Restaurant review: Mae Ping Thai restaurant


By - Friday 15th August, 2014

Joy Akwue-Butler steps out of her comfort zone to try Thai cuisine


16-18 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DN
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

Thai green curry. Photo author’s own.

On Thursday 31st July I had arranged to meet up with my friends Pete and Fiona. We decided to come out of our comfort zones and try something different – which is why we booked a table at Mae Ping.

The restaurant from the outside looks a bit dated, but the inside is a mix of traditional and modern. It was an extremely hot day, so as soon as we arrived we asked if they could open the doors and for some water. We were the first ones there, but it didn’t take long before other diners started to appear.

Paul, our waiter, took down our order, but during the evening we were also served by Dee. To begin with, Pete ordered grilled chicken satay 
marinated on skewers and served with peanut sauce and cucumber relish (£5.75), Fiona didn’t fancy anything too heavy so ordered the Thai prawn crackers with sweet chilli dip (£3.00) and I ordered the grilled beef salad on fresh mixed leaves and greens tossed in a light chilli-lime vinaigrette (£6.50).

We didn’t have to wait too long before our starters arrived. Pete enjoyed his chicken satay but said that the chicken was OK – nothing special. Fiona had initially planned to eat just a handful of the prawn crackers, but she enjoyed them so much, she practically finished them off! Fiona said they had a nice spicy kick and the dip complemented them well. But we all agreed my grilled beef was the best out of the three (as I had given Fiona and Pete some of mine to taste)! The beef was tender and had been cooked with a tasty marinade, the salad was fresh and the whole thing tasted delicious.

Grilled beef salad on fresh mixed leaves. Photo author’s own.

As it was so warm our first jug of water soon emptied, but Paul didn’t even need to be asked as he turned up with another one. Apart from the water, Pete and Fiona shared a bottle of house red wine (£14.95) & I had a glass of house white wine (£3.75).

For our main course, Pete ordered the scallops and prawns with asparagus wok-fried with fresh crushed garlic and soy sauce, Fiona and I both ordered the Thai green curry with chicken (£8.50) and we also ordered two bowls of steamed jasmine rice to share (£2.25 each). Our main course arrived and Fiona commented that the presentation was lovely. However she was disappointed with the chicken pieces as she felt they lacked flavour.

Our sauce was served in the authentic way and was very runny. We ate it with the rice, but as there was so much of it, Fiona and I ate the rest as if it had been a bowl of soup. It was hot and spicy and certainly packed a punch, but it was tasty too! Pete really enjoyed his dish and commented that it was ‘gorgeous and tasty and had hit the spot!’

I visited the Ladies which was clean, but as there was no toilet paper I had to use the disabled toilet.

I would recommend Mae Ping, as the service was good and their staff were friendly. The food was well-presented and on the whole was very enjoyable.

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler works as the Operations Manager for IKM TeckChek Europe whose UK office is based in Croydon. She has lived and worked in the area for over 20 years. She currently lives in Caterham with her partner and has one daughter – Jasmine. Joy loves eating good food and enjoys socialising!

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