KaoSarn packs 'em in week after week at Brixton Village with their Thai dishes loaded up with spice. There's no shortage of choice when it comes to their curries and soups (their spicy/sour lemon grass soup with prawns, coriander and mushrooms is our pick). We don't mind informal dining, but it can get a bit argy bargy here, and we've been asked to move tables before to make room for more people. If you're eating and running that's cool, but if not it can be a bit much.
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You can believe the hype. Som Saa really is all that. It started life as a pop up in Hackney's Climpson's Arch but after rave reviews all round, it moved to being a fully fledged restaurant. Don't go looking for a green Thai curry and instead feast on lesser known dishes from Northern Thailand such as green papaya salad with pork belly; or grilled octopus salad with salted duck egg, Asian celery and peanut 'nam jim'. For those with a sweet tooth, don't resist the Thai-Chinese style doughnuts with pandanus custard.
This Thai restaurant has a real traditional vibe -.dark carved wooden decorations, silk drapes, low lighting, and staff in traditional Thai dress. Problem is, it's mega popular so it can get rammed if you don't get there early. There's a good range of traditional Thai recipes on offer – Pad Thai, Dim Sum variations, and some nicely spiced curries. The bill can start racking up a bit if you really go for it, but the service and ambience makes it worth it.
If you want to sell a burger in London, bring your A-game, because competition is fierce. Honest Burgers have spread around the city because they know how to sizzle a slab of beef. Served in a shiny brioche bun, the medium-rare lovelies here are always top notch, and topped with proper cheeses, relishes, and other goodies. The rosemary-salted fries are almost as big a draw as the burgers, and you can always get your veg or chicken on if you're not down on beef. Better yet, they do also gluten-free buns.
This itty-bitty little ditty smack in the middle of the market serves up some of the best brew we've ever had. Seriously, their coffee is slap-up good. They'd say they owe it all to the beans - sourced from Curve Roasters as their flagship cafe - but we saw sum serious luv going into their well-crafted lattes. A morning pit stop here should defo include a cheese-and-tomato croissant - the manager says they're the best outside of France, and while we haven't sampled all of the croissants on the planet, we can say that it was pretty freaking delicious. The rest of the menu - grilled cheese sandwiches, brownies, and other scrummy stuff - is sourced from their neighbours in the market, including Dojo pick Salon.