Last night a group of three couples headed down to Waterloo to try Kanchana's Kitchen at the Kings Arms. Our first thought was how cute and quaint this little pub is in the middle of a very residential part of Waterloo and also a stones throw from Waterloo East train station. The pub was packed and according to our local friends is every evening from Tuesday onward. There is no outside seating but you can stand outside on the pavement or perch at the bar inside.
After a couple of glasses of beer and wine it was off for some Thai food at Kanchana's Kitchen, which has it's own little room at the back of the pub. They do accept reservations but it's more of a drink whilst you wait establishment. There is plenty of space but equally it was completely packed so get there early and put your name on the list. The dining room itself is really homely and the smells from the kitchen will make your mouth water.
The service is quick and friendly and the food is amazing! We went for four of the mixed platters between six of us, which was more than enough food. The satay were gorgeous and I liked the tempura vegetable. The only issue was this starter was typical Thai deep fried food and maybe we preferred the fish cakes and satay, which were slightly healthier. Also order some prawn crackers with sweet chili sauce as these are great for munching whilst waiting for the main event.
We kind of went for a sharing attitude and ordered a Thai Red Duck Curry with pineapple, which was my favorite. A couple of Thai Green Prawn curry's, a couple of Pad Thai's and the grilled sirloin steak. All of the curries came with steamed jasmine rice as well. The food was honestly great, it was hearty and authentic and we all left full and satisfied. We were also allowed to continue drinking at the table long after we had finished our food.
The Thai is table service but you will still need to head to the bar for drinks but this creates a really relaxed and informal atmosphere, which was great for a casual Thursday night meet up with friends. The best part was the total bill for all of the food INCLUDING service charge was £15 per head! It was a massive bargain for such a central location! Even with some drinks on top it made for a pretty reasonable evening out and we would thoroughly recommend a little visit if you are in the area.