Papaya Tree

3.8
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145 reviews
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£25 and under
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Thai

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Good Vegetarian Options
Outstanding Value
Situated on Kensington High Street, Papaya Tree is popular with the locals and a must for anyone craving for authentic Thai food. The interior is cool and contemporary, with wooden floors, modern light fittings and a simple white colour scheme – perfect for low-key lunches and dinner with friends. The chefs use only the best ingredients, with fresh herbs and vegetables flown in from Thailand twice a week. At lunch, Papaya Tree buzzes with the sound of hungry food fans tucking into their modestly priced one-dish meals. In the evening, tapas dining is a great way to sample many dishes without committing to only a few dishes! You may order just from the tapas menu which you can enjoy smaller portions of our most popular dishes or order the conventional way of starters from the tapas menu, then your main course!
What 145 People Are Saying
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
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3.7
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3.4
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3.7
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Beck
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I dine here all the time so I was very surprised by the very poor service last weekend. We were one of only 3 tables in the restaurant ( two 3 tops and one 2 top) and it took 45 minutes to receive our food. When we finally got our food one of our friends still waited over 5 more minutes for their food to arrive. So, our food started getting cold as we waited for our friends food as we would not start without her. Very frustrating to say the least.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The food would’ve tasted better if I wasn’t swatting fruit flies every few seconds, nearly knocked down drinks in the process of waving my arms about like a lunatic. Also overheard the kitchen staff mention there’s a lot of flies today. Nothing done about it when pointed out to waiting staff. Ruined the whole experience to the point I stopped eating and just had my dish as takeaway.

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SophieE
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We have to Papaya Tree several times in a couple of years and never been disappointed !
But this time we even wondered if it wasn’t a new owner...
Anyway, papaya salads were warm
Ultima pad thai was disgusting
And the rest was just ok
So definitely not our favorite Thai anymore

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NicolleT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great. Server in training - evening was entertaining. If looking for outstanding service - it was lacking significantly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious!

NB
NicolasB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Top notch Thai Food. Huge choice and a very good value lunch Menu
The set-up and location are not at their best but the warm welcome and attentive service makes it up for it

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MelissaS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was friendly and welcoming. :)

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vanessas
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Very nice evening as we wanted to catch up with friends. Quiet enough to chat properly. Great food and staff very friendly

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vipDisappointing
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I like the ambiance. However I found a hair in my food and there seemed to be some difficulty explaining why I required a new order was required. I was also charged for said item.

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Matt1
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I pre-booked a table for a business dinner with clients after a long day at a trade exhibition. The service and staff were absolutely first class and the food was delicious with a good choice on the menu and the staff were well informed regards the meals spiciness , friendly staff and nothing was too much trouble. Recommended to all.

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Mivana
London
31 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

First visit to Papaya Tree. Basement restaurant, so not so easy to locate as no “shopfront”. The place was deserted when we arrived, but booked at 12:30, so early for a meal... , also it was a hot, sunny Saturday AND the Royal wedding, so maybe most people were outside an/or watching TV..?! As I was catching up with a friend, I really did not mind, as it was easy to have a relaxed conversation. Comfortable seating.
I really enjoyed my main course, (a prawn curry) as did my friend hers, but with a portion of rice, each, charged at almost £5 and a shared bottle of water, also about £5, plus 12.5% Service Charge that was rather expensive at £24 a head!
Though I have noticed that eating out in London has become rather more expensive, generally. . . .
Really, when ordering a curry, which is a “wet” dish, lots of sauce, the dish should come with rice included in the price!!!
There was an “issue” with the credit card machine not working at first....., but when I said I had no cash and suggested they unplug the terminal and try again after reconnecting, it seemed to work. . . .
We also then received a printed bill, instead of the first, hand-written one. . . . .
2 Other tables got occupied during our 2 hour visit.

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NabilE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Without a doubt the best Thai food in the neighborhood

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Beck
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Thai food in Kensington! Always consistently delicious and absolutely lovely staff! Feels like home..I travel to London for work several times a month and it's my #1 go too 😃

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Beck
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and best Thai in Kensington! Food is consistently great every time. I am a regular!

HL
vipHevL
London
170 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I enjoyed my meal. It wasn't anything outstanding but I'd be happy to return.

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Bunnie
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice food. Very quiet, so not much atmosphere. No selection of Gin, only Gordon's, disappointing considering the current trend!

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Beck
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful and consistently good food every time!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant. Authentic and delicious Thai food and excellent service in a great location.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a really lovely time. Thank you :)

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BFPOMike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fancied something a bit different for a business lunch with a customer. Chose the Papaya Tree and very pleased I did. Our food was excellent and very authentic, the papaya salad starter was right up there with anything I've had in Thailand. Having been the first into lunch I was pleasantly surprised to realise that the restaurant was almost full within the hour and all Thai diners! Very much a recommendation if the restaurant is considered good enough for local tastes. Don't be fooled by the almost hidden entrance or the descent into a cave like interior, this is a little gem of a restaurant.

