They say you should quit while you’re ahead.
So we’re very lucky that Luke Farrell doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy.
He’s the chef behind the supremely well-received Plaza Khao Gaeng, the Southern Thai eatery that’s the darling of the new-look Arcade Food Hall, which recently relaunched under the auspices of JKS (the restaurant gurus behind hits like Hoppers, Gymkhana and Bao). It’s already scored unanimous praise from critics (Jimi Famurewa described the flavour combos as a “prolonged fireworks display”), and in a few short months has become a real hot ticket.
JKS know a hit when they see one, so it’s unsurprising that they’re partnering with Farrell again on another venture in Soho, taking over the old Xu site. It’s actually their fourth project together, including last year’s Viet Populaire pop up (which was also on that site) and fellow Arcade stall Bebek! Bebek!.
The new spot’s going to be called Speedboat Bar, named after the boats that whizz along Thailand’s canals. It’ll be importing a load of influence from Bangkok’s Chinatown, serving dishes that are Chinese in origin, but have since taken on a distinctly Vietnamese flavour.
Everything we know so far is marking this out as a Good Time Place – the food will be rich and flavour-soaked, from roasted meats and fermented veg to drunken noodles; there’ll be a big, boozy drinks menu featuring beer towers, slushies and cocktails like the Jelly Bia (made with frozen Thai lager); and there’ll be a heady atmosphere thanks to an upbeat soundtrack of Thai pop, and free-to-play pool tables.
So your food will always arrive right on cue…
NOTE: Speedboat Bar is set to open this September. In the meantime, you can peruse what’s shaping up to be a very stylish instagram account HERE.
Speedboat Bar | 30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL
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