Wowing us with inventive and fresh Thai dishes this summer, Smoking Goat Soho has been brought to life by the imaginative friend of Nahm creator David Thomson, who also happens to be the brains behind the Som Saa pop-up and the writer of Thai Street Food. The only downfall is coming against the 2015-created ‘No Reservations’ policy that continues to irk so take an umbrella in case you find yourself waiting for a table out in the rain. But those foolhardy Soho dwellers know a good old-fashioned queue shows the promise of what’s worth a wait sitting inside so bring some patience to see yourself through to eating here.
The tiny space marries well with the tiny menu with on average about 3 dishes per course but matters less when the food is so excellent. Start with coal roasted scallops and fish sauce wings and take some hungry friends (or date) to order whole cornish chilli crab, perfect for sharing with salted curry leaves infused in fresh coconut cream. The beers are excellent when paired with the spicy menu so maybe take along your Evening Standard and umbrella and warn your friend there may be a bit of a wait. It’s well worth it.