If you have not heard of Kiln Soho London or been there yet, you better get moving! Kiln Soho won the National Restaurant of the Year at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards in June 2018. Ben Chapman founded Kiln Soho which offers casual Thai dining on 2 levels. Upstairs is for walk in only counter dining. Downstairs is where you can reserve tables provided you have a minimum of 4 people.
I thought I had made a reservation for 6 of us 2 months ago. Three days before our dinner I emailed to check that they had my reservation and found out that they had no record of it! I asked them to see if they were able to squeeze us in and 24 hours later we got the reservation booked! Top marks to the team for accommodating us on a Friday night.
When we arrived at Kiln Soho, upstairs counter dining was packed. This was not surprising on a Friday night. After we were seated downstairs we had a look at the 18 dishes on the menu. We could only order 17 dishes because the paste for the Curried Aubergine & Summer Courgettes was not up to scratch so they would not be serving this dish. We also ordered a bottle of Spanish white wine (El Vinyerons Lluerna Blanc 2017) and French rosé (Maison Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Rosé) which went well with our meal. Read our wine review for more information on these wines.
By the way, the waitress/waiters serve dishes as they are cooked so you will not receive all of them at the same time. Even so, our table was overflowing wish dishes! We tried to eat slowly and savour the flavours and found that we enjoyed all dishes except 3 of them (Slow Grilled Red Mullet, Raw Chopped Shorthorn Beef and a brothy dish with chicken). I found the flavours different from Thai cuisine that I have had before but still moreish. Since one of our friends had a flat tyre, in the end 5 of us had to eat ALL of it.
Our favourite dishes were:
- Isaan Style Grilled Tamworth Larb
- Sour Turmeric Curry of Hake
- Wild Ginger & Beef Neck Curry from Burma
- Clay Pot Baked Glass Noodles Tamworth Belly & Brown Crab Meat
- Dry Red Curry of Pollock
Cost: £40 per person
Address: 58 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TL
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 noon – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm; Friday – Saturday 12 noon – 11pm; Sunday 12 noon – 9pm
Have you been to Kiln Soho London? Let us know what were your favourite dishes!