Over the last couple of months, we have read about many of the hot new London restaurants and we keep adding them to our rapidly expanding ‘to-do’ list.
We decided it was high time we tried Kiln Soho, which is brought to us by Ben Chapman of the Smoking Goat and serves up dishes inspired by roadside Thai restaurants.
At the moment, Kiln Soho doesn’t offer reservations and since Fay Maschler has given the place five stars, the place is always packed with joyful (and just a little tipsy) diners.
We were lucky to bag a seat near the warmth of the charcoal-fired kitchen where we watched the chefs at work. The attention to detail is phenomenal, with complex series of techniques that go into each dish. It’s not easy ignoring the goings-on in the kitchen, but as soon as our food came we were fixated on the flavours within the dishes.
To start, we ordered the Langoustines (£8.80) with kaffir lime and sweet mint, which came packed full of flavour. The aged lamb & cumin skewers followed shortly after, which were so good, we seriously contemplated ordering another 10.
The Clay pot baked glass noodles has a winning combination of pork and brown crab meat, a theatrical presentation (guests are required to ‘mix up’ the ingredients themselves), and that same attention to detail that informs everything else Kiln do -the little dip on the side (sharp and herby and shocking green) is made every twenty minutes throughout service. Also, this huge pot of noodles topped with quality pork and seafood comes in at just £5.75, which seems almost ridiculously cheap.
Kiln is a good-value place to eat with exciting food. Downstairs, there is an area for groups to sit, which is a different kind of fun. It’s dark, it’s loud, it’s the place to bring your very best mates. We heard that the thing to do is to ring up in advance, ask when the suckling pig will be in, then book yourself a basement table.
Now that sounds like our kind of dinner party.