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“First-rate Thai Dining in Intimate Atmosphere”

CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant
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Ranked #5,134 of 23,025 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Kensington
Description: CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant occupies the ground floor of Kensington���s Park International Hotel. Its location in chichi southwest London makes this an ideal stop off after a visit to the area���s many museums and attractions, or for guests at the hotel. The d��cor follows a unique black and white chess theme, making this a glamorous place to kick back and relax. The raison d'��tre at CheckMate Bar, Lounge and Restaurant is cocktails ��� well-trained staff are skilled at preparing a wide range of delicious drinks. The menu features both pan Asian and traditional British pub dishes, meaning you can enjoy anything from a fragrant pad Thai to a hearty burger and chips, depending on your mood. The menu changes regularly and there are also daily specials, and a range of bar snacks.
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“First-rate Thai Dining in Intimate Atmosphere”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

I had dinner here with the wife 2 weeks ago and we were very happy with the experience. The bar staff was friendly and the overall atmosphere in the Checkmate bar was relaxed and intimate - just what we wanted! What really stood out, however, was the great Thai food on the menu. My wife and I both enjoyed the scallops and mussels we had to start, but perhaps even more so our mains (Panang Curry for me, Esarn Classic papaya salad). The papaya salad came with grilled chicken and rice ans is a treat for the eye and the mouth :) - not to mention reasonably priced. On the whole, we were very surprised to find Thai food of this quality hidden away at this hotel bar, especially the hotel does not seem to be charging you the ridiculous prices other hotels in the area set for their (often pretentious) menu. A real treat!

  • Visited April 2012
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n ireland
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“tasty food”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

First Thai and very nice. One of party was gluten free and - eventually - they managed to come up with something

Visited May 2012
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Never run out of Jameson's”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

This bar is in the Park International Hotel and it's a nice place to have a nitecap on your way to your room.

Visited April 2012
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Thank cjones1913
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Ruthin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice surrounding, Thia food A+”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Trendy watering hole with good food at a good price

Visited March 2012
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Thank mikeruthin
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Quiet atmosphere!!!”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

Quite atmosphere after long day of sight-seeing with children. Wine selection was good. Service was a little slow.

Visited April 2012
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