Kaosarn Battersea

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Bronze Award

Family-run Kaosarn has been a hit on Brixton Market thanks to its lively canteen vibe, punchy “home-cooked” Thai food and knockdown prices, but it’s gone slightly upmarket for this equally popular outlet in Battersea. The “beautifully lit” premises, a “lovely host” and the odd new dish on the menu (look for the deep-fried whole sea bass with spicy green mango salad and ground peanuts) helps fill the dining-room, but what really creates the buzz is the BYO policy which applies no corkage charge. Otherwise, all the favourites are here – from satays, crispy soft-shell crab and tom yum soup to green curries, stir-fried beef with chilli and basil (topped with a fried egg) or Bangkok-style kuay tiew noodles in soup. It's all terrific value, and despite “borderline terrible [or stretched] service”, one local insists she’ll be “going back regularly forever”. She's not the only one.

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££££ - £30 - £49
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Location for Kaosarn Battersea

110 St John's Hill, London, SW11 1SJ

020 7223 7888

Opening Times

Tues-Sun 12N-3.30pm Mon-Sun 5.30-10pm (Fri-Sat – 10.30pm Sun – 9.30pm)

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4 Reviews 

Alice G

26 July 2019  
BYOB is great, service can feel a bit rushed at time but the great food and prices makes up for it.


20 May 2019  

WORST service I’ve ever had! We were there as a group of 8 and were hassled as soon as we got there by the staff to order starters. Despite not wanting any, both the waitresses and owner repeatedly shouted at the table and said that if we wanted to bring our own alcohol (as we had) we needed to order starters. They insisted they tell you this when you make the booking over the phone, which wasn’t the case as nothing was mentioned when booking whatsoever. After being accused of lying, then told we could leave and then eventually forced to order starters that we didn’t want, they then tried to charge us extra for corkage/service charge (they couldn’t tell us which one, they just put it on with no warning). We’ve never experienced such rude and appalling customer service. The food was also incredibly mediocre and not worth the money. If you don’t fancy being shouted at whilst trying to enjoy a dinner with friends, avoid at all costs.

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Rebecca L

Delicious food, possibly the worst service ever - and I'll be going back regularly forever...
24 February 2015  
I've been to Kaosarn a few times now. The fact is you have to book at least a week in advance for a reason - and it's because the food is so good. I don't see how anyone can argue with that. It's delicious home cooked Thai food. Yes, the service is borderline terrible - it's hurried and the staff can make you feel like you're a burden but frankly I've just learnt to roll with it. I wouldn't go there for a special occasion or if I wanted a nice evening where the meal was the main event but for a cheap (it's BYOB too) get together with friends or a quick meal, it's great. I recommend Powder Keg Diplomacy across the road for post dinner drinks.
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Douggie D

do not go here
19 December 2013  
thoroughly disappointed in every way… the staff were the rudest ive ever experienced, they hurried us every step of the way of our meal, until they eventually told us explicitly to leave before we'd even finished our desert, the food was very poor, basic low end thai takeaway, flavourless… generally a terrible, night ruining experience, dont waste your time here, they dont deserve your money or company
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