(Pink Guy) – Lek’s Thai – Chelmsford
Another day of tiresome appointments in Chelmsford, this time sorting out the affairs of a deceased friend. I found myself with half an hour free prior to an appointment at the registry office (to collect my friend’s death certificate), and a hankering for lunch, so I figured I’d give Lek’s a visit.
My wife and I visited Thailand many times, and I’ve always been impressed by the emphasis Thai cafés and restaurants place on the food, rather than the décor.
Some of the best Thai food I’ve ever eaten was in central Bangkok, in a restaurant with white plastic patio furniture.
Lek’s is situated in the corner of Chelmsford’s market, itself underneath a grim multi-story car park that is perhaps getting a bit long in the tooth. There are a few tables outside on the plaza that forms part of Cornhill, but on a bright but chilly November day, with a wicked wind blowing, I chose to sit at one of the stools inside.
The whole venture is crammed into the tiniest of units, but was busily serving customer after customer.
I ordered a couple of vegetable spring rolls (£1.50) and chicken Pad Thai (£5.50).
The spring rolls were packed, crisp and tasty, I snaffled them before I remembered to photograph them.
The Pad Thai followed a few minutes later, a sizeable portion, piping hot and tasty, plenty of chicken, with the traditional garnishes of crushed peanuts and dried chilli flakes.
My preconceptions were justified, the food was delicious, even if the surroundings were less than luxurious; great, affordable, authentic Thai food.