Thai City

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Located near Old Street station in London's East End, Thai City has become the dining destination de rigeur for hip socialistas and local foodies. The light and airy dining room with ruby and vanilla coloured walls, teak wood furniture and the freshest Spitalfield Market plants is perfect for relaxed meals with friends and colleagues. We recommend the Pad Thai, Somtam Salad, any of their array of curries; and coconut rice. Freshly blended exotic juices like Pomergranate, Tamarind and Young Coconut provide an insight into the mocktails, whilst the Strawberry Lover and Butterly Martini cocktails will compliment your group dinners.The long serving service team are famous for their friendly, helpful attitude and warm welcome. Sawadika!
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MRUK
London
39 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once again we had a very nice meal in Thai City. We ate from the £16 early evening menu.
The choices for each course were very good and the portion size was also very good. The food was well presented and very tasty and the service was friendly and efficient.
We will definitely come here again and would recommend this restaurant to our friends.

MR
MRUK
London
39 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a really nice meal at Thai City. We ate from the Early Bird menu and the food was very good and the portions were generous. We very much enjoyed our meal and will be coming back.

LC
LynnC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've been there many times and I like the food and atmosphere in there . However , this time I was not very happy about the food , I think the quality of the food is going down , less flavour . I still like it. Staff are very nice~

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Lawz
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, nothing to complain about but wasn’t the best thai food ive had.

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Kjeee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The waiter tipped a full pint of freezing lager in my lap ruining an expensive suit and shoes and thought he was doing something special by replacing the lager he had just knocked over and then expected me to pay the 20% service. Lol. Never going there again.

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Kokekan
London
50 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Booked this restaurant for my Birthday meal before a concert in Old Street. Interesting place with unusual decor. Strange service too as not sure that English was native to the greeter.

The cocktails are nice but overly sweet. The food is very good actually but traditional Thai, not modern. Reminds me of Thai food from the 90s. When you have the likes of Busaba these days, it's hard to go backwards and eat old school Thai food.

Had a 20% discount applied and found the bill still very expensive for the type of restaurant. Portions were big so had loads of left overs.

Very strange place but not good and not bad. Couldn't recommend to a friend as I only recommend very good places and this was pretty average. Having said that, it's not disappointing.

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vipse1food
London
57 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great value for a central midweek catch up. Very efficient service

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ShazO
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great! The duck was really nice. The service is also really good and I would certainly recommend this restaurant. Great value for money.

SM
SMN1
London
21 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This a good, not too expensive, Thai restaurant just off Old Street. We went on a Friday night and it was busy. I asked for my curry to be spicy and it was - I thought it was delicious. Probably best for a group of friends of families.

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viprakibuli
London
32 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food

Loved it and will come again

LD
LauraD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, had three courses and all were delicious. Quick service too, would be ideal for a work lunch - all very reasonably priced too.

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vipYiannis
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was impressed how upon arriving they informed me of a discount as I booked with Opentable. I wasn't actually aware of this. Food was good and service was equally so.

GM
vipGobbleMEVEG
London
85 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Have to say the food is not as good as it used to be. I have to say i think it is overpriced for the area. the waiter was a little surly. Not at the top of my list.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food order was wrong, no apologies offered, after pointed out the same dish was brought out again with a bit of added rice on the side. View from the window is dreadful, neighbourhood is not nice. Won't recommend. One positive thing was good cocktails but not sure you'd come for it to the Thai place? Overall, wasted evening and money

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vipSimon
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good and classic menu, pared down considerably from a few years ago. Nice ambience, welcoming and friendly service. Will certainly be revisiting soon.

SC
SimonCuzner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food, as good as i've eaten in Thailand and the service was nice and friendly, I would definitely recommend Thai City as a place to eat.

MX
MichelleXO
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I booked a table here to celebrate my 23rd birthday on a Sunday evening with 25 guests. I initially booked for 20 people but a few more arrived and the staff we're happy to add additional tables which was really kind.

The set menu's (A or B) we're very decent and very filling as they came with a lot of food, the majority of us enjoyed our food and the cocktails were sweet and strong. (Thai Green Curry was amazing!!!)

The interior is beautiful, very warm and has a nice cultured feel, staff are very kind and always cheerful.

Only downside was that I wasn't informed of the service charge when I made the booking. Other than that I had a great night and I'm happy I chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

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drubal
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing and arrived quickly. The staff very friendly and helpful. A great place to go!

