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With it’s imposing Victorian façade and popular south-east Asian-style front garden, Thai restaurant Yum Yum has been a much-loved stop on the North London food map for the last 20 years or so.

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Well known among locals, it’s popularity spread further still after it appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s TV show F Word in 2009, finishing second in the final round.

It now boasts fully 350 covers, a well-stocked cocktail bar with some inventive libation and plenty of pleasing touches, such as sunken seats and elegant Siamese decor.

Despite considering myself pretty-well versed in Thai cuisine, due to the size of the menu I thought it prudent to ask for a steer from our friendly hosts.

The first thing to mention about the food is it looks fantastic – not only has a lot of care been taken with dishes themselves, each one comes with hand-carved root vegetable decoration; a flower in most cases, but one of our starters came with a very cute yellow bird, complete with eyes, beak and feet.

Restaurant info:

Yum Yum

187 Stoke Newington High Street

N16 0LH

Tube: Manor House

Tel: 020 7254 6751

E: info@yumyum.co.uk

Mains: from £7.45

Wine: from £13.50 a bottle

Disabled access: Yes

Children welcome: Yes

Secondly, and most importantly, it tastes great.

Our selection of starters included some incredible juicy barbecue king prawns with home-made peanut dip, four tangy and fluffy fishcakes and a tofu and apple salad.

It’s safe to say the latter is something I would never, ever order but it was actually delicious. The sweet apple and coriander complemented each other and the fried tofu had more character than I would have thought.

The main course came in four parts – a spicy and exhilarating lamb mussaman curry (award-winning I have heard), some excellent garlic spinach and yellow beans, prawn pad Thai and special fried rice which, with typical flair, was served in a hollowed-out pineapple.

For pudding we had a decadent, melt- in-the-mouth chocolate fondant and a coconut crepe. The former was definitely the pick of these, but then I am not a huge fan of coconut.

A trip to Yum Yum really is a treat, with courteous staff who show attention, both to the excellent food and the service, in very pleasant surroundings and with prices that won’t offend the pocket.

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