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Summary

£47
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The best Thai food in London?”“The most authentic Thai food outside Bangkok?” – after five years, Ben Chapman’s charcoal-fired Soho haunt and its legion of fans show no sign of slackening standards or waning enthusiasm. Better still, it offers “ridiculous value for some of the best food ever”, along with a “buzzy atmosphere”. The inevitable drawback in such a small and central hit venue is “horrendous queues”. Top Tip: “the pot-cooked noodles are as good as everyone says”.

Summary

£35
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stonkingly good SE Asian small-plates”“spiced to perfection and tasty beyond words” – are delivered from the “more-than-interesting menu” of Ben Chapman’s “brilliant value” Thai BBQ (sibling to Shoreditch’s Smoking Goat): “it’s the kind of punchy and earthy food that you’d normally only encounter in Thailand in non-touristy places”. “Thoughtful” staff help manage the “tiny” space – a “fun”, “very, very busy” and “crowded” Soho environment, “blending in a bit of hipster attitude”. It’s “hard to get a seat”, though, and “there can be some very long waiting times”. Top Tip – eating perched at the ground floor counter is a good option: it’s “fascinating watching the chefs doing their stuff”.

Summary

£35
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Stonkingly good SE Asian small-plates”“spiced to perfection and tasty beyond words” – are delivered from the “more-than-interesting menu” of Ben Chapman’s “brilliant value” Thai BBQ (sibling to Shoreditch’s Smoking Goat): “it’s the kind of punchy and earthy food that you’d normally only encounter in Thailand in non-touristy places”. “Thoughtful” staff help manage the “tiny” space – a “fun”, “very, very busy” and “crowded” Soho environment, “blending in a bit of hipster attitude”. It’s “hard to get a seat”, though, and “there can be some very long waiting times”. Top Tip – eating perched at the ground floor counter is a good option: it’s “fascinating watching the chefs doing their stuff”.

Summary

£33
    £
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Sit at the bar and watch with glee as dishes come towards you...” – Ben Chapman’s Soho sensation instantly carved a massive reputation with its “unique menu (great for spice lovers)” that “nails Thai tastes very well”, with an “original but unpretentious” selection of “excellent, hearty, modern” Thai creations (“charcoal grills, plus a speciality daily noodle dish”). Conditions are “crammed-in” and “loud”, but frickin’ funky.

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Kiln Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Kiln Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Kiln restaurant.
Tom W
Another small plates restaurant, this one i...
Reviewed 2 months, 16 days ago

"Another small plates restaurant, this one is following the Thai cuisine. That means most of the dishes are pork based and very hot and spicy…which can be a challenge for non-Asian tastebuds. The menu does only provide a few options, probably to few if you are in a group and want to share. Hardly anything to find for Vegetarians either. We were seated in the cellar, a very unpleasant and uncomfortable room. Overall, not a good experience for us."

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Kenny N
Brilliant food. Great service. Felt a bit c...
Reviewed 4 months, 3 days ago

"Brilliant food. Great service. Felt a bit cramped and squeezed in"

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Chris D
Very buzzy and lively and great to sit at t...
Reviewed 8 months,

"Very buzzy and lively and great to sit at the counter to watch the chefs cooking over the open flames. Downstairs is grim and windowless though! Food is still ahead of the game, super ingredients, brilliantly cooked. "

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PA C
aspects of kilns food are exceptional. the ...
Reviewed 8 months, 8 days ago

"aspects of kilns food are exceptional. the glass noodles, sausage, chicken glazing, laab squid and Cornish greens are beautiful. the kipper curry a little trickier - bony and not quite so subtle. friendly service. great atmosphere boosted by the record selection - great albums. really delighted to have made it back there after so long. and maybe I'm a bit tight to give 4 stars on food when wed have licked the plates and bemoan the fact Manchester has nothing like this."

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PA C
aspects of kilns food are exceptional. the ...
Reviewed 8 months, 8 days ago

"aspects of kilns food are exceptional. the glass noodles, sausage, chicken glazing, laab squid and Cornish greens are beautiful. the kipper curry a little trickier - bony and not quite so subtle. friendly service. great atmosphere boosted by the record selection - great albums. really delighted to have made it back there after so long. and maybe I'm a bit tight to give 4 stars on food when wed have licked the plates and bemoan the fact Manchester has nothing like this."

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Andrew J
Amazing. Greens with soy; bitter leaves, p...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 days ago

"Amazing. Greens with soy; bitter leaves, pear, fermented soy; herring (spicy); mussels and pumpkin; monkfish and liver; noodles with crab."

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Prices

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£2.50 £14.00 £5.80 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 12.50%
58 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9TL
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑9 pm

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