I recently built a website for Red Cube Recruitment, and Tracey & Fran (the directors) wanted to treat me to lunch to say thank you. I suggested The Ardleigh & Dragon Thai Pub/Restaurant (in Hornchurch, Essex) as I’ve been several times now, and the food is always good! Tracey said it was her favourite place to go, so the date was pencilled in the diaries! Unfortunately Fran wasn’t able to make it at the last minute, which was a shame.
We ordered a couple of drinks, and sat in the bar to wait for our food. I explained to Tracey that I simply must take a couple of snaps (always on my iPhone, I never hoist my Lumix camera out!) to blog about…as a food blogger and photographer, you know I can’t go out for a meal without taking a photo!
This is what we had…
We shared a Kingfisher Platter (£11.25) which contained tempura prawns, Thai fish cakes, steamed dim sum, sesame prawn toast and crispy salt and pepper squid. The dips on the side were sweet chilli and peanut satay.
The fried elements were hot, crunchy and tasty, and the red chilli pepper slices on top packed a punch! Plenty of dip for dunking too, and a nice size for two to share as a started. Hubby just saw this photo over my shoulder and said “is that what you had, it looks well nice”. It was!!
Tracey picked, what she told me is her favourite dish – Neau Pad Kratiem Prik Thai (£8.75) – beef, stir-fried spring onion, cracked black pepper, garlic, coriander, soy sauce and oyster sauce, served on crispy lettuce, with rice on the side. It look and smelled delicious. Tracey confirmed, that as always, it was!
I stuck to a dish that I knew – Gai Pad Thai (£6.95) – chicken with rice noodles stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts, carrots, spring onion and Pad Thai sauce. It was tasty – very filling, and a good dish to start with if you’ve never had Thai food before. I wished I had a little more lime to squeeze over the top!
Once again, a lovely meal at The Ardleigh and Dragon. If you are in the area, I highly recommend the place!