Sunday, 3 February 2013

Lunchtime treat: Green thai curry at Siam Cafe, Soho

Last week I nipped out of the City to grab lunch at the recently-opened Siam Cafe in Soho. Tucked away on Walker's Court (also home to exclusive cabaret-nightclub The Box), this diminutive, family-run cafe has some great lunchtime deals - just £5 will get you an enormous portion of curry and a soft drink (pretty amazing value for central London), while their loyalty card system means that every sixth meal is free.

The menu is pretty compact, with a focus on the quality rather than quantity of available dishes: diners are offered a choice of just three chicken curries (green, massamam or panang) or three sides  (Thai-style pork ribs, prawn crackers or spring rolls). I ordered the green thai curry - my favourite - and sat at the little table outside the cafe to enjoy the brief burst of unseasonable sunshine.

The curry was excellent. Rather hotter than usual, it was bursting with zingy ginger, lemongrass, chillies, and plenty of succulent chicken. Served with rice in a handy take-away box, the portion was very generous (a bit too big for me to finish!) - a filling and much tastier alternative to the conventional lunchtime sandwich.

Judging by the stream of visitors, Siam Cafe already seems to have attracted a loyal following of regulars, and with such good curry, at such reasonable prices, it's not exactly hard to see why. If you're ever in the area, go check it out!

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