Coconut Grove Cafe
226 St. Pauls Rd
London N1 2LJ
Tel: 020 7226 6544
Date of Last Visit: Sunday, October 19th, 2008
The Victims: Matt, Carolyn, Gerry, Ben, and two others whose names, sadly, escape me.
The Background: After a big day out at the Lewes Apple Fest, it was time for some dinner. Our train came back into Victoria, which made Highbury & Islington one of the easier places to get to…a straight shot on the Victoria Line.
Some of us were total dorks and whipped out Google maps to see what the closest restaurants to Highbury & Islington might be. Thai Corner Cafe popped up as highly recommended on one of the London restaurant guides we consulted, but upon arrival, we were told that they were fully booked. (Interesting for a Sunday! And true by the looks of it.) But they led us around the corner to Coconut Grove Cafe, a restaurant they apparently own as well.
The Starters: We split an order of spring rolls and prawn crackers to start. The spring rolls were just deep-fried bits of deep-friedness. Filling and delicious only because of the amount of cider we had consumed earlier.
The Mains: I opted for my old stand-by. Pad Se Eu with Chicken. It was okay. Missing something. Maybe more fish sauce? It needed a little bit more saltiness to it. It looked nice though. All the dishes looked really nice. If anything, they get points for presentation.
The Decor: Kinda cute. Very Thai. And it looks like they have a nice little garden when they weather is nice.
The Loos: In need of a deep clean.
The Verdict: Eh.