Yum-D is a colourful little Thai deli and cafe in Market Row, round the corner from Brixton Village. It’s brimming with decorations and objets d’art, and it’s got a really friendly and authentic atmosphere.
We went for lunch last week, on one of those steaming hot days that don’t seem like they could be real in London. So I was in a FABULOUS mood, if a little clammy, and some super-fresh Thai food seemed spot on.
After much deliberation we ordered 3 starters (you know I love my starters) and 2 main dishes. First to come were the prawn spring rolls. Yes… a rather safe option, but I was happy to find that they didn’t contain some unidentifiable prawn mush, but rather whole prawns!
Obviously spring rolls can be really disappointing if they’re from a frozen packet. But I THINK these may have been made fresh… The prawns had that juicy meatiness absent in the frozen variety, and the pastry had no hint of sog! The crushed peanuts in the sweet chilli dip were a nice idea, but not not crushed small enough to enable successful dipping.
I know, chicken satay is also a rather unadventurous order. But I just love peanut sauce! Is that a crime!? The flavours were all great here, although the chicken may have been a teeny TINY bit dry… But who cares when you can smother it in Yum-D’s excellent peanut sauce! I’ll forgive them.
This was a Thai mussel soup, which contained some of the biggest mussels I’ve ever laid eyes on. Truly terrifying specimens. Of course once I got over their ugliness and ate them, they were incredible. The soup was exploding with those typical Thai flavours - it was fishy, there was coriander and lemongrass, it was hot, but not too hot. I don’t know if broccoli and carrots are the usual veggie ingredients, but they worked fine. And again, it tasted so fresh! I could slurp this stuff all day everyday.
This is the dish that surprised me most, one simply described as Thai BBQ Prawns. I actually ordered it mistakenly thinking it was another starter, but this lot came out, and those blackened prawns and vegetables were amazing! There really is nothing like a big fat juicy fresh prawn is there? I’m so ashamed of all the frozen prawn bullets I’ve eaten over the years.
Everything was seasoned beautifully, smokey and charred, with a little hum of fragrant heat but not too far. And just look at the little fish sauce dish. JUST LOOK AT IT. My heart melts. The sauce it contained was good too.
This was the only let down. This minced chicken salad is supposedly an “ancient” Thai recipe, and I got suckered into ordering it by that buzzword. It wasn’t horrible, but it was quite bland, and quite an anti-climax at the end of such a flavour-filled meal.
Everything at Yum-D wasn’t perfect. But it’s the sort of eatery that I’ll forgive a few minor flaws, and definitely revisit. I know I keep saying it seemed fresh, but it really did! Like someone whipping you up a meal in their home, but in this case in the mini open kitchen down one side of the cafe. Definitely one to give KaoSarn and their ever-present queues a run for their money.