Please note, the Covent Garden branch of Smoking Goat has now closed. Time Out Food editors, January 2019.
If you’re looking for adventurous eating, you can find it in Thailand. On one visit up near the Burmese border, I pulled my motorbike over to a roadside shack, attracted by the barbecue smell. ‘Paddy chicken’ was the garbled translation for what turned out to be chargrilled field rats. Not much meat on them, in case you’re wondering.
You won’t find much paddy chicken in London, but you can find dishes that capture the spirit of Thai barbecue. Smoking Goat is a café-bar serving half-a-dozen snacks and meals inspired by street food.
Low lighting and a barely legible menu make it hard to tell what you’re eating, but barbecued duck legs were a highlight: the well-rendered meat served with a watery version of nam jim jaew, tangy sour-and-sweet dipping sauce, plus sticky rice to mop up the juices. More challenging was a whole chilli crab, slathered in a spicy, sticky sauce. After cracking the shells, you eat by hand; the sauce goes everywhere. Not a dish to order on a hot date. Som tam was easier to handle, though this green papaya salad should have been worked over properly in a mortar and pestle.
Smoking Goat is styled like a dive bar but has craft beers and a wine list that’s unusually well-matched to Thai food. Bar snacks such as fried chicken wings or roast scallops are served from 3pm to 7pm, then the dinner menu kicks in. The caveats: it doesn’t take bookings, and it’s loud, small and very busy. On two of our three visits we were told the wait, outside in the cold, would be over an hour. At least in Thailand you can wait for your paddy chicken in the balmy shade.
|Venue name:||Smoking Goat - CLOSED|
7 Denmark Street
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:5
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Really enjoyed the food,service and atmosphere. Really good for a cosy dinner. Wish I got the goat shoulder although all of our food was delicious and spicy. The only thing I found weird was eating thai food in a pub style atmosphere and the name smoking goat does not reflect either. A bit confused but still worth a second visit.
We were a group of 4 and had chili wings (delicious!) and a whole smoked goat shoulder. Two of them to be precise. We had some rice and side vegetables. It was delicious, and look at the picture to see the size of that goat shoulder! Service was fine. The place is a bit crowded and they take no table reservations per se, you have to arrive with your whole party to be seated after you have made a reservation It is this annoying newish thing in London with people waiting in line outside. (Think cold winter and raining and this clearly does not work) It is a Thai restaurant but it looks and feels more like fusion international. I enjoyed it, but the reservation issue it is a problem for me. I would want to try the chili wings again, though :)
The Smoking Goat is one of London's hidden gems, tucked away down Denmark Street, this little restaurant only holds about 15 guests at a time. But what it lacks in size it most certainly makes up for in flavours! Specializing in Thai barbecued meats, adventurous salads and bottomless sticky rice, Smoking Goat is a real winner for me. We went for the chang mai pork belly, waterfall beef with lemongrass and chilli, and the spicy green papaya salad (don't take the name lightly- it's pretty bloody spicy). All dishes looked almost too good to eat, served on delicate china plates in an assortment of sizes. The meat was tender and juicy, and the beef in particular was cooked to medium-rare perfection. I really like the bottomless rice idea, it was ideal for soaking up all the delicious juices. Really impressed by this little place, the only thing not giving it five stars is the slightly assuming and offish service...
Delish!!!! friendly service, great tasting food, what more can you ask for.. oh yeah banging cocktails! Not a huge venue so make sure you book, we came on Sunday lunch and it was quiet but y the time our mains arrived it was filling up and no more space available. Make sure you get the fish sauce wings as they're the best we've ever had!
Ate at smoking goat last night and it was incredible! Ended up here after some other soho restaurants had a 2 hour wait, when this was only 15 minutes. You can have a drink whilst you wait and its definitely worth it. The menu is quite meat heavy, but its all amazingly cooked and super flavorsome. We shared one main, three sides and a salad between two, with cocktails and wine all coming in at £100, which seems really reasonable for a huge amount of food. Would definitely recommend the short rib, so tasty. Staff are super friendly too!
I've been here before and absolutely loved it. Went last night, ordered the scallops as a starter and goat as the main to be told a while later that there was no goat (at the smoking goat - oh the irony) so go for the chicken instead (we don't really have the choice to leave, given we've already ordered starters). Scallops turn up and I end up badly burning my (pointing) finger because the waitress failed to tell me the shells were hotter than the sun. The chicken turns up. COLD. The waitress offers to 're-heat' the cold chicken. NICE. Please don't! Even though I mentioned that maybe they should offer some free drinks, at no point do we see a manager and keep getting 'my manager says' messages. So we leave HANGRY. Luckily they don't charge us for the scallop that blistered by digit. Such a shame as the food is good when they get it right but I can't rate highly given my experience last night.
Last night I decided to go with my partner to the Smoking Goat in Soho. We were looking forward to try the food after reading some good reviews. We decided to start with the chicken wings. Oh my god! The taste is amazing, so tasty and tender. I'm not gonna forgot the tender, sweet and spicy meat in my mouth for ages. Our main course was the smoked pork belly with the rice and the papaya salad. The rice inside a plastic bag is amazing. I think that I can eat it everyday. The papaya salad is yummy too and a bit spicy. The pork belly was very good. Comes a big portion and it’s tender and tasty too. Ps: Where is the goat in the menu?
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