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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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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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