Those of you with a penchant for Irish coffees, as I do, could do a lot worse than pay a visit to Mae Ping a Thai restaurant in Croydon.
The preparation of the coffee is a most enjoyable performance to watch, as the waiter brings a trolley to your table and then begins the show.
-The rim of the glass is dipped in liqueur and then in sugar
-A small stove on the trolley is lit, and the sugar caramelised in the flame
-Whisky is flamed in a ladle and poured, with a flourish, into the glass
-A coffee liqueur is then flamed and poured
-After which the coffee itself is poured
-Finally the cream added
I would hasten to add that the Irish coffee looks, and tastes as good, as the performance leading up to it.
Therefore Mae Ping is worth visiting for the Irish coffees alone. The food, atmosphere and service are also good!
16-18 South End
0208 760 0278