On a cold February Tuesday night, I headed down to Thai Square in Islington to do a review. After a long day I was ready to tuck into some good food and Thai Square did not disappoint. I’ve been to Thailand a couple of times and enjoy the country, food and culture, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Thai Square I was not going to turn it down. As my sister has recently embarked on her vegetarian journey, I thought it would be great to bring her along and get her take on the vegetarian offerings.
Location – We went along to the Islington branch of Thai square based on busy Upper Street, a few minutes’ walk from Angel underground station. You can’t miss Thai Square, as we entered I introduced myself and was shown to a nice table for two on the ground floor. The atmosphere and décor of the restaurant is warm, calming and inviting. The lighting creates a nice cosy feel.
I always say your staff can either make or break your establishment and I can honestly say that the staff we encountered were attentive, and doing a great job. I thought Tuesday would be a fairly quiet night, but it’s clear to see why it was the total opposite, and was actually fairly busy.
As you may know by now from previous reviews, I do love my cocktails, so I was pleased to see that Thai Square not only have a good selection, but also offer happy hour; buy 1 get on 1 half price every day from 6-8pm. I’d definitely recommend the Singapore Sling, it was blended to perfection, the right balance that was a delight to sip, for me it was one of the best I’ve tasted in London. The Strawberry daiquiri was good too. If you’re not feeling a cocktail, they have an extensive drinks menu with wines and spirits so there’s something for everyone.
The starter – with lots to choose from we opted to go for a vegetarian mixed starter for 2 people to share, which includes what they call a few of their favourite vegetarian starters. The starters were all extremely satisfyingly tasty and included corn cakes (a fav of mine), vegetable Tempura, vegetable spring rolls and vegetables & tofu satay.
As a nut allergy sufferer, they were helpful and ensured the satay peanut sauce was separated so my sister could happy tuck into the sauce, whilst not sending me to the A&E. As someone with allergies it’s always nice to be easily accommodated rather than feel like a nuisance or a bother.
In addition, we ordered the Toa Hoo salt pepper, which is a vegetarian spin on the salt & pepper squid or prawn starter, replacing it with bean curd, resulting in crunchy morsels of spiced tofu. The starters were divine, cooked to perfection, the right flavours and thankfully not greasy which is hard to come by and happens to be a common issue with some of these deep fried battered kinds of starters, but not at Thai Square. Both my sister and I enjoyed it and were super stuffed from the starters.
When it came to main course, my sister was quick off the mark, probably because she’s a vegetarian so had one page to choose from whereas I had the rest of the menu. After much reflection I decided to go with the traditional Thai green curry, with chicken, I didn’t go for sticky rice, I decided to have it with egg fried rice instead. My sister ordered the vegertarian pad Thai, and we ordered the sweet and sour bean curd alongside our mains. All of the dishes went down well, my curry was finger licking good, and plentiful. That can be said for all the food, we ended up leaving with doggy bags that I enjoyed for lunch the following day and was just as scrumptious.
I do have a ridiculous sweet tooth and therefore love deserts so I was disappointed that the dessert that appealed most to be contained nuts, and my second choice was out of stock and therefore not available, so I ended up skipping on dessert by default.
As we’re both not big coffee fans, we opted for some jasmine tea before we left to prep us for the cold winters night as we headed back out on to the high street. It’s a great place for a lovely evening dinner, whether with your date or mates.
For vegetarians they have a decent offering, I’d happily order just a veggie meal as everything we tasted was so delightful.
My only down point was the lack of dessert availability which is why I deducted one point giving the restaurant a highly commendable score of:
4 out of 5.