Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Farang London. If you want to try amazing Thai street food using seasonal ingredients, you’ll love Farang in Highbury. This is a venture by Seb Holmes along with Dan Turner, previously sous chefs at the Begging Bowl in Peckham. If you’re looking for Thai Street Food London or best places to eat in Highbury, then you must give Farang London a try.
“Experience delicious and inventive Thai street food using seasonal ingredients at this Highbury located Restaurant,” Homegirl London
Farang London Menu
Lucky for us, Farang is in Highbury which is only a ten-minute walk from our house. Homeboy had spotted that the San Daniele restaurant was no longer serving Italian cuisine but Thai street food instead. Seb Holmes, the founder and head chef, has drawn on his experience from The Begging Bowl and the Smoking Goat in Soho. He is passionate about using seasonal ingredients and creating maximum flavour. Teaming up with Dan Turner, also a former sous chef at the Begging Bowl, the pair hosted pop-ups, supper clubs and sold food at street food markets. Their loyal following has helped bring in the punters to this rather large space in Highbury.
Prawn and Pomegranate Miang Bites
The menu features small plates including Prawn and Pomegranate Miang Bites, which Homeboy tried. Miang Kham means one bite wrap. The ingredients are centred on top of an edible leaf. You wrap it up, dip it in sauce and pop it in your mouth. This is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos. Watch out for the green peppers which can be hot. The combination of ingredients is fresh and crunchy which is a fabulous combination. With a hint of lime, it’s a summery and fresh starter. There was also a vegetarian option available.
Yellow Bean, Chive and Asian Vegetable Crispy Wontons
I tucked into Yellow Bean, Chive and Asian Vegetable Crispy Wontons which was accompanied with a delicious Burnt Chili Dipping Sauce. I loved this dish, the wontons were wonderfully crispy. Other small plates included Grilled Onglet Steak with Roasted Chili Jaew (Thai dried chili dipping sauce). Or you can try the Grilled Cornish Dayboat Fish with Nam Jim Jaew (spicy dipping sauce).
Whole Crispy Sea Bass with Three Flavour Sauce
Homeboy tried a special for his big plate which was Whole Crispy Sea Bass with Three Flavour Sauce. Wow, this dish looked amazing. I couldn’t try it as I’m a vegetarian but was told that it was perfectly balanced between tasting sweet and sour. It was totally devoured which is a good sign!
Vegetarian Green Curry
Meanwhile, I’d ordered a vegetarian version of the Green Curry which was tasty and well-presented but just a bit too hot for my taste buds. Next time I think I’ll try the Tofu, Shiitake Mushroom and Yellow Bean Lon with Dipping Vegetables and Herbs. Or the vegetarian version of the Aromatic Curry of Coconut Braised Beef Cheeks. Other large plates included Chiang Mai Minced Pork Belly and Tomato Relish with Dipping Vegetables and Herbs. Half Spring Chicken and Minced Tiger Prawn Red Curry with Sweet Basil. Green Curry of Cornish Mussels or the very hot Jungle Curry of Fresh Cornish Dayboat Fish. There are a few sides which include Jasmine Rice, Turmeric Butter Roti and Assorted Pickles.
Black Sticky Rice Pudding
After my hot curry, I needed cooling down so that was a perfect excuse to order the Homemade Baby Pineapple Sorbet. We also tried the Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Mango and Toasted Coconut. Desserts and the main dishes are likely to vary according to when you visit so do check on line before you book. To give you an idea about price points, small plates are £5-9, large plates are £12-16 and desserts are £4.50-5.50.
Farang London Interiors
Farang is located inside the San Daniele restaurant which served Italian food for over twenty years. The interiors are still pretty much the same. The tables still bear the gingham table cloths which have been covered with black paper. The interiors are rustic with bare brick walls and worn tiled flooring. The interiors don’t match the cuisine but who cares when it tastes so good. There are around 66 covers so it’s quite sizable inside although you do need to book because it gets very busy.
Farang London Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Farang London Website. The restaurant address is San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE. The nearest stations are Arsenal Tube (Piccadilly Line), Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria Lines plus Great Northern Trains), Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line, Overground and Great Northern Trains), Drayton Park (Great Northern Trains) and Canonbury (Overground). Current opening times listed are Wednesday to Saturday 5.30-10.30pm and Sunday 1-5pm. Check online for up to date information.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.