Newsagents, train stations, maternity wards—when we think about it, we’re truly pushed to come up with an environment that wouldn’t be exponentially improved by a pool table. Speedboat Bar, the new Thai restaurant off Shaftesbury Avenue from the folks behind Plaza Khao Gaeng, continues to prove this irrefutable theory. The upstairs of the restaurant-cum-bar—all mahogany browns mixed with colourful walls and TV screens— is open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, complete with pool table and cocktails. While the downstairs restaurant leans more canteen-style—laminated menus, metal tables, and the like.
There’s a fun and casual feel to this restaurant that runs into the menu. Chicken skin with zaep seasoning (essentially like pork scratchings covered in chilli powder and MSG) are incredibly moreish. Other things are a little less bar-and-cue friendly, but even more essential: unapologetically fiery drunkard’s seafood and beef noodles, tom yam noodle soup with hunks of squid, roast pork and prawns bobbing in its broth. Whenever you go—alone, with a couple of friends, or having hopefully stumbled in here after a few—don’t skip that deep-fried 7-11 pineapple pie.
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