Cheating. 2 restaurants in 1 review. Favourite Thai restaurants in London. Both BYO. Gisele – the owner, will show you Jay Rayner’s review from 3 years ago. Every one of his words deserves an ‘amen!’. Food is delicious. Battered sea bass every time. Clapham if you want a nice looking restaurant. Brixton if you love knocking knees with strangers. Cash only & no damage done.
£10-20 a head – do your own damage
Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane London SW9 8PR
110 St John’s Hill, Clapham London SW11 1SJ
So glad London’s commitment to Peruvian food is unwavering. Lima Floral is casual sister to Michelin-starred Lima Fitzrovia. Very more-ish. Beef sudado with quinoa so good I am now the proud owner of a packet of the stuff. Monkfish fleshier & more tender than a wealthy Edwardian’s derrière. Desserts are a bit… though. Go downstairs for Pisco sours & bites
£45 a head – 3 courses and a Pisco sour
14 Garrick St, Covent Garden WC2E 9BJ
Korean fried chicken. Sweet and sticky goodness. That is all friend. Babs are bigger than but on par with Broadway Market’s famous Yum Buns (fave) and almost as heavenly. Bimbimbab is good & healthy. I drink the plum wine like it’s water. Get there early as it’s tiny. Unless being seen hanging around looking bored and hungry in Shoreditch is your thing.
£30 a head – if you can go from pig when eating to goldfish when drinking
305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA
Rose scented milk pudding
How do I pronounce it? Not like Paloma Faith. More ‘pal-leh-mar’. Pink & Blue. Good vibes. Service is on point. Food is on point. Polenta to die for (usually that sad looking cling on side dish). Pork tagine. Walk in for the chef’s counter, it doesn’t take bookings. Don’t be rude – offer them shots and they’ll join you. Legit for pre-theatre and Soho cool.
£40 a head with a cocktail
34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN