Mama Irene (UPDATED on 1st March 2011)
One of my favourite restaurants in London, Irene is a true pioneer of what today is a well known and much loved cuisine in the UK. She has been cooking Thai food in London’s East End for over 20 years and her restaurant is a real institution in the Shoreditch food scene.
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Dr Tiffany Morris on 1st March 2011: I was excited about Mama Irene’s restaurant as soon as I read the review on The London Foodie, but unsure as to whom to invite along I didn’t have the opportunity to try it immediately. One afternoon I received a message from Neil, a member of the couchsurfing community that was visiting
The atmosphere was so cozy and intimate that I instantly felt a bit awkward for going there with a stranger and had the feeling I was on some kind of blind date. However, my companion was lovely and down to earth and we had plenty to discuss in terms of food and travelling. We laughed about the slightly obscure décor in the café and wondered if any of the other diners had as unusual stories for meeting each other and discovering this restaurant.
As the London Foodie said she would, Mama Irene came to our table and described two dishes that she wanted to cook for us and asked if we would like some spring rolls to start. We were thrilled that she was ordering for us! She brought us a Green Chicken Curry and Steamed Sea Bass with garlic and spring onions. Neil was worried they would be too spicy and I was worried they wouldn’t be spicy enough and somehow we were both happy. The food was fresh and delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal. We noticed that like us the other diners were there the entire night. It’s not the sort of place that gets several covers in one evening. People come and they stay until it’s time to close! I loved it so much I also went there with 5 friends for my last birthday and once again it didn’t disappoint. I am definitely looking forward to my next trip.