FILLING, tasty food at a reasonable price makes for the perfect combination at Silom Village Thai.
A delicious smell greets you as you walk through the door of the restaurant, in The Mall, Ealing, and are seated by friendly staff.
The menu offers a wide selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian options but not at the expense of quality.
I chose Neaur Khing Sod, beef with fresh ginger and mushrooms, costing £4.95 together with sticky rice at £2.25. I could have had plain steamed rice for £1.75 but my choice had that extra satisfying bite to it.
The beef was tender and the sauce had plenty of flavour with a pleasant kick to it thanks to the ginger.
I washed it down with refreshing green tea at £1 a mug.
My partner chose Gaeng Goong Sub Rod, a mild prawn curry with pineapple. She described it as the perfect Thai comfort food, sufficiently warming without being too fiery and just the right amount.
To drink she choose a Singha beer costing £2.80, an imported Thai lager which has a good crisp flavour.
The restaurant is not big and, as the night got busier, some diners found themselves sitting quite close to strangers. But nobody seemed to mind as the food and value are more than worth it and everyone had enough space.
Despite the pleasantly soothing interior it does not strike me as a place you would spend hours eating in – more somewhere to treat yourself at lunch or before a night out.
At £17.20 the meal was a bargain and would have been even cheaper had we caught the lunch offer; during the deal, which runs from 12pm to 6pm, steamed rice would have been free.