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“Miles more interesting than most Thais” – with food “so hot it makes your eyes water… but in a very good way” – Sebby Holmes’s now-permanent Highbury venture (on the old site of San Daniele, RIP) is earning prominence amongst London’s new-wave Thais. “Favourable comparisons are made with Som Saa, Kiln and Smoking Goat”, approving “zero compromise in the spicing on a short, season-dependent menu”.
“Incredibly zingy Thai flavours” – “brilliant spicing and several ingredients that were new to me” – are establishing Seb Holmes’s “reasonably priced” pop-up-gone-permanent (in the former premises of San Daniele, RIP) as a “foodie gem in Highbury”. A few critics query “what’s the fuss? The food’s OK but the place is very cramped and nothing to get excited about overall”. Much more numerous, though, are those who feel that “if it was located in central London it would have queues out the door every day”.
“Terrific food” – “zesty” and “unusual” dishes “from a relatively short menu” – have won instant acclaim for Seb Holmes’s “very buzzy” Thai pop-up, near Arsenal. In what is a slightly “weird set up”, “they’ve kept the Italian decor from the previous restaurant” (the much loved San Daniele RIP) but it only “adds to the charm”.
Head chef of Soho’s tiny Thai Smoking Goat, Seb Holmes, is to open a new Vietnamese restaurant just south of Borough Market in autumn 2016, after testing out his menus at supper clubs in Highbury’s San Daniele.
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
72 Highbury Park, London, N5 2XE
|Tuesday||5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|