We asked Joel Porter to find out where we should be celebrating Thai New Year.
Thai New Year – or Songkran festival – is celebrated in Thailand between April 13th and 15th every year. The festivities are famous for an almighty water fight where everyone takes to the streets with water guns and buckets in order to ‘cleanse’ each other for the new year.
Whilst we think the water fight optional, we highly recommend that you get yourself to one of the the best Thai restaurants London has, so that you can celebrate Thai New Year in style.
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What to See
Sexy, spicy Thai BBQ that fuses British ingredients and authentic flavours. The menu is short and sweet, with rocking dishes like five spice pork belly, whole Dorset crab and massive clams in a sweet sour aromatic broth.
Founded by husband and wife team Alex and Saphin Moore, Rosa’s is a Thai café that started life as a humble street stall on Brick Lane.
Now with permanent sites in Spitalfields, Carnaby, Soho and Stratford, Rosa’s offers a seasonally changing menu of Thai dishes with a modern twist, all in a relaxed café-style environment.
Located on the outskirts of the foodie hot spot that is Brixton Market, KaoSarn doesn’t look like much but it more than makes up for it with a menu of authentic dishes from northern Thailand.
It’s also great value, with main courses topping out around £9 and the option to BYO.
The Begging Bowl
One of the most popular restaurants in Peckham and it’s easy to see why. With a menu of Thai street food classics designed to share, lucky locals can feast on dishes such as sticky pork belly with crispy shallots and tiger prawn jungle curry.
With no reservations, expect to queue for a table – but trust us, it’s worth the wait.
Founded by Alan Yau, this mini-chain consistently delivers fresh, authentic Thai dishes in a smart setting.
Busaba will also host a pop up on April 13th at Fairground – a pop up food and culture hub from the Street Feast team – featuring cookery classes, Thai music and cultural dancing.