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The Paddyfield serves a range of authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes within relaxed surroundings.

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The Paddyfield reviews

By A N.

Simply the best Thai/Vietnamese restaurant in South London. Great service too. The Tom Yum soup is like liquid vitality. Highly recommended!

By Ian B.

Started well, with some free crackers and a sample of beef salad to share. However it soon went downhill. After quickly taking our order the food then took around 40 mins to arrive, (the place was empty; we were there early) and it wasn't worth the wait. Our green curries were meagre portions of scraps of chicken in a bland sauce. For this little cup of coconut broth I was being charged £10, with the added insult of paying an extra £3 to have some rice with it. The rice was nicely presented, and had been mirowaved perfectly, but it should surely come with a green curry, not as an extra!? To wash our curries down we bought two mango juices - £3 each. £3 for mango 'juice' from a carton. It seems this place once had a reputation for good, cheap cooking and if the bill had been 50% less, it would've been fine. It seems greed has taken over (non-optional 15% added also to the bill!) 2 small average green curries, with 2 cups of soft drink: £37

By Jemma D.

A Vietnamese and Thai restaurant in Balham with an authentic menu and helpful staff.

The Venue
You might mistake The Paddyfield in Balham for a basic, rustic restaurant in Vietnam – there’s nothing but tiles on the walls and what look likes cafeteria chairs and tables. Although the seats might be slightly uncomfortable, the owners of this small restaurant have done everything they can to make it feel like a true depiction of real south east Asia.

The Atmosphere
The Paddyfield is always busy and it’s not strange to find a queue leading out of the door up Bedford Hill, or to be told to come back for a table in 10 minutes when it looks like everyone is just tucking into their starters. If you do come back though, you’ll find a table has materialised out of nowhere – it might be tacked onto someone else’s, but it fits, and just adds to the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Staff are helpful and good with recommendations but despite the initial quick service the food takes a little longer to arrive – this is probably due to the small kitchen, few kitchen staff and the volume of customers.

The Food
The lack of speed is forgiven though as the food is delicious. Fresh vegetable spring rolls are complemented by sweet chilli sauce and the vegetables taste as fresh as if they’ve been picked that day. Pad Thai is perfectly cooked and is a good mixture of different textures, with crunchy bean sprouts and onions, soft, juicy chicken and aromatic. The yellow fish curry is rich in flavour with large chunks of fresh fish – order it coconut or jasmine rice, which add to the richness of the dish. The salty and sweet garlic and chilli tiger prawns and house beef salad are the healthier options but by no means less tasty. Main courses cost between £4 and £7 making it good value for money.

The Drink
The Paddyfield is a BYO which helps keep the cost down. A corkage charge of £1 is more than reasonable.

The Last Word
You’ll leave The Paddyfield feeling satisfied and appreciated as a customer, and you will definitely return.

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