Monday 16 March 2009

Lombok, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, south London

Compact, good-value south-east Asian restaurant serving flavourful, spicy curries and other Thai dishes. The wide selection of main courses (about £8) includes a mouth-watering and eye-watering red roast duck curry and some fine king prawns with ginger and lemon grass. The pick of the side dishes is the tasty and filling pud Thai noodles (£6), with its peanuty sauce, but the health or budget conscious might prefer the steamed rice (£2). Bottles of Singa or Tiger beer are the ideal way to cool down tingling taste buds and the efficient and friendly Asian waitresses will keep you stocked with tap water. On weekend evenings most of Lombok's tables are full and you may find yourself a little too close to your fellow diners for comfort. 7/10