Thai restaurants abound in Soho, serving everything from familiar curries and cheap noodles from chain places to mind-blowingly spicy creations and more unusual, regional specialities from independent joints.
Although Banana Tree actually serves up an Indochinese menu there are a lot of Thai dishes to choose from, including curries, wok noodles, satay and even coconut stuffed green Thai pancakes for dessert. The lunch offering also comes in at fantastic value with two courses coming in at under £11 – perfect for a mid-week meal.
This small and simple space on Brewer Street brings a slice of Bangkok to Soho. The food at Jane-Tira is inspired by the food you would find on the streets of Bangkok, and whilst not as cheap as you’d get in Thailand, the prices are very reasonable too. All the staples, including pad thai, jungle curry and massaman lamb are there but its signature dish has to be the ‘Super Duper Spicy’ mackerel curry. Be warned though, the name is accurate – this curry is ferociously hot.
If you want noodles cheaply, cheerfully and in a flash, head to Tuk Tuk, which serves up a mixture of Thai and Malaysian dishes. The service is on the brisk side but the plates come loaded with food and you can’t fault the prices. All in all, if a craving for pad thai strikes Tuk Tuk will see you right.
Classic Thai food in stylish surrounds is what Thai Tho is all about. The menu is extensive but there’s nothing out of the ordinary for those familiar with Thai cuisine – curries, soups, stir-fries and noodles are well represented and there’s also a particularly good selection of prawn dishes. Thai Tho also has a karaoke room available to hire if you fancy making a real night of it.
A dive bar meets barbecue restaurant is perhaps the best way to describe Smoking Goat. It’s small and loud and a very exciting place to eat. Rare breed meat and fresh fish are turned into northern Thai food and it’s not something to be approached delicately; from fish sauce wings to smoked lamb ribs to barbecue aged beef short rib with massaman, it’s food to get stuck into, preferably with a few bottles of craft beer.