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vipdesertfoodie
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

While the food is very good, I'm concerned that they do not give you the 20% discount as advertised, unless you ask about it. For people who don't pay much attention to their bills, it appears to be a dishonest practice. Maybe it was just my experience the 2 times I've been here that it happened.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good
But the waiter who served us was very impatient & clearly was in a real rush (a Basil Fawlty type)

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service for poor ordered drinks took 10 mins for the waiter to come back and tells us one of the drinks wasn't available . Twenty five mins later we got our starters but still no drinks had to remind the waiter again. Half way through the meal my wife ordered a glass of wine we had to remind them 15 minutes later that we hadn't got the drink. Apparently the waiter forgot.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
79 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I used to love this restaurant but I think it's changed management since I was last there last year and what a shame because not only has it changed its name from "Thai Thai" to "Thai City" it's also clearly changed the chefs and the staff. The food used to be great now it's incredibly below par. Tom Yam soup was underwhelming, Singapore noodles were as spicy as a bowl of Rice Krispies and the cashew nut curry was lacking in spice and cashew nuts! I quizzed them on what was wrong with the dishes they said they could add some more chilli flakes in the kitchen but this is not how to cook Thai food - spices should be worked into a dish not just sprinkled on as last resort in the form of chilli flakes when sent back to the kitchen. I visited in February and like the previous couple of reviews below the restaurant was no more than +5c - the few people in the restaurant were wearing coats - this restaurant used to be busy - alas I think everyone is having the same experience. Charging almost £5 for bottled water is also not acceptable. I'm tempted to give this place 1 star but I have too many fond memories for what it used to be - I hope the place can improve before it's too late!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food, helpful friendly staff restaurant on the dark side. Overall good experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited for a birthday - the food was very good, as it always is. I particularly enjoyed the satay chicken.

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EMen
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience4

the offer of 20%off is poorly advertised. They forget to mention it is only applicable to food and you must order one starter and main each. Bad value and overaly priced.

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Ikky1
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing. I took a friend there for the halal food but wish I had gone elsewhere. The starters were disappointing, calamari drenched in thick batter and oil, mixed platter starter the same - the corn cakes were particularly oily. The mains were equally disappointing with the meat tasting past its best, we chose beef as the safe option but even beef couldn't disguise the lack of freshness in each dish. Staff were so very annoying, you either got no one at your table or three people at once. Also, we felt that we couldn't pause for conversation, staff would come over to take our food and we had to say no, we've paused to speak for a minute if that's ok! Needless to say we couldn't wait to get out and have pudding somewhere more pleasant!

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rosema
London
69 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they changed their menu ... Food is still very good and staff very friendly.

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Bislay
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table and travelled over one hour to get to the restaurant on an extremely cold evening only to realise the restaurant was CLOSED yet opentable had allowed us to book and confirmed our booking. What's worse got sent an email asking to rate an experience. Open table obviously is not a reliable booking system and wasted my christmas eve

DM
DMWA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pleasant food, we had an extremely good food offer. The room was very cold and service erratic

BC
BelindaC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were both great. Would recommended for dinner with friends or a date.

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Summ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere was great, candle lit dinner. The food was ok, i've ordered the soft shell crab as my starter but it came out quite soggy but the pad thai was really good.

B
Bulky
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was a little unsure after reading some of the recent reviews, as I haven't been to Thai Thai for a while, despite it being one of my favourite local Thai restaurants but I'm glad to say none of those problems existed.
The furniture has been updated, the service was attentive and with a smile, while the value of our tasty meal was fantastic for city prices.
Will pay them another visit soon, especially with the offer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and lovely ambience, decoration and atmosphere, definitely recommended!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was cold. Looked really nice. Rice was warm. Thai curry was almost cold. Cold plates too. No smile with the service. Nice looking place but lacked passion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Pleasant meal,hhad better but had worse.overall fine just not anything to rave about.wanted water with meal which cost over £5 for one.
It was handy for where we stayed and love Thai food.maybe we have been spoiled with other restaurants.

NN
NixNax
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very enjoyable evening, food was perfect also helped to have 50% off the bill

SJ
SarahJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I'd booked a deal with 50% off food if you had both a starter and a main course. We were in a bit of a hurry as we were off to an event nearby. Once sat and given menus we were left alone for 10 minutes, no-one gave us a drinks list or asked if we'd like a drink whilst choosing our food. So I just went for a glass of house red not knowing what else might be available. We had calamari - good, and gyoza - good. I had a mixed seafood stir fry which was nicely flavoured, but a little mean with the seafood - 2 squid tubes, 1 prawn, and 2 NZ mussels. My partner has one of the noodle dishes, I could tell he wasn't overwhelmed. We both finished our drinks mid way through, no-one noticed or asked if we'd like another (we weren't fussed enough to try to catch someone's eys). It took quite a while to attract attention to pay as the waiters were intent on clearing and setting tables. Bill with the 50% discount on the food, and a glass of wine and a bottle of Singha came to £31 including the 12.5% service. Not bad, but could be better!

M
Martha
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always great when I have been!
They make it worth while coming back!

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Docgpalmer
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here before when 40% off and it was great. To have 50% was added bonus!
Lovely food, attentive staff also.
Now would I pay full price, no and would go elsewhere in Stratford for same. But nevertheless it is my favourite in London when offer is on. Good cocktails too.
What I don't like is when they calculate 12.5% service charge on the full value then take 50% off food. I always ask them to remove and give them 50% of the total top value which I seem fair.

FAQs

Thai City offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7490 5230.

Thai City is rated 4.2 stars by 8708 OpenTable diners.