Left even the staff reeling.
Worth it? Yes and no.
Tom Yum Goong £7.95
King prawn soup with lemon juice, lime leaf, lemongrass, galangal, chilli and fish sauce.
Beautiful – packed a happy punch. Wish they’d used straw mushrooms instead of bog-standard though – had to fish them out.
Spiced Pork Salad Thai Style £6.95
Minced pork, thinly sliced pork skins with lemon juice, lime leaf, coriander, spring onion, chilli and fish sauce.
Didn’t quite live up to the promise, too sour and not enough savoury. Generous with the old pigskin though. Nice one.
Spiced Papaya Salad Northeast Style £4.95
Papaya and carrots, combined with fresh chilli, garlic, lemon juice, crushed peanuts and fish sauce.
Fine, but couldn’t help thinking some protein in the form of shrimp or crab was missing.
Gaeng Keaw Wan Kai £7.95
Green chicken curry in coconut cream with aubergine, peas, eggplant, sweet basil and fish sauce.
This was proper bo. By which I mean good. Nearly killed my husband with its insidious chilli heat, but I loved it.
Esarn Kheaw Thai Restaurant
314 Uxbridge Road
London W12 7LJ
020 8743 8930
By the way, the point of the haiku is that I tried to order a few more dishes and the waiter actually wouldn’t let me.