The Paddyfield

4 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9RG - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8772 1145

Overall 8.5
Food 9.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 6.0
Value 10.0
Based on 1 reviews

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I cannot believe anyone would say anything bad about the food and service in this restaurant. It's by far my favourite restaurant ever, I used to leave in South London and enjoy their food and hospitality every week. Now I really miss it. Nothing can beat their Beef pho. Just love it. Service is friendly and honest. I felt very upset reading some of the above reviews, they work hard and deliver superb food. Deserve a lot of respect. The owner is always there caring for his regulars and giving you extras. Will definitely come back soon.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10
Monday, April 13, 2015

We visited The Paddy Field as I had driven past this restaurant many times and we love Thai food.

The service was appalling - it took two hours to complete a simple meal order and when I asked several times 'any chance our food will come anytime soon' I was told we are very busy with take-aways tonight ! I always thought restaurants prioritise their sit in customers but this was clearly not the case at The Paddy Field.

The food was poor to average - fish cake starter portion was tiny and the fish cakes were greasy. The main was poor and full of oil.

The person running the restaurant offered us some desserts to say sorry - and when we had then waited another 30 minutes and nothing arrived we asked for the bill and we asked to take the 15% service charge of the bill as we had, had no real service. The manager (I assume he was the manager) was unhelpful and said 'we had said enough' when we said the meal was terrible and the service was poor too !

A real shame - since we are local. We will carry on going to The Pepper Tree in Clapham where the service is efficient, the food is excellent and it's half the price for good food !!
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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Popped in for a take out tonight.....was recommended the chicken and peanut curry and was DEE-LICIOUS! Super-friendly staff. Gave me some rice to go with the curry at no extra cost. Food arrived within minutes. £6 all in and they flat out refused a tip! Wish more restaurants would be this friendly....will definitely be going back!
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Will / The Shark
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Thursday, January 31, 2013

I've been going there since 2001. Leave everything to the owner Shaun, put your trust in Shaun and you're guaranteed the most fabulous meal. I've enjoyed every night I've been to the Paddyfield and am looking forward to some more. Also, best value meal in town and great you can bring your own booze. Big thumbs up. Brian (and Carla).
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Brian Moore (and Carla)
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Monday, January 07, 2013

I can't believe that anyone would go here more than once. This place is the restaurant equivalent of a car wash; you go in, get whizzed around and spat out again. The food was rubbish. Typical comment 'beef pho tasted like soap' and 'the pad thai was really eggy'.

Really never again.
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Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Have to say, our meal was very bad. The crab cakes were like rubbery hockey pucks and the mains were amongst the worst we've ever seen. The baby corn was limp and it would take a braver man to eat the squid and mussel that came with the pad thai. We went wanting some simple and tasty thai food but afraid we left disappointed and wishing we'd gone elsewhere.
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Emma J - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1
Friday, August 24, 2012

FOUR ENTHUSIASTIC THUMBS UP. (We only have four between us). The first time I have felt moved to leave a review.

I am a pretty relaxed restaurant goer; a mixture of inexperience and open mindedness often leaves me in a state of panic when I got to a restaurant for the first time. But I felt immediately comfortable in the Paddyfield.

The unpretentious decor, cramped tables, laminated red menus and Christmas themed playlist (even though it's April) make one feel immediately relaxed. Wham's Last Christmas immediately sent my girlfriend and I into a dizzy Christmassy boozy banter daze - we felt happy and festive and up for the evening.

Without the need to even contemplate the fusion of Thai and Vietnamese dishes that make up the menu - our kind and keen waiter (presumably hanging ten on the peak wave he had created with his Christmas playlist) asked us if we like surprises... doesn't everyone? we gave him a hell yes and an amen brother. He tore up the menu rule book right before our eyes. He crossed our orders off his little order book and sprang into the kitchen shouting 'SURPRISE THEM'.

We clung tightly to each other as he flung various dishes our way (all the things we actually ordered ended up with Bob and Babs who were cramped up next to us) a chicken thing, a beef thing, a curry thing, noodles, green chili's, red chili's, chili's in a sauce, it was like a culinary fireworks display.

I was shocked at the level of the 'surprise' - I thought a surprise might be a prawn cracker, or indeed with the playlist, an out of season Christmas cracker. But the Thai/Vietnamese taster menu that ensued was inconceivable and wondrously enjoyable. The authenticity of said food, by the way, would only be in doubt if you're an unwashed backpacker straight off the plane from Bangkok.

I highly reccomend a jolly at the Paddyfield - give it a go! Compared to some other higher charging establishments not too far away on Bedford Hill this place is a bargain.

Not reccomended for the following;

a) People who don't like human contact with other people (you will be cramped and have to have close proximity contact with others)

b) People who will only eat what they order and will not go along with 'surprises'.

c) People with no sense of humour - it is essential, anyone who takes themselves seriously will not fit in with the randomness of the staffs ordering procedures.

d) People who don't like listening to Christmas music when it is not Christmas.
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bgg69 - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Sunday, April 29, 2012

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