Speedboat Bar, Soho
Mere weeks after he opened Viet Populaire, a casual dining joint serving authentic bánh mì (Vietnamese baguettes) in JKS-run street food hub Arcade Food Hall, which also houses his new southern Thai restaurant Plaza Khao Gaeng, and Southeast Asian cookery connoisseur Luke Farrell is back on Rupert Street, the site of his former bánh mì pop-up, with a new permanent restaurant, Speedboat Bar, specialising in Thai-Chinese cuisine. Hoping to recreate the flavours and hungry chaos of the restaurants in Bangkok’s Chinatown, while filling the space with a thrill akin to speedboat racing along the city’s market-lined canals, Farrell’s latest outpost showcases wok-fired specials, seafood salads, hearty duck curries and a special of tom yam mama soup. Dishes are seasoned with herbs and other Thai ingredients grown on Farrell’s nursery in Ryewater. The drinks list is also in keeping with the theme: the brave can sip on snakesblood negronis, while the squeamish might prefer to stick to a jelly Bia made with frozen Leo lager.
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30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL