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Kaosarn chowdown, Brixton, London


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Kaosarn chowdown, Brixton, London

limster | | May 5, 2011 01:15 PM

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Some highlights, with a few off menu dishes:

A superb chicken salad, with excellent knifework ensuring that all the components were of the right size to deliver the right amount of flavour. Most prominent was the bright acidity and zest from lime against the diced chicken, supported by multifaceted flavours and textures from chilli, ginger, nuts, herbs amongst other things. Wrapped in lettuce for a sharp shearing sensation on the bite to contrast the softer contents of the salad. Rare to see a dish as balanced as this, despite the number of ingredients and complexity.

The massaman curry was also a favourite among the dishes we tried. Rich, nutty, sweet, sour, spicy in harmony. Tender lamb, medium soft potatoes that were texturally a cut above the generically soft ones elsewhere, punctuated by peanuts.

A lovely blunt crispiness on the batter of the fried fish, in a remarkable sauce with basil and green thai peppercorns over a rich coconut milk base.

Tender but firm long grains of glutinous rice under cloak of coconut milk, with very sweet mango, a perfect celebration of mango season.

While these were the standouts, the other dishes were also very good:

A classic thai green curry with chicken; crispy and slightly puffy fried wonton filled with a delicate mixture of minced chicken and prawn; a smoked fish salad coriander leaves and ginger as well as other herbs and spices; a deftly executed king prawn stir fry with sweet mangetout, mushrooms and oyster sauce.

This was roughly my impression of the consensus opinion but will let the other folks chime in.