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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

Kiln Soho is a 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 Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The final experience was excellent... but because a bigger table was suddenly liberated. Otherwise, the place reserved for our 5 places booking was exaggeratedly scarce... Do follow staff advice, in particular concerning the quantity to order: the size of the portions is commensurate to the prizes and the suggestion of 3 dishes per head is far from exaggerated. This allows you to taste almost everything:-). Going to the subject: fine, surprising and tasteful food, plenty of small details. Very good quality the John Dory: fresh and well cocked. Excellent chicken and pork sausages. Adequate use of spices, making dishes fragrant and scented. Pity no desserts! To be highlighted the quality of the glasses (Riedel) used to serve a very interesting selection of wines.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Fantastic evening. Perfect organisation and timing. Delicious food. Great staff. Guests were very impressed.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Had my birthday lunch at Kiln, I was pleasantly surprised by the food and service! Even though we were a large party, the staff managed the situation impeccable and the food was to die for... A good time was had by all. Thanks Kiln!

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A great time yet again with brilliant food. Took three guests who'd never been to the restaurant before and they all loved it. Great value for money too

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

Amazing food and buzzing atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Staff were very lovely and accommodating, always keeping an eye on the table to make sure we had everything we wanted. Food was of excellent quality and so flavourful!

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Visited On Monday, 08 October 2018

Wonderful unusual food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Really nice, thank you. Jude was great.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

great discovery...don't change please!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Food is incredible and different

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Absolutely loved this place. We were so lucky to book a table in advance and get in. We were a group of 5 and pretty much tried everything on the menu. We highly recommend the: Smoked Sausage w Turmeric, Stir Fried Cornish Greens, Turnip and Herb Salad, Wild ginger Beef Neck Curry, Grilled Tamworth Chop, Clay Pot Glass Noodles and any of the fish curries on the menu. Will definitely return and spread the word. The food was exceptionally tasty.

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Food was amazing but very loud. Small tables

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

The staff were absolutely lovely and very helpful. Really enjoyed the food - especially the cumin lamb skewers and a beef curry that I can't remember the name of. Thank you :)

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Superb food and a great combination of different courses. Mind that there are stools (no back) of metal. A bit hard for a long meal.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Amazing food, amazing music, lovely staff - definitely vying for the top spot in my 'favourite places to eat in London' list.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Really like the food at Kiln, unique and tasty. Would be good to get some more actual curries on the menu, rather than the soupy curries. Do understand that it is a region thing, but I'm not really a fan, whilst some of my friends are. Still, amazing concept, and love the service and price and quality! Thanks!

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

We went to Kiln in a group of 4 on Sunday afternoon. I booked the restaurant online. We were seated in the basement which was very cosy. We ordered a few dishes to share. The taste of the food was really good. However, apparently the rice cooker didn't cook the rice properly, so the curry came way before the rice, which was a bit disappointing as the food was really good. It would have been better if all the food came altogether. Recommended dishes were: Slow grilled chicken & soy, Clay Pot baked glass noodles, grilled Tamworth. Would definitely go again.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Delicious

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Visited On Monday, 24 September 2018

Very nice food

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Visited On Monday, 24 September 2018

It was all excellent thanks

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Excellent food and knowledgeable, friendly service. Also so reasonably priced. We enjoyed our visit with out of town visitors and will be coming back for sure.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Took my parents out for lunch and had a great time. Very trendy place and the food was excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

The toilets were terrible - dirty and smelly The service was very poor One dish never arrived and the rice took forever No one asked how our food was It was hot and poor air circulation All in all a very poor experience compared to our first visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Amazing food, 2nd time I have visited the Red Mullet, Sea Bream Jungle Curry & Beef were delicious! Service excellent.

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