From Hammersmith to Bray
Saturday, May 06th , 2023
Thai 101 Kitchen is one of a clutch of capable Thai restaurants in Hammersmith – others are Jin Da Thai and Sugarcane. I was impressed by a crisp sea bass dish and good pad Thai and tom yum goong, amongst other dishes. It is an enjoyable neighbourhood restaurant at a fair price, a rarity in these days of high food inflation.
The Waterside Inn is an icon of the British dining scene, located on an attractive part of the Thames with weeping willows to view from the dining room. The cooking is classical, and although it has retained its three Michelin stars for decades, my previous few visits had been somewhat lacklustre. There is a now a new (joint) head chef in the form of Adam Wright, who based on this meal has definitely had a positive impact. A red mullet dish in particular was superb, and although the bill here is always going to be high at least now the cooking shows signs of moving in a good direction.