Thai Orchid ( from 10 reviews)
|Address:||76 Clapham High Street|
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|Nearest Station:||Clapham High Street|
|Telephone:|| 020 7627 1588|
User Rating: 8 / 10
Having met a friend for a couple of after work drinks on a Friday in the area, we happened upon this restaurant by chance. To be honest I wasnít expecting much from this place, based on the cheapness of the dishes in what is quite a trendy and often overpriced location. The wine list also did not inspire confidence. With Piat Dor and even Blue Nun on the menu, I wondered if they were having some kind of ironic Clapham joke! Bypassing the choice of retro beverage, we ordered a bottle of house white, a beef salad, pad thai and a chicken stir fry dish. All in all I was very pleased with the place. The food was good (particularly the Thai salad) and at under £11, the house wine was not only a relief (!) but a pleasing partner to the flavours of the food. The bill, including service charge (which was good) came in at under £30. Iíd definitely recommend this place for anyone looking for a cheap bite in the Clapham area. For a basic Thai, itís just as good as Pepper Tree up the road. If I had to make one criticism, it's just that it could do with a lick of paint perhaps.
User Rating: 1 / 10
Really poor food. The fishcakes on the menu as a starter were swimming in grease and it didn't look like there was any fish in them. I'm a vegetarian (bar fish) and got my friend to try one. He was almost certain they had chicken in. There was much unidentifiable, stringy mush. Clearly straight from a packet and I'd have liked to have seen the ingredients to confirm my suspicions. Awful. The main meal was mediocre and the service was dreadful. Our waiter didn't seem to understand anything or want to take our order. To top it off, they add on a service charge! Being British we duly paid this but I wish we hadn't. I can't believe the fishcakes mostly. So hideous. And I very nearly tucked into meat unawares which is really really dreadful. No better than a kebab shop. But at least with those, you know that you're aiming low.
User Rating: 1 / 10
I did eat at this restaurant more than once trying to prove/disprove my first impression. Consistently, the food here is awful-- fried rice tastes spoilt, dumplings dry, etc. I also did found a staple wire in my pad thai!
Unbelievable. This is the Thai restaurant that is not thai at all.
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