Esarn Kheaw, Shepherd’s Bush

Excessive order
Left even the staff reeling.
Worth it? Yes and no.

Esarn Kheaw - Tom Yum Goong £7.95 King prawns soup with lemonjuice, limeleaf, lemon grass, kalanga, chilli and fish sauce.
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.

Esarn Kheaw - Spiced Pork Salad Thai Style £6.95 Minced pork, thinly sliced pork skins with lemon juice, limeleaf, coriander, spring onion, chilli and fish sauce.
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.

Esarn Kheaw Sausage £4.95 Home made Thai sausage. Served with fresh ginger and chilli.
Esarn Kheaw Sausage £4.95
Home-made Thai sausage. Served with fresh ginger and chilli.
Not impressed. Again, too sour and lacking flavour. Good texture though.

Esarn Kheaw - Spiced Papaya Salad Northeast Style £4.95 apaya and carrots, combined with fresh chilli, garlic, lemon juice, crushed peanuts and fish sauce.
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.

Esarn Kheaw - Gaeng Keaw Wan Kai  £7.95 Green chicken curry in coconut cream with aubergine peas, egg plant, sweet basil and fish sauce.
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, Shepherd's Bush
Nice frontage

Esarn Kheaw Thai Restaurant
314 Uxbridge Road
London W12 7LJ
020 8743 8930
www.esarnkheaw.com
Esarn Kheaw on Urbanspoon

Bonus marks – it’s next to the wonderful Bush Hall which is why we were in the hood – to see this guy.

Stewart Lee at Bush Hall

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.

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11 Responses to Esarn Kheaw, Shepherd’s Bush

  1. The Grubworm says:

    Thai banger fail.
    Oh no, broke ‘shroom rules,
    Gluttons beware

    😉

  2. Used to live in Bush
    I recall their sticky rice
    and carved radish obsession.

  3. Joshua says:

    First time I have seen
    The Thai style sour sausage here
    In this fine city.

    • meemalee says:

      They could have been better – I’ve had them at The Thailand in New Cross and they were really good. Mind you, that place is more Lao than Thai.

  4. Joshua says:

    Cheers. The soured things were one of my favourite foods from travelling, whether it was sausages or the sour grilled pork in Laos. Haven’t managed to find a recipe for pork although a few sausage ones on the web I will try at some point.

  5. Sharmila says:

    I went here once, prior to a gig at Bush Hall. I remember it being okay.

    On the Thai sausage front, get thee to 101 Thai Kitchen in Stamford Brook. Amazing Northern Thai sausages. Mmm, Thai sausage.

  6. I am loving the whole feel of this new blog Mimi.

  7. t says:

    esarn sausages are suppose to be sour, they’re not cumberland! u dnt use straw mushrooms in Tom yum soup!

    • meemalee says:

      I know what esarn sausages are meant to taste like – sourness was the only flavour you got from these ones.

      And yes, you do use straw mushrooms in Tom Yum soup.

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