Friday 4 July 2008

Pu's Brasserie, Gate Street, Holborn, central London

Hidden away behind bustling High Holborn, Pu's Brasserie has a handful of outdoor tables on a dour paved suntrap overlooking a bike stand. The interior is a bit cramped, but the big windows compensate. On the lengthy menu, there is everything from green curries to taramind duck to pad Thai chicken noodles, plus a handful of set meals. Among the chef's specials, the lamb curry (£10.95) comes with plenty of chunks of slightly tough meat in a flavoursome coconut sauce enlivened by some zingy Thai herbs. But the boiled rice (£2) can be stodgy. Drinks are also fairly-priced - a large glass of orange juice is a couple of quid. Solid, but not spetacular. 6/10