Looking for a good Thai?
We’ve got a Supawan.
You’ll find it just on the periphery of King’s Cross, and should you stumble across it, you wouldn’t immediately be struck by the notion that it’s one of the restaurants leading the charge in London’s resurgent Thai dining scene. But it is. And it has the distinct advantage – unlike Som Saa or Farang – of being run by Thai people.
Step inside, and you’ll be presented with a clean looking, simply furnished space with red banquette seating and flat bamboo baskets dotting the walls. But, pleasant as it is, it’s not the decor you’re here for. This is when we come to:
Steering away from some of the more familiar dishes on the average Thai restaurant menu (although there is a Pad Thai), you’ll find small plates including their Moo Ping, which comprises a pair of grilled pork skewers with ground rice, chilli and tamarind; or their turmeric chicken in coconut sauce with cucumber relish.
Going larger, there’s some steamed seabass with chilli & lime, or a little pork belly braised in five spice with dark soy. Making their own curry pastes in-house, they can also furnish you with a tongue-immolating geng gung saparod (prawn curry with pineapple and sweet basil); geng Penang Neua (slow-cooked beef with peanuts); or some aromatic duck with shallots and lychee. And for dessert? How about dousing the flames with a bowl of black sesame ice cream, or tamarind sorbet.
To drink with all of that, there’s a small-but-functional wine list, and they’re serving beers made in the Hammerton Brewery a few streets away.
In case you want to Thai one on.
NOTE: Supawan is open daily for dinner, and lunch Thurs-Sun. You can find out more, make a reservation, and check out their full menu at their website right HERE.
Supawan | 38 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DT
Looking for a nightcap spot afterwards? Head to The Racketeer…