Smile's Thai Cafe, Foxberry Road

Jolly, informal cafe with stripped-down aesthetic. The food is generally tasty, with a wide-range of vegetarian options. Some slightly disappointing starters, but the sweetcorn cakes are recommended.

On very cold nights, there's nothing to protect you from the cold winds whistling in when someone opens the door, which spoils the otherwise-cosy feel.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

The first and the best Thai in Brockley!

OK, it might be small and slightly cramped, but it is clean, atmospheric and the food is heavenly.

If you prefer your meal out to be slightly more of an occasion, try the take away. Otherwise, take some friends and a bottle or two (there was no license when last I went) but remember to book.

Anonymous said...

Smiles has a lovely atmosphere with great service but I found the prices too high for a local thai cafe in Brockley - certinally too high to be a regular haunt. Mains were very good but disappointing starters - spring rolls tasted like the oil in the fryer had not been changed in many years.

Anonymous said...

Update on my comment above...had a take-away from Smiles a couple of weeks ago and it was really brilliant and fresh-tasting. Brilliant chicken satay and the noodles are great too.

Susie said...

Smiles is an absolute gem - okay service was better when the owner's charming daughters worked there, but the food is usually super: the quality of the fresh ingredients, notably the veg -always impresses. As for price; no it's not bargain basement cheap - but it's BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE - so still cheaper than any other Thai around for a meal out!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I were going to eat at the Aquarium, but found it was shut (my fault for not checking, as it was mid-week) so ended up in Smiles.
We both had lovely food and enjoyed the unconventional service: there's nothing like having your food dumped in front of you! Still, it made the evening all the more enjoyable, we'll definitely go back. We now know to bring our own booze!

Tasty, well-priced food amongst friendly clientele.

Headhunter said...

Shut? I think you mean shut down. Aquarium hasn't been around for a few months now!

Mezzer said...

Smile is an absolute gem. Wonderful food.

DavidJ said...

Smile was originally recommended to me and I've since recommended it to plenty of friends. Ignore the unlikely location and non-designer decor and focus on the food, which is excellent.

I particularly like their tom kha gai (coconut chicken soup with galangal) and their red curry with duck. Pad tha is good too.

Prices: good value, particularly with no license (bring your own wine) and no corkage. Dinner for two hungry people (starter, soup, main) usually comes in at under £25.00.

Brockley Nick said...

I had a takeaway from there last night (the restaurant was packed out, which is good to see). The standard is consistently good.

Three people, including shared starters, came in at £22.

patrick1971 said...

Are you feeding your little one Thai food already, Nick?

Anonymous said...

Went with OH last night - dissapointed to be honest. Have eaten there countless times in the past but thought the food was not up to it's usual standard. In fact wondered if it had changed hands / chef as the food was so different?

Starters lacking flavour and mains low on meat content with chewy texture :-(

Anonymous said...

Oh no!

Please say it ain't so!

Anonymous said...

Just eaten at Smiles - up to its usual high standard - even cooked us an off-menu thai dish we requested.

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I Broccoli Brockley said...

Took the Mrs here last night for her birthday. We go here quite alot. Love the food. Love the wood pannelling. Love the fake fruit trees inside. Love the goldfish. Love the fact you can go in for a meal and still watch the X-Factor on the telly. Love the random selection of glasses, some of which I recognise as coming free with McDonalds meals. But most of all, I love the fact that on the wall with the photos of the regulars dinning they have snuck in a photo of Princess Diana. Now I'm not sure whether Lady Di did ever pop into SE4 for a bit of thom yum soup, but I like to think she did.

My only criticism would be the permanent presence of the skip outside. What is it with Brockley restaurants and skips (Meze Mangal also springs to mind)?

Anonymous said...

Went along this evening for dinner but it was closed...it was also closed when we tried 2 weeks ago. Has it closed down?!

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