Pubs serving delicious, authentic Thai food abound in London. Love ‘em. The complex and spicy flavours of pad thai and kaeng kiew waan call for a nice pint of ale. Need something to soak up the lager? Prawn crackers and spring rolls should do the trick. No wonder these pubs multiplied like rabbits in the last decade.
Why is it, though, that we still don’t have pubs that serve a decent curry along with a well-pulled pint? We have wonderful Indian and Pakistani restaurants, all serving Cobra or Kingfisher. Maybe a few other bottled beers. Often, though, after a pint at your local, don’t you crave a good lamb vindaloo? Should you have to settle for the generic chicken curry from the back if you’d like just one more pint? Really, it’s either that or drink up and head down the street.
I know the formula works. The Chapel in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, excels with this combination. Are there any in London I don’t know about? Why aren’t there more?
Publicans, take note: if you’re refitting, think about a tandoori oven.