UPDATED August 2016:
Rising star Tem Ban is bringing their fresh take on traditional Thai cooking to popular independent Clapham pub The King & Co this August and September, in their first extended kitchen residency. Launching on Monday 1st August and running daily for two months, the new pub popup will showcase an array of sensational Southeast Asian small and large plates ideal for sharing, plus daily specials and original weekend brunch dishes.
Visitors to Tem Ban’s kitchen takeover at The King & Co can choose from a regularly-rotating menu that combines the vibrancy of traditional Thai ingredients with modern cooking techniques. Designed to share so that everyone can experience a range of complimentary flavours, Tem Ban’s renowned snacks and small plates like addictive Crispy Pigs Ears with sour burnt chilli sauce will be offered alongside mouth-watering new delights such as rich Beef La Lot and rustic Red Curry Fish Cakes. All dishes will be prepared using great quality British produce, with locally sourced Whole Thai Steamed Fish and deep bowls of Stir Fried Shellfish changing daily.
Those looking for a sweet finish to their Southeast Asian supper are sure to be satisfied by Tem Ban’s irresistible homemade Pandan Ice Cream drizzled with coconut and palm sugar caramel. During the daytime at weekends, Tem Ban will serve up their unique Thai twist on brunch favourites including Banana Roti with condensed milk, and refreshing seasonal Fruit Salad with lemongrass infused syrup and watermelon granita. Hailed as one of Evening Standard’s top 10 boozy brunches in London, diners can enjoy Tem Ban’s all-day breakfast offering accompanied by The King & Co’s bottomless spicy Bloody Marys, refreshing Cava and selected cask ale for an amazing value £25 meal package.
Tem Ban’s founder and head chef Craig Broadhurst has spent nearly a decade honing his culinary expertise and five years focusing his understanding of Thai cuisine. Craig’s passion for Thai food was awakened training under industry masters at The Begging Bowl in Peckham, and developed further whilst working at Andy Oliver’s Thai Grill at Bar Story, plus as a ten month stint as Sous Chef at Smoking Goat perfecting the art of smoked meat with Thai flavours. Following on from Tem Ban’s sell-out successful launch dinners at The Lido Cafe in nearby Herne Hill and a series of short popup stints around South London, Craig is now bringing his fresh take on traditional Thai food to The King & Co for Tem Ban’s first extended pub residency.
Tem Ban’s residency at The King & Co runs from Monday 1st August to Sunday 2nd October inclusive.
The King & Co
100 Clapham Park Road
The Lido Cafe is known for it’s rotating residencies in the evening and we headed along to try out Tem Ban Thai, unfortunately on the last night of their residency. These are some seriously smart selections of amazing Thai dishes at ridiculously low prices. You can pretty much just say “one of everything” when you sit down at the table. A salad of deep fried grey mullet and sour fruit salad was super fresh and a bargain at £5.50, whilst a generous portion of Gang Hang Lay – northern style curry of pork belly, ginger, coriander and peanuts was only £13. Being able to eat with you hands and dive in with the sticky rice was icing on the cake.
Head Chef Craig has done his time in some of London’s best Thai restaurants – starting life at Peckham’s The Begging Bowl and moving onto The Smoking Goat in Soho before taking the time to do these series of pop ups and residencies while searching for the perfect location to set up a bricks an mortar for himself.
Seriously. This guy has skills. Get along to one of these and we’ll keep you up to date as to where to find him around town.
So where will you/we have to head to catch them?
Beer Rebellion in Sydenham – 11th + 12th March: 167 Sydenham Road, London, SE26 5HB. Website.
The Waverley Arms in Nunhead – 17th + 18th March: 202 Ivydale Rd, London SE15 3BU. Website.