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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 Saturday, 18 August 2018

so hot downstairs!!! and not very good atmosphere. Food was very good, but not as good as the hype.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

The two meat eaters in our party had a lovely the meal. The veggies not so much... the waiter said they had a choice of three dishes (one of which was the rice side dish!) These days not catering for vegetarians isn’t really acceptable. We were very surprised when we were told that they were unable to make any of the other dishes vegetarian with no explanation as to why. This is normally something easily done by kitchens that cook fresh? The food we did have was excellent, the decor downstairs is a little simple. The service was fine but nothing to write home about and we had to wait 15 mins for our table, just squashed behind some others eating at the bar which can’t have been nice for them

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Lovely food.Great menus allows you to choose a variety of dishes to try.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

The noise levels were unbelievable, our party of 4 was seated downstairs where there were 3 tables of extremely loud people, we couldn't even here one another for our entire meal

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

Put up with is despite being very noisy! Great place and would definitely come back again soon.

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Visited On Monday, 13 August 2018

Yum!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Quality of food excellent, service is great with lovely staff. Kiln never disappoints, we took our friends there for the first time and they were more than impressed!!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

There is nothing else to be said of the food except greatness. The flavors were not only excellent, but the food was all cooked to perfection in texture as well. One thing that really soured the dinner and sticks with us was the service. It's really not the guests' fault there is only 1 server for the entire downstairs area. But we had to wait 5 minutes before even receiving a menu to look at. We also had to hunt down our server for water, drinks we ordered, and we ordered hot sauce which we never received. We then had to wait 10 minutes again to receive our check and another 10 minutes after to run our credit card. Work on your service to match to the amazing food!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

The food was very nice and good for the price

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Great service, amazing food.

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

Wonderful evening

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Helpful, informed and informative, well organised, occasional missteps with food (meats carelessly prepared), too happy to see the back of us (much less welcoming on leaving than arrival - suggests insincerity?).

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Impeccable service staff were very accommodating to our seating requirements. Shame no halal meat served as this has become a norm in many restaurants. However plenty of fish and vegetable options

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Great food! Every dish was lovely and good value Certainly glad we had pre-booked

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Visited On Monday, 30 July 2018

We went with the recommendation of two fish curries, which were like broths but tasted very samey, which was very disappointing. The lamb skewers were also lukewarm by the time they got to our table, which was a shame as I love them usually! We also had a dish missing from our order - however it turns out we were full and didn't need it so it was fine.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Fantastic food at a great price! Would certainly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Enjoyed the food. Unfortunately the restaurant did not have any high chairs for my little nephew, but we managed. A good experience otherwise.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Great service and delicious food. The bar upstairs looks absolutely amazing and has got a great vibe. However, the room downstairs is a bit stuffy. Also, although the food is really, really delicious, some of the portions are really small. I understand that it is the concept of the dish but it is not a fine dining place which makes it a bit odd.

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Visited On Monday, 23 July 2018

Fantastic food, service and dining experience. Still dreaming about Glass Noodles!

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

Was not disappointed at all, the food was absolutely delicious! We were a party of six and so were able to sample quite a few of the dishes on the menu already, but would be interesting to try them again individually to savour it more. Loved the young ginger margarita but we didn't particularly think much of the sparkling Reisling. Will try something different next time? Service was great, made our evening most enjoyable on the whole, thank you!

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

Amazing food with incredible flavours

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Visited On Thursday, 19 July 2018

Brilliant food. Loved our waiter!

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fantastic food, the kohlrabi salad was fantastic as well as the spiced sausage! The lamb was a little pink for my mum but everyone else loved it! Would definitely come and also recommend to others! Staff were fantastic and attentive!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Very small portions. One of our group was Muslim and the fact that there was no halal meat restricted her choices. Also the cellophane noodles made no mention it contained pork.

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Visited On Monday, 16 July 2018

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