November 07, 2011

Addie's Thai

So far I have tried Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Mediterranean, and now Thai, food in London.  Whilst Indian food is the clear winner, there are many notable Thai restaurants as well.  Take Addie's Thai, for instance.

The vibe upon entering the restaurant is sophisticated, but in an inviting way.

Spring rolls stuffed with fresh veggies and vermacelli noodles, served with a mint dipping sauce

Fried spring rolls with meat and veggies
Most Asian restaurants (namely Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai) serve spring rolls.  More often than not, they are tightly-wrapped and deep fried.  Less frequently, do you see fresh spring rolls on the menu, which involve a thinner rice paper wrapper and is not fried.  So in the rare instances that I see the fresh rolls, I spring for them.  Addie's rolls (both fresh and fried) are good, but the sauces they provided for dip were more notable.  The mint sauce for the fresh veggie rolls had a distinct taste that wasn't enjoyable at first bite, but because more palatable with each additional bite.  The chili sauce that accompanied the fried rolls were delightful, and added a spicy, but cool factor to the taste.

Roasted duck 
Instead of ordering the usual noodle dish (Pad See Ew or Pad Thai), I decided to venture out and try something I don't eat as often: duck.  The dish overall was fine, but the meat and sauces combined were too salty for me.  Next time I will stick to the noodle dishes.

With dishes ranging from £4 for starters and £10 for entrees, Addie's brings you the unique flavors of the Far East in a way that won't kill your pocketbook.  For a student -- particularly an American student studying in London -- that's enough to make a trek out to Earl's Court worthwhile.  Why don't you give it a try too?

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cuisine: Thai
location: West Kensington
nearest Tube station: Earl's Court
websites: { yelp | AT }
attire: Casual
seating: Good for groups