Yum Yum – Pimlico

While it’s nice to order take-aways from tried-and-tested favourite restaurants, it’s also good to try something new from time to time. Last weekend we wanted Thai food in the Clapham area (Amazing Thai was closest and we’ve eaten there many times over the years; it’s good but slightly over-priced for small portions so we fancied a change). We decided to try out Pimlico-based Yum Yum instead.

Ordering online through Just Eat (a straight-forward, reliable process) we chose tod mun Thai fishcakes @ £4.90 and Tom Yum Thai soup @ £3.50 for starters (good fishcakes but the Tom Yum soup was so oily it had totally separated).

Tod mun – Thai fishcakes

Tom Yum – Thai soup – oily

K and I both love aromatic crispy duck pancakes. Yum Yum also does a crispy lamb variety @ £6.95 so we decided to try it (nice enough, the lamb was slightly tough, I’ll stick with duck in future).

Crispy lamb pancakes

For main course we shared squid sambal @ £5.99 and beef in black bean sauce @ £5.80 with an egg fried rice @ £2.99 and vegetable nasi goreng @ £5.00.

Squid sambal + beef in black bean sauce

The sambal and nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) weren’t a patch on Nancy Lam’s (the squid wasn’t as tender as it could have been, and there was too much chilli in the sambal sauce making it overly fiery) but were enjoyable enough all the same.

Yum Yum positions itself as Chinese (they do a range of dim sum) but the menu offers as much Thai and Malaysian food too.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Thai, Malaysian, Chinese
~ Address: 28 Denbigh Street, Pimlico, London
~ Postcode: SW1V 2ER
~ Nearest station: Pimlico
~ Website + menus: Yum Yum website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Yum Yum food
~ Location: Yum Yum map


More Pimlico dining:
~ Pimlico Fresh
~ Seafresh
~ Taquitos Mexican Grill

Yum Yum on Urbanspoon

Goulston Street food court

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Rain. Rain. Rain.


It may have rained all week but it’s Friday, it’s lunchtime and Goulston Street food court is just around the corner. So all is well. Among the international ‘street food’ stalls here in East London (near Petticoat Lane/Middlesex Street), there’s something for everyone. I’m gradually working my way around all the stalls (on different days, of course!) and haven’t been disappointed yet.


Food stalls: Moroccan spiced fish, Lebanese falafel + Satay Bangkok


01. Lebanese falafel The first stall you come to, if approaching from Whitechapel High Street, is – I find – hard to resist. It’s worth stopping just to watch the happy chappies there assemble wraps at super-sonic speed. And they still find time to give you bits of deep fried falafel to munch, to keep you happy while you wait. It’s £3.00 for a medium size wrap which is stuffed full of falafel (of course), salad, pickles, humous, chilli sauce (if you want it) and even a few chips (a bit odd but again – only if you want it). This is a filling – and fairly well balanced – meal for me. It’s flavoursome, fresh, spicy and totally amazing.

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Falafel wrap – so dense it stands up on its own


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Sunny sometimes at Goulston Street Food Court – falafel making


02. Moroccan fish At the 3 habibis stall, a spicy fillet of fish is griddled fresh in front of you. Choose your selection of vegetables and either rice or a wrap to go with it. All for only £4.50. Just divine.


Moroccan fish with rice + veg @ £4.50

03. Satay Bangkok The chicken in the chicken satay is so tender it’s as if it’s been slow cooked for hours (perhaps it has, in their industrial size woks?). Served with a smooth, peanutty sauce and a side salad at only £4.50 this is great value for such a tasty meal.


Satay chicken – really tender, served with rice and side salad


04. Thai Tasty Takeaway
Choose from the suggested dishes pictured around the serving hatch (or you can go off-menu) and watch fresh ingredients being cooked to order right in front of you.

Individually cooked Thai dishes served at Thai Tasty Takeaway

The spicy (eye-wateringly so) tofu Thai red curry is excellent value @ £4.50 and  contains sweet basil, red and green peppers, peas, bamboo shoots and mixed veggies (carrots, mange tout, cauliflower and/or broccoli) cooked in coconut milk. Excellent.

Tofu Thai red curry @ £4.50

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Chicken green curry

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Yellow massaman curry


Other stalls include Japanese katsu, Beijing dim yum, Jordanian rice and meat dishes, and more. Very, very good – check it out.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: international
~ Address: Goulston Street, London
~ Postcode: E1
~ Nearest stations: Aldgate East, Aldgate
~ Photos on flickr: images of Goulston Street food court
~ Location: Goulston Street food court


Nearby street food markets:
~ Goulston Street food court
~ KERB at Spitalfields
~ World Food Market at Devonshire Square


Momowich – Shoreditch

Quaint back door entrance on Toynbee Street, Shoreditch

It’s only my second visit to Momo’wich. I’ve taken a late lunch break today and am pleased to see there are a few chairs free on this occasion so I can eat in.

As I approach the counter I’m served straight away and am asked what I’d like, “Perhaps something spicy? Try a sample of Malaysian chicken curry?”

Selection of curries, noodles + rendang sandwiches

It’s pretty cold today. Something spicy sounds appealing, although – after the gorgeous Pad Thai I had on my last (and first) visit, I’d already got my eye on the beef rendang sandwich and tod mun fishcakes.

But I like to keep an open mind, and was persuaded by the hot and spicy taster. It had a real kick to it. One Malaysian chicken curry with salad it is.

Malaysian chicken curry – hot and spicy @ £3.75

Pad Thai – £3.95 for this ‘medium’ portion (it’s £5.50 for a large)

The Pad Thai here is also pretty special: fresh, hot noodles topped with ground peanuts and chilli sauce, and a bit of side salad. And a very reasonable portion for £3.95 that doesn’t over-face.

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Chicken green Thai curry – 1/2 portion @ £3.75

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Beef rendang with rice + salad – large portion @ £5.50

An outstanding little cafe, even by Shoreditch’s high standards.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Thai, Malaysian
~ Address: 75 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, London
~ Postcode: E1 6BD
~ Tel: 020 7377 6409
~ Nearest stations: Aldgate, Aldgate East, Shoreditch
~ Website + menus: Momo’wich website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Momo’wich food
~ facebook page: Momo’wich facebook page
~ Location: Momo’wich map

More Shoreditch dining:
~ Fora – Mediterranean restaurant, City branch
~ Kastner & Ovens – great salad selection
~ Mama Thai – Indian + Thai take-away curries + noodles
~ Pizza Union – stonebaked pizza, Spitalfields

Momo'wich on Urbanspoon