Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has just opened Kiln in Soho, a side-of-the-road-type restaurant, with a short grill menu plus a speciality daily noodle dish.
What to Expect
The cooking here is inspired by the rural simplicity of the Thai borderlands where dishes combine Burmese and Yunanese spices and flavours. These are then cooked over an open fire – you’ll be in awe of the charcoal section with clay pot dishes in the open kitchen.
What to Eat
The menu is made for sharing here, with a range of curries, noodle dishes and skewered meat. The Slow Grilled Chicken and Soy, is one that will have you ordering more – tender and packed with flavour. If you’re after a meatier starter try the Aged Lamb and Cumin Skewers for heartier tastes with a kick.
With the curries the fish dry red curry is not what you’d expect – we tried the Mackerel Dry Red Curry, which was fragrant, dry and full of heat. Take a journey through Burmese influences with the Wild Ginger and Short Rib Curry from Burma, which has a milder taste but rich depth and tender meat.
What to Drink
The cocktail menu is still in development, so head right over to the wine menu, which has been selected by Zeren Wilson of bittenandwritten.com. The cheapest bottle of white, Rousanne/Grenache Blanc 2014 (£22) was deliciously smooth and paired well to most of the dishes we tried.
Don’t leave without adding the Clay Pot Baked Glass Noodles with Tamworth Belly and Brown Crab Meat to your feast. This comes with a dipping sauce that adds zest to the dish.
We imagine this spot will get busy over coming months, so check this out as soon as possible. Whether it’s a quick meal by the open kitchen counters, or a larger group in the dining room downstairs, this is a new favourite for Soho. The dishes are also extremely affordable – dinner and drinks between three came up to just under £25 each.
Kiln | 58 Brewer St, London, Soho W1F 9TL