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Wednesday, October 01, 2008


I have a little list.

In fact I have quite a few little lists. I have a list of those people who have crossed me in one way or another over the years and on whom I shall wreak malevolent and vicious revenge in the not too distant future. I have a list of women in TV adverts I would like to get jiggy with, top of which is the woman in the BT advert and I have a list of things to achieve before I am fifty, top of which remains to purchase Rotherham Utd and take them to European glory.

Slightly more sanely if a lot less interesting, I also have a list places to try for a cheap lunch in the environs of London's fashionable SOSHO. Chaat in Shoreditch, a little Italian café at the top of Brick Lane recommended by my friend Martina, My Old Place, the sister restaurant to Gourmet San on Petticoat Lane and Cheeky Pete’s, on the site of the old Barcelona tapas bar, which promises that you can “build your own burger”

Not on the list at all, primarily because I did not know it existed until yesterday was Mama-Thai on Tonnybee St. Mama-Thai’s was one of the best of the ethnic food stalls making a regular appearance at The Upmarket in Spitalfield every Sunday. Now they have decamped to a small café, which judging from the queues outside is already proving to be a bit of a hit with local workers.

Half a dozen Thai curries are made fresh every day including a chicken green curry and a matsman curry and while Mama dished enormo spoonfuls on to mounds of steamed rice for hungry office folk to take away in Tupperware, I took the more leisurely option of grabbing one of the few seats to eat my own heaving plate.

The chicken curry was well made with large chunks of bird, Thai basil and sufficient chilli heat to raise a sweat. It could only have been improved with a good dose of lime juice. While the spring roll I tried was doughy and lacking in filling, the other curries on offer all looked like they could be worth trying.

Lunch, to you, £5.60 including a soft drink.

By the size of the line out of the door when I left, Mama and Mr Thai don’t need me to write about it to ensure this is going to be a real goldmine for them and it is definitely one you should add to your own lists

Just remember however, the woman in the BT advert is mine, all mine.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Mama Thai's is a favourite in our office. We also like her website:

Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:52:00 am  
Blogger tim_g said...

when i went along to gourmet san the other week they were giving out a new menu which is the same as the my old place one. lots more offal on it (e.g intestines)

Friday, October 03, 2008 11:33:00 am  

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