12/07/2012 11:47:00 AM

Two New Thais to Taste: Naamyaa Café and Begging Bowl

The recently opened Naamyaa Café seems set to impress diners with the characteristically bold flavours of Southeast Asia - and unsurprisingly so, as the all-day modern Thai cafe is the latest creation of Alan Yau, the Chinese chef and business mastermind behind the egalitarian Wagamama, ever popular Busaba Eathai, and glamorous Hakkasan. In over a decade of culinary business adventures, Mr. Yau has yet to misstep. The menu here is broad, stretching from laksha and tom-yum soups, through fiercely spiced beef and pork dishes with egg-laced sticky rice, coriander and chili squid, and salmon sashimi - all doused with the tastes of spring onion, lemongrass and Thai basil. As befits a cafe, the kitchen also turns out fine Thai patisserie, in the colonial French style.

Also hotly tipped (if you'll excuse the pun) for Thai cuisine is the Begging Bowl in Peckham, which since opening in September has been full of the chattering classes desperate for options other than fried chicken and pizza.. Here you'll find hearty bowls of coconut, chicken and galangal soup, fat fish cakes, green rabbit curry and creamy duck curry. Strong flavours and heat to keep out the cold.

Nammyaa Cafe - 407 St John Street, EC1 4AB  t: 020 3122 0988
The Begging Bowl - 168 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW  t: 020 7635 2627


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