Aubergine and Tofu salad
Brockley was eerily quiet on the final weekend before it Christmas. Work parties completed, it felt like everyone was either tucked up in front of the TV or had fled the capital to be with friends and family.
I was hoping to check out Smiles Thai for the first time, but it was sadly closed. Perhaps the owners had left for Christmas too?
Being in the mood for Thai we walked round the corner to Just Thai Thai instead, a restaurant I had visited once before five year ago. I can't remember the food from my previous visit, but I do remember being sat in the draughty bay window so we opted for a table in the middle of the restaurant this time.
We started with the aubergine and tofu salad which was my favourite dish of the evening. A plate full of aubergine, tofu, cashes nuts, tomato, mint, coriander and lettuce was covered in a lively dressing. The salad tasted pretty authentic with hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours going on.
The Thai sausages were different to the fermented pork sausages that I'm used to picking up as a street snack in Thailand. The sausages had a kick of chilli and were served with some refreshing pineapple, fresh ginger and a few dried scud chillies. I was only brave enough to have the tiniest nibble of one of the scuds and it was certainly hot!
Pla chu chee
Our final dish was the pla chu chee a sea bass fish curry. I enjoyed the curry sauce and flaky sea bass. The limp and over cooked pak choi and brussel sprouts (which I initially thought must be pea aubergines) lurking under the fish were less successful for me.
I enjoyed the authentic tasting salad, but the other dishes were a little hit and miss for me. However, there was enough promise of authentic Thai flavours to tempt me back to explore a bit more of the menu sometime.
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Just Thai Thai
293 Brockley Road