Papaya Tree Review, High Street Kensington

For a family night out of a few us headed to Kensington to celebrate a surprise birthday, before the drinks and drunken shenanigans kicked in we decided to search for some food and using our smartphones and checking the reviews we chose the Papaya Tree for some Thai cuisine.

Now it did take us a while to find the restaurant, as it’s in the basement so signs were not good, although once inside its nice and calm, modern contemporary restaurant, with white interior, dim lights with just a few tables, giving you that romantic setting.

Inside Papaya Tree
Inside Papaya Tree

The menu is great with a variety of starters, soups, salads, meats and vegetarian options. We decided to get a range of starters and mains and share among our party of 6.  So from the starters menu we ordered some Chicken Satays, which are strips of marinated chicken on bamboo skewers with Thai peanut butter sauce (£5.95) and a few portions of Vegetable Spring Rolls (£4.95).

Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay

A ‘Som Tum’ salad: crunchy shredded papaya mixed with lime juice, fish sauce, chilli, minced garlic, shredded carrots, crushed peanuts and tomatoes served in a lettuce leaf (£7.95).

Som Tum Salad
Som Tum Salad

‘Pad Peow Wan’ a stir fried chicken dish with fresh tomatoes, pineapple, cucumber, onion, green peppers in a sweet and sour sauce (£7.95).

Pad Peow Wan
Pad Peow Wan

A seafood dish called ‘Pad Goong Kratiam‘ which consisted of prawns in garlic, cracked black pepper and fresh coriander (£9.95).

Pad Goong Kratiam
Pad Goong Kratiam

The famous Thai dish ‘Pad Thai’:  fried rice noodle with chicken, egg, beansprouts, spring onion and ground peanut (£7.95), a Vegetable Green Curry, with vegetables and coconut milk (£6.95) and lastly some ‘Kao Pad’: stir fried rice with, egg (£3.95).

Vegetable Green Curry
Vegetable Green Curry
Kao Pad
Kao Pad

The only word to describe the food is OMG!  We were all in food heaven; every single dish was A-MAZING! From the papaya salad, to the vegetable green curry, the flavours in every dish were absolutely delicious. Don’t you just love finding restaurants like this where you have no expectations and the food just blows you away? Therefore I highly recommend Papaya Tree, be it a romantic date or a family meal, you will not be disappointed The Papaya Tree has the deeliciously stamp of approval, I’d happily go there again tomorrow.

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