The Green Papaya

I love Thai food – and have visited the other three Thai restaurants in Central Haarlem regularly over the past few years. For some reason, Green Papaya never made it onto this list.   This will now be rectified.
So Thursday evening we visited the Green Papaya without a reservation. The restaurant, well-lit and decorated with Thai holiday memorabilia, was less than half full when we arrived at 8pm. It filled with regulars a little later in the evening.
Staff were friendly, polite and appropriately attentive.

Grilled spareribs (6) served with sweet chilli sauce and cucumber. Simple and tasty without being oily. Could have used more salad decorations.

Stuffed tofu in a green curry sauce with bamboo and basil – Delicious, rich flavour, although adding more coriander would have given the dish added colour.
Prawn and squid stirfry with chilli, onion, stringbeans – fresh, great combination of flavours and heat.

Overall: Reminiscent of eating in a local restaurant in Phuket. For two people including two Singha beers and a bottle of white wine, one entrée and two main meals with steamed rice, bill came to €56. Fine thai home-cooking in a relaxed setting.