Lombok

Tel: +44 (0)20 7733 7131
Address: 17 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JU
Cuisine Type: Thai/Asian
nearest tube station Brixton (VICTORIA). Network Rail: HERNE HILL, BRIXTON

The Lombok is small but has built up a very good reputation for itself. The menu offers a good selection of standard Thai dishes such as red & green curries, but also more unusual dishes such as Bangkok curry containing banana blossoms and chilli fried vegetables with fresh green pepper corns. Due to its size, the restaurant doesn’t offer much privacy for a romantic meal, but the cream and green interior creates a light and airy feel and the glass front allows you to watch the world go by.

We bagged a more secluded table and enjoyed friendly and attentive service throughout the evening. After the complimentary prawn crackers we started our meal with salt and pepper squid, which was worlds apart from the rubber bands commonly associated with squid. It had a gentle smoky flavour and enough chilli to make your tongue tingle. We also tucked in to sugar cane prawns. They looked rather like beautifully presented chicken drumsticks (garnished with orchids) but were actually very tasty. The succulent prawn meat was laced with coriander and the sugar cane sticks were edible too – though the dipping sauce was slightly too sweet. (Starters: £3.95 – £4.95)

Moving on to the main course (£5.25 – £9.95), we chose king prawns with garlic and lemon grass. The prawns were large and juicy and the other flavours were easily distinguishable – a well-balanced and fresh flavoured dish.

However, the pièce de résistance was the spicy coconut and seafood curry. As well as all the standard seafood ingredients we were delighted to find it contained crab claws (and all the appropriate equipment to eat them with). The dish skilfully combined coconut milk, lemon grass and kaffir lime for a rich but subtle result. We accompanied the main course with jasmine rice and washed it all down with a light and refreshing Chenin Blanc. (Wine: £10.50 – £19.95)

Although we had a seafood-based meal they do offer a good selection of meat and vegetarian options too. They also have an appetising range of authentic desserts such as baked bananas and exotic fruit sorbets (an area in which a lot of restaurants let themselves down, opting for apple pie etc. instead) – but we were too full to try them.

We had a very enjoyable evening at the Lombok and left the restaurant thoroughly satisfied. As the meal only came to £43 for two, our wallets didn’t suffer too much either.

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