I’m unadventurous when it comes to Thai food, and at Singburi I’m no different, usually sticking to the same order, a starter of Thai fishcakes (£5), a main of green curry chicken (£7.95) and a side of rice (£2).When the food arrives (swiftly, which is good if, like me, you suffer from hangriness – crossness that only increases the hungrier you become) you’ll realise why Singburi is so popular.
Portions are generous and the food is big on flavour; for the price it’s up there with the best I’ve had outside of Thailand. I prefer not to share my four always perfectly-cooked fishcakes, but the serving is big enough that you could, if pushed. The green curry is spicy and has an excellent sauce to meat and veg ratio (they’re not shy of using chilli here, so if you like things more on the subtle side either ask them to dial it down or go for a less spicy option).It’s BYO so go armed with your favourite tipple and, be warned it’s cash only. The one time I didn’t have enough on me I had to dash to Tesco’s, wait in a seemingly endless queue and receive a lecture on the rules of contactless when I attempted to get £10 cash back by tapping my card on the thingimibob.
And if they can’t squeeze you into the restaurant (a very real possibility on a Friday or Saturday night) or you just fancy a night in and a Netflix marathon, it’s worth knowing that they do takeaway.
So with the mildly alarming news this week that the owners are retiring, let’s hope whoever takes it over keeps the same level of quality and general all-round charm.
You’ll find Singburi at 593 High Road Leytonstone. Open 6pm to 10.30pm Tuesday to Saturday. 6pm – 10pm Sunday. Closed Mondays. Telephone 0208 281 4801.
This article was updated on 21st April 2017