The Facts
NAME: Kiln
IT'S: A Thai grill restaurant

01-10-2016

OPENED: October 01st, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Ben Chapman
DID YOU KNOW: Ben designed the kiln and grills himself
LOCATION: Soho
ADDRESS: 58 Brewer St, London, W1F 9TL
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday 12 - 2:30pm 5pm - 10.30pm, Sunday 1pm - 8pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

Kiln

OPENED October 01st, 2016

BEST OPENING OF 2016 WINNER

Kiln, which serves rural Thai food, has just launched in Soho. It’s one of the most promising new places to eat in Central London.

This is the second venture by Ben Chapman, founder of Thai barbecue joint Smoking Goat.

Aiming to be side-of-the-road-type restaurant, the food is kept blissfully simple, with a short grill menu, as well as a specialty daily noodle dish. The restaurant takes inspiration from the bare-bones simplicity of cuisine typical of the rural Thai borderlands. To this effect, it draws heavily on Burmese and Yunanese flavours cooked over open fire.

The wood-burning kiln and grills, upon which most of the dishes are cooked, were designed by Ben himself. Ben also had a hand in designing and building the interior, together with longstanding woodwork collaborator Dan Preston. Again, the feel is simple, functional, with a long stainless steel counter and open kitchen.

The restaurant also draws inspiration from a bit closer to home, as their menu is mostly created with the best British produce in mind. In fact, Kiln works with whole animals bred just for them, having started their collaboration with growers a year in advance.

They use an aged lamb, fattened by Cornwall Project farmer Dave Soper, for their lamb skewers called ‘Gaeh Ping.’ The grill menu also features northern-style offal larbs, Yunnan-cured sausage, suckling pig and curried cockles. Larger plates include roast goose with pickled greens and grilled aged sirloin.

The specialty noodle dish changes daily but uses their house-made chewy egg noodles, made to their own recipe. As with the grill menu, the noodle dishes are also Thai-inspired. The Pressed Duck Gravy Noodles are based on ‘Kuaytiaw Pet Tuun,’ a broth flavoured by roasted duck carcasses crushed in a press.

The wine list was put together personally by the Kiln team over the past year, and includes many low intervention wines.

If Kiln doesn’t satisfy your craving for Thai, try Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Victoria. For something entirely different, our Just Opened Map of London’s top restaurants and bars will guide you through the best of the city’s food scene.

Words by Stephanie Ang

The Facts
NAME: Kiln
IT'S: A Thai grill restaurant

01-10-2016

OPENED: October 01st, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Ben Chapman
DID YOU KNOW: Ben designed the kiln and grills himself
LOCATION: Soho
ADDRESS: 58 Brewer St, London, W1F 9TL
CLOSEST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
OPENING TIMES: Monday to Saturday 12 - 2:30pm 5pm - 10.30pm, Sunday 1pm - 8pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
TWITTER: Visit Twitter
INSTAGRAM: Visit Instagram

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