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Gold Award

“I could eat here every day,” declares one devotee of this hot-ticket purveyor of smokin’ Thai BBQ and peasant-style baked claypots filled with spicy regional curries. It’s the second restaurant from Ben Chapman of Smoking Goat fame and – like its sibling – the set-up is casual, with no bookings and obligatory queues.

Turning up really early may solve the problem; otherwise, be prepared to wait for a seat at the long, metal counter that runs alongside the open kitchen, while friendly clued-up staff deliver “slick service” to a soundtrack of classic vinyl from the likes of James Brown.

The short menu of “delicious and innovative” sharing dishes delivers “a taste extravaganza” based on impeccably sourced ingredients from named suppliers. We couldn’t fault a thing on our last visit – especially the soft and smoky turmeric sausages and the cumin-spiked lamb skewers, grilled to perfection and with a bitter spicy edge cutting through the finger-licking fattiness.

Larger pots also delivered a full-on hit, from a sharp and sour turbot curry to an aromatic Burmese beef neck curry, with wild ginger and pickled garlic providing plenty of fresh crunch. And don’t miss the clay-pot glass noodles with pork belly and brown crab meat: a comforting, dense and sticky delight.

The drinks list keeps the bar high, with an eclectic wine selection (note the orange wines and sparkling Riesling), plus craft beers and cider, sophisticated softs and Thai-inspired cocktails such as the dangerously drinkable Young Ginger Margarita. “Kiln deserves every plaudit it receives”, concludes an impressed reader.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Thai
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining
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Location for Kiln

58 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9TL

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Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5-10.30pm Sun 1pm-8pm

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Mr. Mark D

Edge and integrity in equal measure
08 November 2017  
Really fun counter dining where you're guaranteed tasty food and an interesting glass of wine
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Piglet

Spicy weekend lunch
27 March 2017  
We arrived at around 12.30 on Saturday, I was half expecting not be able to get in as I’d heard such good things about the food, it turns out we were just ahead of the rush as by 1pm, there was a queue out of the door. There were a couple of large tables already seated downstairs, and as we had stools in front of the open kitchen, we got to see most dishes get cooked and plated up in front of us, which we thought would help us choose, but in reality made it more difficult as we wanted everything. The menu is not huge (3 skewers, 5 or 6 mains and 3 sides) and I suspect that some of the dishes change regularly depending on what is in season, available etc. We had the chicken skewers and lamb skewers (the only disappointing dish, as in between each piece of lamb was a piece of chewy fat, so in reality only 4 small cubes of meat, which were not anything special), the chicken was beautifully done though. I had been told that the clay-pot noodles with crab meat and Tamworth pork belly were a “must” and they did not disappoint, we scraped the bottom of the bowl clean, along with a superb melt in the mouth short rib curry and a “dry” mackerel curry, which had a wonderfully hot and spicy lemongrass and chilli sauce on top. All the plates are small and for sharing and we were told that 3-4 per person would be the norm, but the 5 dishes we had (with a nice flinty Reisling) was just right for us. The Tamworth pork jungle curry sold out while we were there, it did look amazing, one to try next time. Having sat at quite a few open kitchens, this was the quietest I have ever seen, the two chefs didn’t speak a word to each other the whole time we were there, but the head chef checked and tasted every plate before it left the pass and gave them feedback throughout, which was interesting, I think I am used to the theatre and enthusiasm at places like Barrafina and StreetXO, but it certainly didn’t affect the quality of the food and they were working flat-out. Excellent value at £75 inc. service.
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Timothy P

Small lively underground spot.
30 December 2016  
A group of 4 of us ate downstairs pre-theatre. it only has 5 bench-seating wooden tables with room for about 25. We sat from 5.30- 7pm and there were more empty seats than occupied by the time we left; but the counter upstairs was full then. A limited menu - 2 starters of lamb on skewers and sliced soy-cooked chicken; then 2 fish and 4-5 meat dishes, most with mangalitsa pork. Then stir-fried greens and brown rice. All was spicy (the chillies were very!), hot, freshly prepared and looked good. The glass noodles in a pot with pork and crab were a highlight (but a bit thin on crab). Glasses of craft beer (2 choices) and several unusual red and whites, along with bottles of still and sparkling water provided gratis. Interesting music too; loud enough and no thudding disco-stuff. Around a dozen plates, 4 glasses of wine and 2 beers came out a just over £100 pre-service; very good value, plus efficient friendly service (thank you Adam!). Only minor complaint - Apparently no hot water in the facilities!
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