Thai food can be difficult for a coeliac because of noodles and batter, but the team at Passorn have made it straightforward to dine gluten free. Which is a good thing as the food here is superb.
This little restaurant gets packed out, so advance booking is essential. It is not hard to see why it is so popular: the service is excellent and the food is really very good.
While the choices for gluten free are not extensive, there are just about sufficient to please everyone, while also offering enough to make a few more visits here likely.
My starter was a little pile of spicy chilli, mint and lemongrass on two butterflied king prawns. It was really spicy and zingy, with a good mix of flavours. My family had little Bangkok cakes, a bundle of spicy chicken in a lettuce leaf and spring rolls, which looked very good and I was told, was delicious as well.
I really wimped out on the main course – Passorn offers a choice of spice level from 1 to 5 and I opted for 1! Though I was glad I did and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful fresh chicken curry with spices and coconut with some fabulous sticky rice called Kaeng Panang. It was really fabulous and full of flavour. I looked longingly at the noodles the others tucked into, but did not feel I was missing out. The portions are not huge, which I think is good, though one teenager could have eaten more.
The thing that is also so amazing about this restaurant is the level of service. There was a team of delightful, friendly and very attentive people, who placed each dish on the table as though it were utterly precious.
The prices are not cheap, but the meal is most definitely worth it. Gorgeous. Three is a new branch just opened in Hanover Street.