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No one can accuse this “hip” Thai canteen of resting on its laurels: in 2016, the owners repurposed the terrace as an airy all-weather space, did away with the colour-coded prices on its menu, and developed a cute children’s offering. Other than that, it’s business as usual at The Begging Bowl. A constantly changing line-up of “amazing Thai tapas” still features exhilarating flavour combos shot through with full-throttle herbs and spices: try the “piquant” little fishcakes, “sticky, umami-rich” pork belly, caramelised tiger prawns in lime leaves (“so good we ordered them twice”) or the show-stopping whole sea bass, lavishly sprinkled with slivers of green mango, deep-fried chilli, Thai shallots and toasted rice. To drink, delicious eastern-inspired cocktails complement the spice-friendly wine list. And each night, dozens of would-be diners still vie for tables in the colourful, driftwood-decorated dining room – thankfully the friendly staff are experts at waiting-list diplomacy.

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The Begging Bowl

168 Bellenden Road ,London SE15 4BW

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Thai to die for

by   platinum reviewer (51)

Oct 2015

Editor's pick Okay not literally to die for, but The Begging Bowl is that rare, elusive find of that x factor, cosy, neighbourhood favourite restaurant, which is a little bit hip and will have you begging for more and more and more. Thai restaurants are generally good or excellent around London, usually classic or contemporary but not hip unlike The Begging Bowl which is. You can find this place in Peckham's gourmet street, Bellenden road, which is luckily, a 20 minute drive for me, so nearly local. Unfortunately...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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The Begging Bowl

168 Bellenden Road ,London SE15 4BW

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Makes me want to book my Thailand holiday now!!!!

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Mar 2013

Wasn't too sure about the concept initially, a sort of Thai tapas restaurant, but it didn't take long for me to be convinced. From the welcome, as warm as a Bangkok breeze, to the sumptuous rice dessert, I could honestly believe I was in the Far East, though the rain outside was far East of London. Among the gems are the Chilli Fishcakes and the Aromatic Duck curry from a price coded menu that ensures you are satisfied throughout. Our next soiree has it's venue! Thaitastic!

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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168 Bellenden Road ,London SE15 4BW

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by   platinum reviewer (70)

Feb 2013

We arrived ravenous, which was daft really. You can always bank on a wait at the Begging Bowl so – if you’re smart – skip a post-work bev and head straight here. With our names/numbers duly noted, we were shepherded to the nearby Montpelier armed with a nifty 10% discount. We made the cut for the second sitting – the staff are pretty reliable in terms of waiting times, and honest when it comes to the hour of lost hope (around 9pm, when haunted souls resort to a kebab across the road). We jammed...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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168 Bellenden Road ,London SE15 4BW

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Oct 2012

Being a resident South Londoner I was very excited by the opening of the Begging Bowl. Within it's 10 week existence I've eaten there 4 times and every time it's an amazing eating experience, every dish is so well thought out and the spice and flavours just perfect! You can't go wrong with The Begging Bowl!

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Quiet eating :: Quieteating The Begging Bowl

    The Begging Bowl is a trendy Thai eatery in the posher (i.e. more unaffordable)/more gentrified part of Peckham, which originally opened to quite a few rave reviews in 2012. Being slightly less trendy ourselves (and not really being Peckham natives), it has taken this long to get over there to check it out. We arrived early on a Saturday evening to get a seat (they have a no reservations policy, apart from big groups) and it was pretty busy at that time already – so definitely, a popular place years after opening. Whether the travelling hardship was worth it remained to be seen.

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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 Times: 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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