Kiln Soho is a Thai barbecue restaurant from the brains behind Smoking Goat. This Soho based eatery has quickly gained a cult status despite being notoriously difficult to get into. Like many of London's most popular restaurants, it has a no booking policy for tables under 4 people, which means you're almost guaranteed a wait. Luckily, this doesn't mean queueing outside as their digital system qudini means that you can go grab a drink nearby and wait to be notified when your table is available. But trust me that the wait is truly worth it!
The menu is fairly short and simple comprising regional Thai food with some Burmese and Yunnan dishes and all cooked in traditional clay pots (hence the name Kiln). The wine list is similarly minimalist but featured a good selection of reasonably priced wines.
We ordered almost all the small dishes on the menu to share. My favourites included the Sour Yellow Curry of Red Mullet, the Beef Heart Laap with Makhwaen and the Wild Ginger & Short Rib Curry from Burma. I also loved the Isaan Style Mushroom Salad, which was meaty in flavour and texture yet full of fresh herbs. The Laap was particularly memorable as it wasn't as full of chillies as I expected but was beautifully and delicately spiced.
We also ordered the Clay Pot Baked Glass Noodles Tamworth Belly & Brown Crab meat, which was delicious and perfectly complemented by the zingy lime and green chilli sauce that accompanied it and the Stir Fried Cornish Greens & Soy we ordered.
My only gripe is that I was a little disappointed that there were no langoustines on the menu as I associate them with Southeast Asian cuisine and believe they would be a welcome addition to the flavour and texture combinations at Kiln.
Overall, I would love to return to sample the dishes I didn't try on this occasion and am interested to see how the restaurant evolves and how the menu changes seasonally. I would wholeheartedly recommend Kiln as a great place to go with friends or even on a date as the atmosphere is intimate yet lively and the food is absolutely delicious.
Find out more and check out the full menu here.