Taste of Siam – Camden

Reviewed on November 6th, 2013 by Dina

It had been a while since my friend and I had been out for Thai food and we were kind of missing it. So we took it for a sign when we were supposed to go out for Greek food and the restaurant could not take us as they were fully booked for a private party.

Taste of Siam has three parts: one is the supermarket, second is the restaurant and the third is the noodle bar cafe. We were pleased that we chose the lovely restaurant. It seemed like a nicer setting than the informal cafe.  The food is cooked fresh and the quality of ingredients is high. As my friend pointed out, we should have expected this, seen as Taste of Siam’s shop next door has good produce.

Taste of Siam Tom Yum Hed SoupTaste of Siam Jasmine TeaTaste of Siam Tom Yum Kung SoupTaste of Siam Kang Ped Jay Green CurryTaste of Siam InteriorTaste of Siam Prawn Green Curry

It felt like a cold day and after my friend said that she was having a soup starter, I also decided to go for a warming soup! It is not very often that I have Thai soup but everytime I have it, it is always so tasty.

The Tom Yum Hed was a hot and sour mushroom soup. Lots of mushrooms bobbing in the hot flavoursome broth and garnished with coriander. The Tom Yum Kung soup was equally satisfying. This was a spicy prawn soup with lemongrass, chilli and vegetables.

A comforting curry and rice was chosen for the main meal. The menu doesn’t specify what type of curry the vegetarian Kang Ped Jay is. The staff told us that they can make it as a red or green curry.

Crispy tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, baby corn, mange tout and carrots in a creamy coconut sauce made up the curry. It was delicious and very moreish. All of the dishes had a lot of garnish including lime leaves, lemon grass, ginger and coriander. This really gave them the fresh flavour.

All of the food was made mild just as requested. To drink, Taste of Siam has an extensive menu including a whole range of fresh juices. But for me, it had to be Jasmine Tea. This was served by the pot.

Taste of Siam is a fantastic Thai restaurant, even though its dining area is slightly small. The staff were really lovely, polite and friendly. The restaurant was busy all through the evening and also a lot of people were coming in to have orders to take home.

Taste of Siam, 41-47 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JH

Rating: ★★★★½

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The Cuban – Camden Town

Reviewed on August 12th, 2011 by Dina

For a lively Friday night out with the combination of tasty food and some dancing, The Cuban will not disappoint! The Cuban has the hip location of being in The Stables part of Camden Market.

The ground floor is the big bar area with some seating as well. It took us a short while to figure out how to get to the restaurant part of The Cuban. We spotted a small elevator with a sign above it with an arrow pointing to the restaurant.

The restaurant on the upper level had the music turned down a notch which was to our liking! We didn’t fancy having to have to raise our voices through our meal, especially seen as we would be chatting all evening!

Even though we were half an hour early for our reservation, we were given a table straightaway! There were wicker chairs, wooden tables and wooden screens sectioned off some of the areas. The staff were really friendly and were attentive.

Tapas was what we had in mind for this evening and the menu had a good range to choose from. The food at The Cuban seemed to have flavours from a few different countries. It was also a fusion of Cuban and Caribbean cuisine.

The tapas dishes were presented to us on two long wooden trays! This was quite different in comparison to the normal little clay dishes that I have had at other Tapas places! It was a good idea though to have these wooden platters, otherwise I think that we would have been struggling for space on our table!

It was such a colourful selection of food and it all looked very tempting! Nothing disappointed us; it all tasted great and worked well with the additional dips! The nachos were in a separate bowl and were generously topped with cheese, guacamole, salsa and jalapeno peppers.

The grilled flatbreads with hummous was a good way to start! Then onto the quesadillas filled with chicken and cheese! The highlight for me were the lollipop chicken wings! These were the ideal finger food! The chicken wings had a subtle coconut flavour coming through! The breaded chicken strips were also very tender and tasty!

If that wasn’t all filling enough, we still managed to have the grilled portobello mushroom topped with halloumi cheese, patatas bravas and chorizo! There was definitely a lot of food and it was a great selection!

As for drinks, I chose the peppermint tea which was served by the cup. The waitress wasn’t sure which tea they had, so she made the effort to go and bring me the selection that they had!

It was easy to spend a lot of time at The Cuban and as we were finishing our meal, the music started to get louder! We hadn’t realised that it was fairly late into the night as the hours had passed by real fast!

As the elevator doors opened on our departure, we were transformed into a Cuban dance place with a good vibe! This time round, we were done in for the night but I’m sure we’ll return on another occasion to dance the night away!

The Cuban, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AH

Rating: ★★★★★

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Mezza Express – Camden Town

Reviewed on July 13th, 2011 by Dina

Just a short walk away from Camden Market is Mezza Express! It looks fairly normal from the outside. But once inside, it’s a different story!

Mezza Express opened out into a lovely organised spacious dining area. The back of the restaurant had a big glass front that looked out onto an outside garden area. I thought that this was part of the restaurant but the waiter told me that it was part of the coffee shop next door.

The staff and service were fantastic. They made us feel very welcome and comfortable. Even after we had finished our meal and didn’t want any coffee or dessert, we just said to the staff that we were having a nice catch up amongst friends! The waiter then said that that was lovely and that he was happy that we were there. It was all very genuine and it’s not often that you get that level of friendliness from the staff.

Mezza Express had a set menu which I chose. But on the menu, there was stuffed vine leaves and tabbouleh, both of which I am not keen on. So, I asked if it would be possible to change those dishes to falafel and the spinach filled pastry. The waiter said that was absolutely fine!

So as well as the two dishes mentioned, the starters were made up of hommos and grilled halloumi cheese. All were great and were served with warm flatbread.

My friend had the Lebanese sausages and the Samke Harra fish ratatouille, both of which she enjoyed! We decided to share the main course and went with the waiter’s suggestion of Mousakaat with rice. The baked aubergine with chickpeas and tomatoes was a big portion and all the flavours were good! There was plenty of aubergine and tomatoes in the dish!

Mezza Express gave us a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon meal! It is definitely a place that I would return to!

Mezza Express, 47 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PN

Rating: ★★★★★

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