This post title won’t make sense to most people. But if you’ve been following this blog for a few years, then you might remember that way-back in September 2012 we posted about our search for Kitty She was the front of house in the Thai kitchen that ran out of The Chequers when it was a market boozer, before it was refurbished into the gastro pub it is today.
Every change at The Chequers was an improvement except for the loss of the Thai kitchen. Among the standard pub grub of burgers, pies, chips and Sunday roasts, Kitty and her chef worked magic in the kitchen producing stunning Thai dishes at bargain prices and we were Saturday regulars.
We heard rumours they had moved to a restaurant in South Woodford, but never got around to going. Then last week a friend and I were out that way at lunchtime. Caught in a torrential downpour we parked up and dashed into the nearest restaurant. Thankfully that turned out to be Thai Street E18, and as we walked in we were greeted by a familiar face – we found Kitty!
The good news is the food is still amazing, and the decor’s a lot nicer than the old pub. We ate from the bargain £7.95 weekday lunch menu, served Tuesday to Friday 12 till 2.30pm.
From the choices of stir-fries, soups, salads and curries, we ordered the Pad Kaprow – fried pork with green beans, Thai basil, chilli & garlic, with jasmine rice. It was delicious, but fiery hot! The Thai penang curry with chicken, peppers, lime leaves and coconut milk served with jasmine rice was dreamy delicious – everything a perfect Thai curry should be – creamy, hot, sour and tangy.
Next time, if its not cold and raining, the Yam Nua sounded tempting – a thinly sliced beef salad with chillies and coriander. Or the Pad Khee Mao (Drunken Noodles ) fried noodles with prawn, green bean, bamboo shoots and peppers. Or the veggie Tao Hu Pad Ma Kuar – stir fried tofu and aubergine with egg fried rice. So many tempting choices. Lunch for 2 with Jasmine tea for less than £20.
There’s a full menu available which looks amazing, £7.50 cocktails, and delivery within 2 miles, which might just cover Walthamstow.
Thai Street E18, 17 Electric Parade, George Lane, South Woodford, E18 2LY (Near Waitrose, Zizzi, The George). Closed Mondays