Harden's survey result
“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”.
“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.
“A rare London venture that feels genuinely different” – Ben Chapman’s “vibey”, “little” Soho haunt is “the best casual opening of the year” and its “inspired”, “palate-searing” small plates (“taking a bite is like travelling abroad”) are “made totally unique by dint of their incredible sourcing, ballsy spicing and cooking everything over charcoal”. “No reservations + very popular = annoyingly large wait times though”.
Ben Chapman, founder of one of London’s hottest restaurants of recent times – Smoking Goat – opened a second Thai venture in September 2016. This Soho venue is described as a ‘side-of-the-road-type restaurant’, serving grills and a speciality daily noodle dish.
Kiln Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Cannot book for less than 4 but you cannot sit at the bar until your fellow diner appears. Definitely a fast food process"
"They’re in their stride now and service is up there with the food, although the food itself is not quite as top notch as in the early days. Buzzy room but can get quite hot with open kitchen. Good for 2s but not great for tables of 3 or 4 as you’re sat all in a line."
|Wine per bottle||£26.90|
58 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9TL
|Monday||12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-3 pm, 5 pm-11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-11 pm|