Kiln to transform into Larb Bar with help from som saa and P Franco

Soho’s “inspired” and “palate-searing” Thai BBQ spot Kiln has teamed up with Clapton’s trendy wine and food shop P.Franco and London’s other kings of Thai spicing som saa for a one-off collaboration that will transform the Brewer Street restaurant into a standing-room-only Larb Bar.

The walk-ins only event takes place on 26 March from 6 pm. Tickets are £45 pp on the door and include as much Larb as you like, three glasses of wine and service.

Kiln will be stripping out the bar stools and postering over the windows to create a bustling, market-style atmosphere inside, for an evening devoted to the regional Thai favourite. Larb, traditionally made with chopped meat or fish, can be an earthy and sour specialty from Eastern Thailand, or a rich and aromatic dish hailing from the northern borderlands.

In the open kitchen, Kiln founder Ben Chapman and head chef Nick Molyviatis will be joined by som saa co-founder Andy Oliver. Guests are required to flag down a chef to order their next dish, from a varied line-up of larbs including: Northern Style Duck & Offal Raw Beef Laab; Fried Laab Cakes; Game; Blood; and Isaan Style Chopped Sand Sole.

Larb’s many forms – and often unashamed spiciness – presents a hefty challenge to Phil Bracey from P.Franco, who will be selecting and pouring from an all-killer bottle list. Additional wines from P. Franco are available to buy on the night.

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