Eating out / London

Mudmee Thai Restaurant, London

I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost. That was the reason for yet another meal ‘out’ last night. Well… that, and the fact the weather was so glorious in London that there was no real reason to rush home to the sofa.

I wrote about my love for Asian food in a post earlier this week. I’m always on the lookout for authentic spots for a good Pad Thai, but so far I’ve struggled to find anything above-par in London.

Until now.

Mudmee, a tiny little Thai restaurant in a dark Bishopsgate alley, looked fairly unassuming and shabby from the outside, but was packed with happy Thai students sharing plates of noodles and having a great old time. I always look for foreign students enjoying a meal as it usually indicates that the price is right and the food is a fairly faithful rendition of the original cuisine.

Mr Q and I were ushered to a table at the back, near the kitchen, and given a chilli sauce-spattered menu each. The mixed platter of starters is always a winner in new restaurants to get a good taster of everything, and this one didn’t let us down. For £4.90 each, we enjoyed vegetable spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, minced prawn and chicken on toast, and delicious spicy marinated chicken wings, all garnished with crispy noodles and tangy-dressed salad.

Thai foodThe Thai family who run Mudmee were dashing in and out of the kitchen with every order, and their delightful18 month-old toddler ran between tables greeting diners with a cheeky grin and a fist-full of sticky rice.

Mr Q drank imported Chang beer to cool down and I had a glass of sauvignon blanc, which for just £3.20, was excellent.

I was tempted to order the Pad Thai (£7.50) for my main, but decided to instead go with one of the Chef Specials: Gai Nueng (£7.90), poached chicken breast marinated in ginger, garlic, and sesame oil, served with ginger yellow bean sauce. It was really similar to my very favourite Malaysian dish, Hainanese chicken rice – perfectly delicate and very more-ish.

GAI NUENG Mr Q went with the Neau Makham (£6.50), stir-fried beef with fresh ginger, garlic, onion and a dash of tamarind juice. It was rich, spicy and really good. A bit of steamed garlic rice worked well with both dishes.

The entire bill worked out to be less than £35.00 for the two of us. Brilliant, considering I reckon this is the best Thai food I’ve had outside of Thailand.

Can’t wait to visit for a meal again soon, and pick up some takeaway on the way out!

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