The unlikely bedfellows of spicy Thai cuisine and a good old fashioned British pub has been gaining traction for years now, especially in the capital. What is less common, however, is to find such a beast with a kitchen in contention for best in the area. At Norbiton and Dragon on Clifton Road in Kingston upon Thames we have exactly that – a boozer your dad will like with a serious Thai kitchen cooking up a storm for the restaurant next door.
Passersby would be forgiven for mistaking the Kingston restaurant as a run-of-the-mill local pub, albeit a very nice one. The exterior, all light brick and traditional lettering gives away nothing of the complexity inside. Guests are welcomed into the pub area and can go one of two ways. The first, a pint or a glass of wine in the pub and picking and choosing from Thai nibbles on the bar menu, and the second, being ushered into the restaurant proper for an evening for spicy Thai dishes. Locals to Clifton Road have never had it so good.
The restaurant itself is something of a change of dynamic from the bar area where drinkers can sink into a couch and never get back up. Instead, here you’ll find hints of Thai influence everywhere, from the Buddha statues to the ornate table arrangements. Diners can hop across the Asian continent with dishes from Malaysia, Indonesia as well, of course, as Thailand. Try pak chup, that’s tempura battered vegetables, and follow it with some kaeng kae massaman (lamb and potato) curry for a spicy Thai kick. Vegetarians and those with a preference for milder dishes are well served here too. The bar is open daily from 11am-11pm, and the restaurant also offers a takeaway option, although savvy diners are advised that the way to get the best from Noriton and Dragon’s kitchen is to join them on in Kingston on Clifton Road.
Very good service from start to finish. Well looked after by Jorge. Ambience perfect, choice of dishes unbeatable and food excellent. Will definitely return. Also choice of drinks at the bar was great.
Norbiton and Dragon is local to us and we visit regularly. We have never been disappointed in the food or the atmosphere. Staff are always friendly.
As a regular customer, I love coming to this place for a meal. Food is always awesome and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Definitely Worth a visit.
If you enjoy Thai food you must try this location, slightly off the beaten but worth the find. Food at a reasonable price and can be accompanied with a great pint of beer !!
Delicious food and ambience make this best choice in Kingston. I miss the authentic decor of some years back, when walking from the Pub section into the Restaurant area, you were suddenly in downtown Bangkok. Waiting staff were excellent but service was slow - not a problem for us, as we nattered a long time with friends not seen for a while. Perhaps the profit margin doesn't support having more staff - for me, I'd rather pay more and get that sorted. And of please, please bring back the decor.
Perfect. We were made to feel really welcome when we arrived and drinks were ordered in no time. The choice of food is sufficient and when it arrived it was lovely. We were at the restaurant during a promotion and as a result was busy and vibrant. The poor waiters really were earning their money - but were attentive and pleasant throughout.
Visit this pub every week or so for the amazing Thai dishes. Thought was if this was good then surely the Sunday roast would be equally good? Absolutely!! Great meal, impressed with presentation. My partner had beef and would have liked an extra slice for perfection. The veggie option was great! Well done, found out Sunday roast venue!
Without doubt the most amazing Thai food, service was very good, efficient and friendly. Highly recommended in all aspects. Situated in the rear of a real 'pub' the restaurant was very comfortable, clean and had a nice feel.
Friends were visiting and we decide to do a takeaway and then decided on eating out. This place never disappoints. Great atmosphere and good to see there were so many people eating out at this lovely venue.
I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and was astonished at the service that we received. It was a bad service all round. We waited for nearly an hour and a half to get our mains but only half of them arrived, one of which was cold. I also didn't like the fact I was told they were going to reheat my dish in a microwave as it looked like it had already been reheated. The waiting staff blamed the kitchen however it took them ages to clear away the dishes for the starters off our table and for those that had their mains there was no plates so we couldn't start eating. We had also ordered a beer that never arrived. So I think it was unfair to blame it all on the kitchen staff as the waiting staff did appear to be running around like headless chickens. There was no sign of management anywhere to keep the service flowing. I don't think it's right to just have two waiting staff, who are probably just working part time while studying, be by themselves with no guidance. I believe this is where the issue lies. If there was a person taking charge and keeping everything flowing I don't think I would have had the experience that I did.