Le Village

Le Village is a one of the many LGBTQ+ venues on bustling St James’s Street, it regularly hosts some of the UKs top drag performers and boasts possibly the most colourful, covered outdoor space in the area. 

Word has it, you can also find the most delicious and affordable Thai food there too, so I decided to check it out.   

The food is cooked fresh every evening from 5pm until 9.30pm (from midday on Fridays and Saturdays) by husband and wife chef team, Andy and Tai. Their family owns a very successful restaurant in Thailand, so I knew I was in for a treat. 

I ordered the mixed platter to start, which is a little bit of everything. Spring rolls, Thai fishcakes, chicken satay, vegetable tempura, prawn crackers, battered king prawns with sweet chilli and plum sauce. All cooked on point and absolutely delicious. The main event was pretty special.I ordered Pla Lad Pric, which in layman’s terms (pardon the pun) is a deep fried Seabass fillet with a sweet chilli and pineapple sauce. It arrived in a fish shaped dish with a love heart shaped mound of sticky rice. 

Overall, an explosion of colours, flavours and textures, a real assault on the senses in the best way. The dish is slightly spicy with crispy, flaky fish with the sweetness of the pineapple cutting through the chilli. This place is definitely worth a visit, I have sampled many Thai restaurants in the city and this is up there with the best. 

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Steven Graham
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