could up their game with some friendly service and a just little more panache so diners don't feel they are inconveniencing the staff. Nevertheless, a useful local place to eat.

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Thank BettyBigSpud
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Amazing and authentic. This is a hidden gem. Make sure you book though. Remember it is cash only and BYOB. Spicy beef salad is amazing so it Thai chicken stir fry with holy basil, chilli and garlic.

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Thank uktripmonkey
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We were looking for a good Thai Restaurant after out local Smiles Cafe closed. We researched on the net & found this cafe. We arrived early Sunday evening,it was empty.The décor is plain, with formica tables & chairs, We were promptly seated. It is a BYO drink cafe, so our bottle was promptly opened. The menu is varied, with a good choice of Thai food. We ordered & the cafe began to fill. Our food was authentic, nicely presented and smelt delicious. The taste was on par with dishes we had eaten in Thailand. When we left, the cafe was full. The place has a nice atmosphere and the clientèle obviously know a good eaterie when they find one. Will definitely come back & will recommend to friends

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Thank persie127
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

I have had thai food in the US and in other Thai restaurants around London. But this is far by the best that I had eaten in. I have eaten here 3x, in around the 2 years that I had lived in the East Dulwich area.

Let me just advise that you do not come here for the ambience, but you come here for the food. Decor is pretty minimalistic, service is pretty average, but food is WWWOOOWW.


You could taste the creaminess of the coconut milk in most of the dishes. I have read in a previous post one commented in that most of the food had shrimp paste in it, well I wouldn't be surprised, because this is a Thai restaurant, so please bear that in mind that the ingredients they will be using will be mostly thai.

The shrimp pad thai I had tasted was nearly the same as that in Busaba Thai, but what I loved best was the Tom Kha soup. I've had lots of thai food which were mostly delicious, but this is really memorable. And the coconut rice wow. Try it. The prawn poh pio is good, but the sizes aren't as big as one would hope for. The chicken panang was also good and creamy.

The servings aren't as big as in the US but it is basically the same servings as most Thai restaurants in London.

So, would I be coming back in again? definitely :)

By the way, it is better to call ahead and reserve, as it is mostly packed for dinner especially if you are a group of 3 and more. Also, the restaurant is quite small, and quaint, not much room to move around. Most of the locals know about this place, so it gets packed quite easily, weekdays or weekends. Lastly, they only accept cash.

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Thank babesbonzai
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