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Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chilli-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle. Aquatic animals, plant and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking. Big cuts of meat were shredded and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods were stewing and baking, or grilling. Overpowering pure spices were toned down and enhanced by fresh herbs such as lemon grass and galangal. Eventually, fewer and less spices were used in Thai curries, while the use of fresh herbs increased. It is generally acknowledged that Thai curries burn intensely, but briefly, whereas other curries, with strong spices, burn for longer periods. Thai meal is served all at once, permitting diners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tasters. A proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. A spiced salad may replace the curry dish. The soup can also be spicy, but the curry should be replaced by a non-spiced item. There must be harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.
Baan Thai is a busy and vibrant Thai restaurant on Coldharbour Lane in London’s buzzing Brixton. The delicious food, laid-back vibe and super-friendly staff make it a favourite with locals and a pre-concert crowd headed for the Brixton Academy. Baan Thai restaurant’s cheery dining room is decorated with vibrant colours, comfortable seating and holiday-coloured lights. Baan Thai is rightly proud that all its staff, including the chef, are Thai, adding an indisputable flavour of Thailand to their authentic menu. If you already know and love Thai food as most of Britain seems to, you’ll be delighted to find most of your favourite dishes on the menu, including tom yum gai soup, lovely curries like massaman, jungle, red and green. International wines, beers and soft drinks are very reasonably priced, so you can make an outing to Baan Thai a regular occurrence. Baan Thai is perfect for a quick and delicious meal with friends.
401 Coldharbour Lane Brixton London SW9 8LQ Tel:0207 7375888