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Space7
London
15 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food always fresh and service friendly, if a bit chaotic sometimes, if staff is down.
Some dishes, small portions, in relation to cost.

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Space7
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very well cooked food, fresh ingredients and varied choice of dishes.
The service is personal, friendly and very obliging. A very homely ambiance.
Good place.

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Manda
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was SO tasty and came very quickly after ordering. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service, staff were more then phones then servicing customers. Poor food, it was find the chicken and fish in the dishes. Poor value for money and then 12.5% service charge was added to the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was lovely. I can't fault the food. It was AMAZING

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vipDiningaround
Charlotte
63 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2016
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Very, very good Thai food. Excellent! The restaurant was down a flight of stairs....the lighting was a little dim but it was adequately appointed. Will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

You must visit!

Very welcoming and clean. Food was outstanding, well done!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It's a small restaurant with only 2 waitresses. On a Tuesday night, it was less than half full. The waitress who served us was very polite but fairly incompetent. We ordered a share platter for starter and beers but after 10-15 minutes they still haven't arrived. So we asked the other waitress who happened to walk past us, but she didn't seem to care. Another minute later we manage to call our waitress over and asked her to chase up on our starter and beers, and then it didn't take much longer before she brought them over.

The food was ok, nothing to rave about. Interestingly they have a chef's special Ultimate Pad thai which was about £17, £9 more expensive than the normal pad thai. We didn't order it but quiet intrigued by the price tag.

After finishing our starter, they took away our plates and forks. So later when our waitress came back to give me clean plates, she seemed a bit confused rather we needed full set of cutleries for the mains.

It was a little gathering for a friend's birthday, so we brought in a birthday cake in advance and asked the waitress to put it aside. When we finished the mains, we asked our waitress to take out the cake. She brought out the cake on a plate only, so we asked if she can put the candle on it, and she reacted as though she did see the candle but didn't know what to do with it and hence left it in the bag. She even asked if we wanted the candle lit. I'm not sure if I'm being harsh here because we've never had this issue before in many many restaurants we've had birthday meals at.

To be fair, our waitress was lovely and came back a few times to pour us water. She just seemed inexperienced or lack of common sense.

JS
JenniS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent and rich with authentic Thai flavours whereas the service was pleasant and friendly. A lovely Friday evening dinner for two.

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Manuke
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was bad and slow, the food tasted awfully and it was too expensive forthe quality we got.

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Umnb
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing and that's the most important thing!

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vipAnap
London
21 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious thai food in a hidden lovely restaurant. The owners are lovely and service couldn't be better.

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vipjamcd509
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had lunch at Papaya tree for the first time in a while. This is one of my favourite Thai restaurants in London and definitely the best value for money that I've been to, particularly at lunch. Staff friendly. Green curry is excellent. Only downside is the decor is a little bland and the place is usually half empty at lunch time.

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vipPhil
London
46 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The Thai tapas sounds good on the menu but not one of the seven dishes we had lived up to expectations.
Duck curry only had a couple of chewy bits of meat, Pad Thai with no flavour and stodgy, spring rolls & wonton with no filling and dumplings full of water.
The restaurant is in a basement with no Windows. It's so dark customers have to use the light on their mobile to read the menu.

I won't go back.

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Debbieb
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We went here for a pre gig meal. Starters of dim sums were very nice- moist and tasty. Chicken satay skewers were however on the dry side but we're well presented with a pleasant satay sauce. Our mains of the tamarind duck and beef were also very good. We still had room (just about!) for dessert of coconut ice cream and deep fried banana which finished our meal very nicely! Pleasant and attentive staff so overall a pleasant experience here.

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vipSMK1
London
92 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had been out to watch the rugby so were a bit worse for wear, but the Thai meal was just the ticket. The restaurant itself had some repairs either needed or going on (not sure which) and the service was a bit hit and miss but the food was fantastic. Would definitely go back if in the area.

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eroy15
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went here for my brother's birthday and liked the idea of it having Thai tapas and this place was recommended to us by a friend. To be fair, it was alright but nothing special. The food was fine, slightly overpriced though, and if I am honest, I have had better from local take away places. Disappointed so won't be back time soon!!

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Justahumanbeing
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2014
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Difficult to have dinner there in less than two hours, they were even slow to serve the drinks, we actually had to insist several times to get the drinks and they weren't busy at all (3 tables occupied) . I felt invisible to the waiters.

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vipjojo
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We've been coming here for years and it's always good. The food is excellent value and delicious. They've just revamped their menu and there's a huge variety of lighter dishes and main meals.

Well worth a visit for lunch or dinner if you're in the area.

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vipSophia
London
39 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2014
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I went there with a friend for dinner on a Sunday night. The weather wasn't good, which may explain why we were the only people there. I think the restaurant does a lot of take away service, because their kitchen was busy. Being the only people there didn't matter and did not feel awkward (as it can do in some places). The food was great and served by a very nice waiter. I am definitely going back again.

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Papaya Tree does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Papaya Tree also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7937 2260.

Papaya Tree is rated 3.8 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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