Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“The warm peanut sauce is to die for… the silken super aubergine curry so yummy” – this “cramped and very informal” café serves “the best Thai food in Oxford by a mile” offering dishes with “just incredible tastes” and “their cult status hasn’t gone to their heads”. (“What sets Oli’s Thai apart is the authentic home cooking found in Thailand: the massive flavours, the use of herbs and spices, and above all the consistency”). “If you can get a table (a BIG if!), it is well worth the time it takes to wait for one!”
“Brilliant”, “just brilliant”, “wow, wow, wow!”; this “tiny” Thai café may have a “small menu that never changes dramatically”, and “you do have to book two to three months in advance”, but the “sublime” and “astonishing” flavours are “worth all the waiting” – so “if at first you don’t succeed in getting a table, try, try again!”
“This is proper Thai food – the very best you could eat”; it may be “tiny”, but this “basic” café “has achieved cult status” locally owing to its “incredibly flavoursome” food; “you have to be very organised to get a table”, though... “the waiting time is 6-8 weeks”!
“Massive taste sensations” have made a big name for this small but “lovely” café, where “the short menu is beautifully cooked”, and served by “friendly” staff; “booking is essential”.
38 Magdalen Rd, Oxford, OX4 1RB
lunch; tues noon - 3pm, wed-sat noon - 2pm, dinner; wed-sat 5pm - 10pm
Last orders: 9 pm