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Now in its third year, this cheerful Thai ‘tapas’ restaurant still pulls in the crowds despite a smattering of new openings on its doorstep. The no-bookings policy may deter some folk, but most are happy to wait it out in a nearby pub until a text arrives to lure them back. In the sparsely decorated room, diners are seated at tightly packed tables, all the better for sharing the street food-inspired small plates. Expect chilli-spiked fish cakes, cubes of lacquered pork belly, or an umami-rich stir-fry of tofu and shiitake mushrooms. The soups and curries will warm the cockles on a blustery day, while salads of green papaya, or starfruit and physalis, are perfect when the mercury rises. There’s a short list of spice-friendly wines, and the cocktails are hard to resist. Our favourite, the Siam Sunray, will transport you straight to Ko Pha Ngan.

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Essential Details for The Begging Bowl

  • Address: 168 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW
  • Telephone: 020 7635 2627
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  • Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) Tues-Sat 6-10pm
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Area: Peckham
  • Price: £35.00
  • Wine: £16.50
  • Champagne: £44.00

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