Taste of Siam, Camden

When we moved to North London from Fulham we found that it was a big contrast…

even for us, foreigners with no particular attachment to any borough in London, leaving the quieter pace of SW6 for the chaos and buzz of NW1 required some adjusting.

Camden is one of the top five attractions in town and this has positive as well as negative aspects: The positives are that no matter what time of the night you go back home, you are never alone. The streets are lively and you can walk safely (within reason) to most places. The negatives on the other hand, to me at least, are that as the tourist hotspot that it is, Camden has plenty of disappointing food offers and shops. Amongst all the

The negatives on the other hand, to me at least, are that as the tourist hotspot that it is, Camden has plenty of disappointing food offers and shops. Amongst all the horror however, there are some gems waiting to be found. Taste of Siam is one of those.

pad thai

(Pad Thai)

Since we left our previous office, my husband and I had missed enormously the delicious food of Addies (our local Thai restaurant in Earl’s Court) and to find this restaurant in Camden, so near to our home was a fantastic surprise.

king prawns in red curry

(Special King prawns in red curry sauce)

The business started as a restaurant with a shop in the south part of Camden High Street (slightly to the north of Koko, on the opposite side of the road) and it is now a (deservingly) thriving business that takes up four units:

crying tiger

(Crying Tiger… chill steak)

There is a cafe, frequented mainly by Thai young students who attend regularly to enjoy the traditional hot pot with friends. The second restaurant, which deco seems to attract more westerners. The original restaurant with its austere interior made out of beautifully crafted textiles and its regular customers. And finally the shop, where you can find a great selection of fresh and packed Asian ingredients.

carrot juice

(Carrot juice / Thai Beer)

Tips:

1. Do treat yourself to the hot pot at the cafe… probably better for a winter’s day where you want to meet your friends and share a meal.

The soup base is delicious and they serve it a very generous selection of fresh raw ingredients which you then cook over a hot plate in a similar way to a sukiyaki.

2. There is a Thai desert which only locals know about. It is a coconut mochi (steamed rice ball) which is delicious. They serve it slightly warm and it has a very authentic, home-made taste.

Photographs by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate
Text by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate

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