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On the top floor Kingly Court, in Carnaby, a Filipino restaurant serving re-worked versions of classic dishes. FT critic Tim Hayward gave it a rave review for changing her perception of East Asian food.

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Top floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW

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Matthew C
like nothing I have had before....
Reviewed 2 months, 15 days ago

"like nothing I have had before."

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What the Newspaper Critics are saying

The Times

The ‘review of the week’ award goes to Tim Hayward, who was in coruscating form following his trip to this “small modern Filipino restaurant” in Kingly Court, at the “joyless heart” of the so-called ‘Carnaby Quarter’ – an area he likened to “a ride in a Soviet theme park, designed to convey the vacuity and decadence of western youth. It can only apparently be appreciated in mobs of 40, clad in identical puffa jackets, sharing
two vapes and a litre vat of bubble tea.”

Tim also emptied both barrels on the “challenging” acoustics inside Donia, where he found “a cruel and unusual battering” of random foodie conversations” that was like “living inside Gregg Wallace’s head”.

When he switched his attention to what he actually ate, though, Tim was all
enthusiasm for cooking that was “fantastic, new to me and a delightful revelation”.

Top of his list was adobo, a national dish of the Philippines – usually a stew of meat, poultry, fish or vegetables braised in vinegar and soy – here is served in the form of crisp fried mushroom croquetas. “They were extraordinary, prompting me to reassess my life goals radically in favour of spending more time eating adobo.”

Another Filipino classic, lechón or suckling pig, “provoked moans of joy at the table, but it was as nothing beside The Astonishing Sauce…. If you can imagine all the things you love about chicken liver parfait that elevate it beyond school-dinner liver. That. Poured over pig.”

Not to be outdone, the fresh grilled half lobster provoked another extravagant metaphor: “Imagine two alien xenomorphs wrestling naked in a drench of delicately fragranced coconut curry sauce. Lots of ferociously dangerous bits but strangely erotic.”

Tim Hayward - 2024-03-31
Top floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW
Opening hours
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday5 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm

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