Another week, another Teddington restaurant on the F Word! This episode was the showdown for Thai eateries. The hidden gem that is Simply Thai is situated on Kingston Road and has an army of happy regulars who helped vote it on to the show.
Gordon describes owner Patria as a “culinary fire-cracker” and the restaurant: “with just 10 tables – it’s a tiny restaurant run by a tiny chef..but Patria has a hugely passionate temperament…and has dedicated her life to creating perfect Thai cuisine.”
Also in her own words when asked about her passion and what is the secret of her success: “All my time is here in the restaurant. The restaurant to me is my home, is my family. I cook very good food, traditional Thai food cooked with my love, my care, my passion, everything my heart I put into every single dish”
During his visit to the restaurant Gordon sampled the menu with crispy sea bass with jungle curry and king prawn special (both available on their current menu) and commented “Simply Thai? No, that’s accomplished Thai cooking.”
Throughout the show it was a close race but Simply Thai’s spicy fish cakes, authentic slow-roasted sweet pork curry and jasmine rice pudding with mango & coconut won the diners over. They beat North London’s Yum Yum and finished with 82/100 dinners paid for which puts them currently top of the leaderboard which as well as high praise indeed means that they are definitely through to the semi finals.
[Update 12th December] Since appearing on the programme Simply Thai has experienced unprecedented demand and currently takeaway will not be available until further notice so that staff can focus on serving dining-in customers – restaurant places are currently booked up until the end of February.
[Update 6th January] Update on the semi-final results.