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Portland Rd. Send to Phone
020-8771 1148
Underground: Rail: Norwood Junction
Inspired Thai cooking in south London.

Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner Tues.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Mantanah Restaurant Review

: Mantanah is outside central London but those determined enough to find it are rewarded with fine Thai cooking. The family business operates in a pleasantly furnished room, a simple background for varied and exciting dishes. Don't miss the soups, a major feature of Thai meals, and properly served as a side dish with the main course. Tom yum is hot-and-sour, highly aromatic, with chicken, beef or prawns. Curries are generally milder than soups but made hotter to order; choose from green, red, “jungle” or regional specialties. Other treasures include aptly named “yum yum,” chilli hot salads and varied stir-fries and grills. The national signature dish is pad thai, fried rice noodles with prawns, egg, bean shoots and ground peanuts. Brown or sticky rice also makes a satisfying background for the subtle spicing of the curries. Vegetarians can choose from a special menu listing some 20-plus options. Set 3-course dinner £18 per person; 4 courses £25.


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