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North London’s hottest pop-up is going permanent

Tom Howells

Given 2017’s unrelenting wave of restaurant closures (honestly, just look at this hellscape) it’s heartening to hear about a Time Out fave flourishing. We bloody loved Sebby Holmes’ regional Thai joint Farang when it opened last February, as a six-month pop-up at Seb’s stepdad’s old Italian restaurant in Highbury. Mad critical acclaim meant that quickly got extended for another half year, but it’s all gone so swimmingly that Farang is taking up permanent residence from the new year. ทำได้ดีนี่!* 

There’s change afoot, too. The non-Thai confines of the Italian will be updated in phases (new fittings, a new bar, new lighting and so on); and they’ll be doing all-day takeaway (sit-ins are evening only), with a menu designed to avoid your usual lukewarm and congealing Deliveroo boxes.

Otherwise, the ace, frequently changing offering of super-fresh regional fare will remain the same (and still cooked in the joint’s old pizza oven), but there’ll be a ten-course feasting menu to shovel down, too. Good eh?

Oh, and Farang will also be hitting the road to do its thang at a host of festivals this summer. The kicker? They’ll be doing it in an actual road-worthy military tank. If that’s not a statement of intent, we don’t know what is.

* That’s Thai for ‘NICE ONE’, but you knew that.

Farang’s a banger, but London’s got loads of great Thai joints. Here’s our list of the best.

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