It’s almost impossible without a blender.
Unless, that is, you’re talking about the “Aharn Glam Lao” (which is Thai for “drinking food”) that they’re serving up at Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch…
This sophomore joint is considerably larger than the cosy, cultishly-beloved Soho original, and is set in the former family-run strip club that was The White Horse. They’ve, ahem, stripped the place down to its bare brick & wood fittings, removed the poles, stage and oppressively seedy atmosphere, and installed charcoal-fuelled wok burners, smokers, steamers, and everything else needed to perfectly mimic a street-style Thai canteen.
Here’s how it breaks down:
Served in smaller portions designed to be shared, the ‘drinking food’ includes the likes of (appropriately) barbecue Tamworth skewer; chilli fish sauce wings; and steamed oyster, roasted chilli and fried shallots. If you want to take in something larger, and ironically less shareable, then they’ve also got you covered with a whole grilled plaice with nahm jim, or smoked lamb ribs with pickles.
Which brings us to the second part of this whole equation, the…
Yes the good news is, there’s a bar. And it’s serving up a daily changing list of wines by the glass alongside pale ales, pilsners, sours on tap, plus a selection of mixed Southeast Asian cocktails that includes one featuring rye whisky & green chilli, and another featuring fresh watermelon & chilli spirit. Want to know our favourite?
It’s a Thai.
NOTE: Smoking Goat Shoreditch is open daily for lunch and dinner. You can find out more, and make a booking (for lunch or dinner for 6-12 people) at their website right HERE.
Smoking Goat Shoreditch | 64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
Like Ben Chapman’s Style? Check out his other joint, Kiln.