It was a dark and stormy night…in May. Not the weather for alfresco dining, but what we’ve learnt to live with since the seasons skipped summer. Luckily, the lovely folk at Kaosarn* – Jay Rayner’s top Thai restaurant – had catered for such eventualities, offering us cosy blankets to warm our shaking bones.
Kaosarn was one of the first family-run restaurants to open in Brixton village – a culinary pioneer you could say. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength, so the imminent opening of its sister restaurant in nearby Clapham comes as no surprise. As with most village eateries, you can bring your own booze, which instantly brings the already reasonable price down.
When it comes to the food, there’s a wide selection to chose from, such as my Satay Gai starter and Gang Kua Sapparod Goong with Khao Neaw main course (simple translation: Chicken Satay and Thai Red King Prawn Curry with sticky rice).
My speedy starter was a combination of tender grilled chicken and deliciously peanuty sauce. It left a satisfied smile on my face and an overwhelming urge to lick the satay bowl clean – so ladylike.
As for the main course, the curry was sweet and aromatic, with enough of a kick to warm my throat without making me wince. The addition of pineapple wasn’t my favourite, but the infused king prawns and bursting cherry tomatoes were a delight.
Unfortunately for me, the star of the show was L’s order – stir-fried pork topped with a runny fried egg served on a bed of rice. Me oh my it tasted good, so I can’t wait to try making it at home soon.
Kaosarn gets a LLE Rating of 7/10 from me. The food is mouthwatering and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the more adventurous dishes.
Kaosarn, Unit 2 & 96, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PR
*Thank you eatinBrixton.com for the use of your photo – next time I’ll remember to take my own.