To the west of Telegraph Hill Park, Chai Garden Thai Restaurant and Café is in a converted stable block, with an entrance around the side of the pub. The team are serving fragrant dishes of familiar and exotic Thai dishes to Lewisham’s locals with an eye for classic Thai cuisine, served in the traditional small-plate style. Don’t let the name fool you, there’s little about this beauty that instills tranquil contemplation over a cup of tea – Chai Garden is wild.
The presentation of this little place in London’s Nunhead can't be faulted – neither the food nor the dining room. There’s been a spate of average-or-less Thai places springing up south of the river, but this restaurant really stands on its own, sprawling seductively across the pub’s garden. The dining room is beautifully adorned with huge windows, giving a hot-and-heavy summer vibe – even in winter. All this and we haven’t got to the food yet. Brace yourselves.
The food at Chai Garden in Nunhead is London’s Lewisham is a sight to behold. The food is fragrant, inviting exotic and other, and when it arrives it is enough to bring even the most birdlike eater out in gluttonous, lascivious sweats. There are tiny, delectable bites of Thai duck, Penang chicken, and satay galore which will leave you begging for more. There is a large range of drinks available, including Thai beers, wines, or drinks on draft direct from the pub next door, which will help to cool your passions before you leave. Service is relaxed (though food is only served when it’s ready, so is a little patch-work) and the atmosphere is very chilled, with hints of local music plinking in the background. The Chai Garden is a mistress you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry despite London and Lewisham’s abundance of decent Thai restaurants.
The staff are very attentive and welcoming and the food is always amazing, as well as very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend for any occasion.
Such delicious food and lovely staff, would come again anytime! Just wish the place was a little busier :) Would recommend the chicken masamun curry, was superb!
Chai's Garden is wonderful. I have been several times before and always really enjoy the experience. The restaurant has great decor and atmosphere and the food is delish!
Previously was a regular at Chai Garden. Always thought it was excellent. Moved out of area and have not been for several years. Menu has changed only slightly. The food was excellent. Fresh tasty wonderful Thai food. Staff friendly and attentive as always and even remembered us despite the intervening years. Absolutely enjoyed our evening and will definitely make the journey in from Kent again.
Authentic feel for this Thai restaurant. Food was authentic and extremely tasty. Tucked in the courtyard, in what could have been the coaches stables, there is a light and airy main dining room and some covered outside dinning areas for those summer evenings. Well worth the visit.
Quirky little place attached to the back of a pub (has separate entrance so you don't go into the pub). Very quaint decor. Really enjoyed the food. Vegetable tempura starter is especially good although did have to hunt for it as not in main starter menu - have a separate menu at back for vegetarians.
Great selection on menu to cater to all tastes. The food was tasty and reasonably priced. Drink arrived in a dirty glass but a fresh drink was brought out to replace it without fuss. Would definitely recommend and would eat here again.
Simply superb Amazing thai green curry and exceptional cashew chicken. Deep fried ice cream is a must try Restraunt is in the oddest possible location but with superbest of food and service