London is full of fantastic restaurants, especially great ethnic restaurants. When anyone asks us where they should eat in London, we always recommend Kiln. We found it a few years ago when a local industry professional recommended it to us. It’s the best Thai food we’ve had and one of the best restaurants in London.
The chefs at Kiln cook on open, wood-burning fires. If you’re sitting at the far end of the chef’s counter it can be very warm, but it’s the center of all the action. The wine list is relatively limited but very well curated, and features organic and natural wines from around the world. We love to sit at the bar, choose two different wines with each course, and share.
The menu is small but there are always seasonal specials like their crab curry. When we heard that there was only one crab left, we jumped to order it. It’s messy, but delicious! Be sure to ask your server for recommendations. We liked the claypot baked glass noodles with pork belly and crab, slow grilled chicken skewers, jungle curry of smoked mackerel, and the northern style turnip, radish and herb salad. If available, they’re all amazing dishes to try.
How do you get into Kiln? It’s a very small restaurant with mostly bar seating. There are no reservations, but you can put your name on a list. They’ll text you when your seats are ready, and there are plenty of places to shop or grab a drink in the neighborhood while you wait. We’d suggest putting your name on the list on the earlier side, as they’ve recently started booking up for the entire evening.
Be sure to also try BRAT, Kiln’s Basque inspired sister restaurant where you can order a whole turbot.
Kiln, 58 Brewer St, Soho, London