Hyped Thai spot in a modern rustic setting 


KANNDID SNAPSHOT


Soho

Regional Thai | Go For Lunch & Dinner | Reservations For Groups of 4+ Only*

£26-35

The langoustines with kaffir lime, sweet mint and chilli are lush

Casual Catch Ups | Dates | Counter Dining | Groups [4-10]

Modern Rustic Decor

  Casual | Buzzy | Mixed Crowd | Hip | Professional & Friendly Service

*Arrive early if you are a duo / trio / haven’t made a group reservation 

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THE FULL SHEBANG


WHERE IS IT?

Kiln is on Brewer Street, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus, really close to Golden Square.

Image Credit: Foodism

THE SPACE

I was really into the modern rustic vibe of Kiln. Wood, exposed brick walls painted white and zinc fuse together to create a space that feels modern, minimal and cool with a rustic feel via the earthenware crockery. Upstairs is purely counter dining; one half of the counter faces the bar and the other side the open kitchen.

Image Credit: Foodism
It feels much more sleek and sexy upstairs which is perfect for dates but if you have a larger group, you’ll need to head downstairs for your nosh – here it feels much more basic with lots of wood, long tables and short stools.

FOOD & SERVICE

Kiln is by the guys behind Smoking Goat and got a rare 5* review by Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard and 10/10 from Chris Pople of Cheese And Biscuits. So it’s had hype, like big hype but I was still a bit surprised to turn up on a Monday early evening and the place was at capacity. Luckily we got in just before the queues began and got seated swiftly. The food is regional Thai apparently, with influences from Yunnan and Burman (I’m not going to feign deep knowledge of Thai cuisine, so gonna take their word for it). Dishes are fresh and fiery – the langoustines with kaffir lime, sweet mint and chilli was fabulous and novel for me in terms of preparation and taste.

The clay pot baked glass noodles were nice enough but didn’t wow me.

The quail was super spicy – pleasing but again not mind blowing.

I left thinking yes I’d certainly enjoyed my meal a great deal but I have to admit Kiln didn’t totally bowl me over. I’d love to sample more of the menu and then make a more rounded assessment. FYI portions are tiny, so you do need to order a number of plates – at least 4 I’d say. Service was cool, relaxed and friendly.

MOOLAH

As I said, you need to order a fair few plates, so whilst you can definitely have a meal at Kiln for £35, I’d say budget for around the £40 mark incl. some vino / alcoholic bevvies.

VIBE

As it’s quite a small space, it’s always going to be packed which makes if feel buzzy and intimate. I’d usually opt for sitting by the open kitchen but I enjoyed sitting across the bar chatting to the waitress about wines she’d recommend – I really enjoyed the cool, laid back vibe.

THE TAKE OUT

Kiln is good – I certainly won’t take that away from it. I was particularly impressed by the langoustines with kaffir lime, sweet mint and chilli which were served in a way I’d never tried before; the clay pot baked glass noodles on the other hand were just ok. Love the space, love the vibe, like the food.


Deets
58 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9TL
Kiln
Opening Hours
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
Sat: 13:00 – 20:00

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