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Kiln

58 Brewer St, London, United Kingdom, W1F 9TS
Critics Review 14/20
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Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
Sun 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00

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  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi

About Kiln

Thai restaurant specialising in cuisine from rural Thailand with an emphasis on locally sourced, high quality produce.

Cuisine: Thai
Dress Code: Casual
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Critics Review
Review By Andy Hayler
14/20
Kiln opened in late 2016, the sister of The Smoking Goat in Denmark Street. Like its sibling, the emphasis here is on Thai barbecue. Kiln’s founder, Ben Chapman, spent some time travelling in northern Thailand as his inspiration for opening these restaurants. The wood-fired kiln at the heart of the kitchen was custom-made for the restaurant. There is an open kitchen at the far end of the narrow room as you enter, and the whole of the ground floor is counter seating only. There are a few tables downstairs that can be booked in advance, but only for groups of four or more. Sitting at the counter near the grill means that you can watch the chefs working, but it can get pretty hot sitting here given just how much warmth the grills and oven generate. The menu offers a few nibbles (£2.90 - £6.50), then some starter-sized dishes (£7.30 - £8.80), larger sized plates (£7.50 - £8.75) and side dishes (£4.50 - £6.50) plus rice; there are no desserts. There is a short wine list, as well as beer available. Meat comes from Philip Warren & Son in Cornwall, and seafood is supplied from dayboats from the same part of the world. A nibble of sliced smoked sausage with turmeric was excellent, the meat having deep flavour and being generously laced with red chillies. The cooking here seems unafraid to provide a hefty kick of spice (14/20). A salad of raw langoustines came with kaffir lime and sweet mint leaves, along with a spicy dressing. The langoustines were tiny and still in their shells, but once the fiddly business of extracting them was complete their flesh was sweet, and the mint and dressing a good accompaniment, the lime bringing freshness and acidity (13/20). Roast long pepper and mangalitsa pork shoulder curry was a dark, brooding conconction that had plenty of hearty, spicy flavour and tender meat 14/20). Mangalitsa pork, long noted for its lard, went out of fashion in the mid 20th century and the breed was down to just under 200 specimens in Hungary in the 1990s. Fortunately for food lovers it was revived and farmers started to raise them again, and now over 50,000 are produced annually, including herds in the UK. Fried Cornish green with soy was not much to look at but was actually excellent, the greens lightly cooked and prepared with a vibrant soy-based sauce laced with red chilli (14/20). Jasmine rice on the side was fine. The waiters were friendly and dishes arrived at a good pace. The bill came to £33 per person with just water to drink. If you had alcohol then your bill might be nearer £45 or so per head. Overall this was a fun and enjoyable meal, with obvious care being taken over both the ingredient sourcing and the cooking. There is no “cheap lunch” to entice diners here as the place is full all the time anyway. While this cost level is no bargain for lunch given the competitive options available (a three course lunch at Michelin starred Alyn Williams is currenty £30), it is perfectly reasonable at dinner, given prices in the area. It is hard to find anything to dislike about Kiln except the somewhat uncomfortable bar stools, but of course this is not designed as somewhere for a lingering romantic evening.
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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

There was a problem taking payments when we arrived which meant we had to wait 15 mins to be seated at our table despite having booked. We were asked to stand and wait in a busy and narrow area, so we were getting bumped by staff and other customers. We were then asked to move to another section of the restaurant to stand and wait. We were understanding about the issue with the card machines delaying people leaving, but it all felt very awkward and made for an uncomfortable start. When we were finally seated we only sat there for 10 mins before being asked to move to another table because a larger group needed the table we’d been given. Apparently the larger group had booked, so I don’t know why we were given that table to start with? There wasn’t much apology for either the wait or the table move. The food was nice, but not quite up to what I was expecting given the great reviews. The crab noodles were great, as was the beef neck curry. The jungle curry was lacking flavour and the chilli monkfish was overly sour for our taste. One of the cheaper dishes was taken off the bill, which we assume was because of the table move - this was a nice gesture, but didn’t quite make up for the tense start to our dining experience. Because of the lacklustre service we probably won’t come back to Kiln.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Amazing food and warm atmosphere! Highly recommended!

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Extraordinary food

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A huge thank you to the bookings team who managed to squeeze us in for the dinner service. Informative food detail & service from Antonio. Absolutely delicious plates were served and more amazing authentic food memories were made. Thank you so much again! We'll definitely be back again soon :)

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Waitress was a delight but service overall was poor. We kept having to remind the kitchen of items that were missing. Really disappointing experience overall given how much we had been looking forward to dining with you.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

From the turntable on the bar top, the fun cocktails and scotch and sodas, the service and of course the incredible food - this could my new favorite spot.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Great meal

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Great service, food and value!

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Truly amazing food and fab service. I've already eulogised to friends about Kiln. Only negative was the table was a bit tight but this is Soho I guess.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Excellent food with enthusiastic and charismatic staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Fantastic food and great cocktails. Friendly attentive and knowledgeable staff and good value for money - I’ll be back! 😀

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

The food all came too fast. It was overwhelming. Please pace the food - it was a late lunch on Sunday so there was no need to bring it all out so fast.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

LOVED IT! Amazing food, lovely staff and great service, good value for money. We'll be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Would come again if in dire need of Thai food! Would definitely come again if there is a promotion going on.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

We had an excellent waiter and he helped us order the right dishes and wine to match. Only critique is music was a touch loud in the basement seating area. Will definitely be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

Really enjoyed dinner and the food was fantastic...southern fried pork curry and Larb were outstanding, wine selection was limited but what we had we enjoyed, so the options paired well with the food. Love the atmosphere upstairs. Downstairs, where we ate, was tight and noisy but not sure you have many options there. Overall a really good night out.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Totally memorable dining experience!

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Visited On Monday, 23 April 2018

Food was amazing! We loved all of it and have nothing negative to say. Thank you for the wine too :)

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

On arrival at Kiln the fire alarm was going off and we were squashed on the top floor as we waited to get down to our table. Our waitress was lovely, she explained the menu and we ordered one of everything and doubled up in starters as per her suggestion. However it was like speed eating. Tables were crammed together, so we were on a bench with little room to put food down. Thought the food was tasty we had little time to appreciate any of the dishes. We were served everything and done in 45 minutes. We walked out having felt really rushed and with indigestion ! Not the relaxed birthday meal I was hoping for

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

Delicious food and good range of times.Very loud and squashed together in dining room though

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Très bon mais très bruyant !!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WE HAD A REALLY PLEASANT NIGHT

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The food was great and the waitress for our table was really nice and helpful at giving recommendations.

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Visited On Monday, 16 April 2018

Always include Kiln as part of our visit to London. This time with two 13 year olds who agreed - best meal in London. Each dish stands on its own with unique flavors and fresh ingredients. Dive in and trust the chefs. You'll find yourself ordering one or two of everything as the portions are small and meant to be shared. Noodles with crab is an absolute must. Short but interesting wine list. Great service - good vibe.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 April 2018

Don't let people wait standing up when they made a reservation.

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