Thai Garden Catford – greasy, salty Thai food

Thai Garden Catford is a small Thai cafe (with BYOB) and food delivery service in south east London. It used to be outstanding around 2007-08 but has been slipping for a while now. We decided to give it another chance this weekend and wished we hadn’t.

Firstly, we placed an order that was due to be delivered over an hour later. We waited a good while longer and K ended up phoning twice to check what was happening. On both occasions, the person who answered the call was abrupt, rude and put the phone down on him!

The food finally arrived and initially looked and smelled pretty good (honestly – the photos below are taken with a mobile phone so probably don’t flatter). The sharing platter starter @ £10.95 (spring rolls, prawn toast, chicken wings, won ton, deep-fried vegetable tempura and chicken satay) was however, very greasy and the tod mun pla (four Thai fishcakes @ £4.25) were incredibly salty. The sharing platter for two starter was a huge portion – probably enough for four people – we only ate half.

Greasy starters from Thai Garden Catford
Greasy spring roll + kitchen towel

For main course, we’d ordered red beef curry @ £6.45 and a green chicken curry @ £5.95 with coconut rice @ £2.50 a portion. Again, portions are large so it’s not as expensive as it may at first seem (for a take-away) although we ended up leaving half of it.

Greasy starters – sharing platter for two

Green curry, chicken - Thai Garden Catford
Green chicken curry with coconut rice – looked good initially

Keeping details sparse, let’s just say that the high salt content and grease didn’t make for easy digestion. Thai Garden Catford was going to score a Lardbutty rating of 2 / 5. But they lost another point at around 4am this morning.

I’ve no idea if Thai Garden Catford changed hands at some point in the last couple of years but we won’t be eating from here again.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 1 / 5
~ Type: Thai
~ Address: 17 Catford Hill, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4NU
~ Tel: 020 8690 0066
~ Nearest train station: Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website: n/a
~ Menu: on Just Eat website
~ Location: Thai Garden Catford map

Thai Garden Catford on Urbanspoon


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