this restaurant has been serving thai food since the 1960’s and we have been told by locals that it was one of the first thai restaurants in london. the owners at the time were officials from the thai embassy in queens gate, london. they missed their thai food and could not find any restaurant serving this ‘new to uk’ cuisine. so a small group of them decided to open their own thai restaurant.
we took over in the spring of 1997 and began renovations. our aim was to give the restaurant a fresh, bright and contemporary feel with touches of thai charm. walls were painted white, dark wooden floors were laid and low voltage ‘chopstick’ halogen lighting was installed.
to this day, we are proud to be the only thai restaurant in kensington which is run, owned and cooked by thai's.
in thailand, the style of dishes varies in different areas. for example, the northeast is famous for its spicy salads and the south is well known for its heavy use of spices and chilli in its curries. our menu presents to you dishes from almost all areas of thailand so that you can have the best experience of this delicious and healthy cuisine.
we pride our food in being authentic, almost homely, so no expense spared, we order the freshest thai ingredients flown in twice a week from thailand, as the key to delicious thai cuisine is to use quality thai grown herbs, spices and vegetables.
we look forward to welcoming you to papaya tree!