A little while ago, hubby and I visited a local Thai restaurant with my sister and brother-in-law. Hubby was concerned, as he knows that Thai food uses a lot of coconut in its dishes - and he despises coconut with a passion! But the place came highly recommended, and I said that I was sure there would be something without coconut in for him to try! And since neither of us had tried Thai food before, it was a nice opportunity to do so.
The Ardleigh and Dragon used to be a traditional British pub, but somewhere along the line, it changed hands and is now a Thai restaurant. There is a big bar area and beer garden, where you can order food, as well as a restaurant that you can sit down in instead. The bar prices for the food are slightly cheaper. They also offer a take-away service too! So it's good to know that we now have a local Thai food place. The Ardleigh and Dragon is in Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch. And it's not just Thai food on offer, there is also a selection of English pub favourites.
Between the four of us, we shared a couple of starter platters....
This is my sister's go-to Thai dish (she said), and probably the only dish I had ever really heard of when it comes to Thai food! A very pretty omelette 'basket' on top which encased the noodles and other goodies. Flavourful, but again, a safe option if you've never tried Thai food (in my opinion!) This was £4.75. (Correct at time of blogging!)
My curry was lamb. Not my first choice for a curry, I usually have chicken, but the coconut sauce was deliciously creamy, and there was a nice crunch from the peanuts on the top. You could also choose to have potato and pumpkin if you are a vegetarian, which I think sounds yummy. There was a generous serving in a bowl, with a rice timable on the side which looked ever so pretty! For this dish I paid £6.35. (Correct at time of blogging!)
I have to say that our first foray into Thai cuisine, was an enjoyable one. The service was swift, and because you order at the bar, it is easy enough to split a bill between you all. We visited late Sunday lunchtime, and it was fairly quiet, but my sister reliably informs me that it gets super busy in there - not surprising as the service is friendly and the food is good.
If you're in the area, and fancy something a little bit different, head for The Ardleigh & Dragon!
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