Kinkao

4.2
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308 reviews
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£25 and under
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Thai
Friendly staff, traditional Thai hospitality, a relaxed atmosphere, beautiful riverside location, reasonable prices and what we genuinely believe to be the best Thai food in London. Welcome To Kinkao
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Brilliant decor, lovely food, great for celebrations, awesome and beautiful locations. Think the service is a little slow but that was minor compared to the awesome food!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and tasty food in a nice and conducive environment.

MB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The location is wonderful. The food was excellent, with plenty of variety to suit most requirements - fresh and good-sized portions. The only criticism would be that the service, whilst very friendly, was a little slow, as we had to catch a waiter's attention to order drinks at the start and then had to wait a while for them to arrive. However, we are not put off returning another time.

M
London
47 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great local restaurant and quite rightly has now become very busy. Unfortunately, staffing levels haven't quite kept up with customer levels so it can take a while to order and you need to order drinks strategically as they can take a long time to arrive.

Great food - of course and very good value.

Good drinks including draft Bredog, but a real shame they don't stick the Brewdog alcohol beers which are far better than the nasty Becks Blue.

IR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Great taste, small portion however (for the price)

P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointing, given other folks' reviews and the fact that me and my mate had a lot to celebrate.
The best things were my mango mocktail, the banana fritter and coconut pancake desserts, the location and the spacious dining area. Also, staff were pleasant.
But, the starter of crispy duck was a very small portion and there wasn't enough to go with the pancakes, and the two main dishes we had tasted as though they had been made with ready-made sauces. There was very little meat in the chicken dish. Service was on the slow side, not very attentive and only just acceptable.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting next to the river is relaxing, it had a lively atmosphere with live music that wasn’t too loud and the food was good. Service was friendly and polite but the restaurant was clearly understaffed. This affected our enjoyment as we were unable to get the attention of the busy waiters to order additional wine and cocktails.

v
London
39 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual the food and service were good and the wine reasonably priced. Our only negative comment is that the shared stater platter compromised of almost all deep-fried, battered items. I feel sure there used to be other things on this dish.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Mix up with orders, took a long time to get a beer (in a bottle). Food was quite salty but it came out quickly and some of the dishes were nice. Wait staff were very friendly and tried to be helpful. There was a beef dish with a nutty sauce that was good (in the set menu)

MA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view over the Thames with the sun setting just finishes off my splendid evening at Kinkao. Throw in a great Cutty Sark rum based cocktail with some amazing food this pretty sparse looking restaurant is a little gem.

AK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal here again. We had a great table by the window (they did try and put us next to an 18th party at first) but there was plenty of room to sit nearer the front and had a great view.
Great food.
Will definitely be back!

G
London
44 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal good atmosphere

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was brilliant, staff really friendly and a lovely indoor fish tank with whopper fish in it. Would recommend if you’re looking for Thai food.

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Extremely disappointed, the service was a major let down, it was extremely slow and had to wait over 90 minutes for main course. Was really looking to coming here, but was let down! Food quality wasn't amazing!

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and beautiful view of the maritime museum ...

y
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good price

RF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic! Will be back !

RR
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very tasty 'farang-friendly' Thai food with plenty of vegetarian options. The restaurant was quite brightly lit with 'Thai' decor veering on the kitch; the staff were really helpful and the service was prompt. Extra points for having Singha on draft!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was average and service wasn’t brilliant
Place was nice but it was a bit too expensive

G
London
44 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was nice but not wow and service ok

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious starters. Would go back for that alone. Loved the pad Thai as well.

RA
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

1st visit and we really enjoyed the food and the Thai atmosphere. We will definitely go back.

EB
London
185 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great authentic Thai food. Nice to have a neighborhood restaurant as a good option as opposed to always going to the wharf

l
London
60 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First visit to this restaurant and have to say service was poor. Polite staff but waited ages to order drink and then when it came there was only one drink instead of two! Waited ages for second drink to arrive. No sense of urgency or aiming to correct what they’d done wrong with order. Food was really good though, not cheap considering where it is but really good menu. Shame about service

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

recommend a visit, food very nice, staff friendly, good views of river Thames, I highly recommend a visit
only think they forgot it was my wife's 61st birthday

h
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Amazing food and cute authentic décor. Will definitely return!

AK
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, food, views and service. Since finding it we've been here a lot and will keep returning. Great for friends, families or dates.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Good food specially the prawn and beef options.
The restaurant and the view really are the highlights of this venue.

KB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Sadly the service really lets this restaurant down. Whilst the food was good, the serving staff just don’t know what they’re doing and whilst they were sweet and nice people, got the orders wrong and the bar staff didn’t have a clue. So disappointing and we won’t be going back 😞

A
Glasgow
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

On the whole slightly disappointing. We have been visiting this restaurant for some years and it has been our favourite thai restaurant in the UK. However Tuesday's visit was mediocre in food and service. The views are still wonderful though.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

I can't even believe this place has 4.1 star's. When the restaurant was in brick lane it was truly outstanding in every way. Our visit to there new location was disappointing. When we arrived the lady that took I booking was not accommodating we asked for an outdoor table or a table near the window She stated that none where available when there clearly was.

We where escorted to our table and the same lady took our drinks order, we ask for a cocktail , bottle of water with two glasses of ice, she told us our drinks will be about 15min wait minimum because they have to big party to deal with and only two bar staff. SHE LIED!

My partner went to the bar to get the cocktail himself there responds was we have ran out of ice sir otherwise I would of made you one straight away.

The lady who took our drinks oder return with our bottle of water and NO ice! We then ask her where's the ice...??? The manager then came over and said his colleague has said we are very angry because we want ice.. we explain that she never at any point explain to us they had run out of us , we as the customers has to find that out our self, all she did was procrastinate and lie. All she had to say from the ofset is that they have run out if ice.

The food was tasteless, the duck I had was so fatty i couldn't even eat it. My partners Steak was over cooked and tasted like rubber.

This place is a let down. I LOVED it when it was in Brick lane.

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything we tried!! Fav was the Masamam dish creamy coconut flavour!!

MN
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The beef dish we had was fatty, other dishes were ok.

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic food, good and friendly service. A super evening out.

AL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was surprising that reservation made through OpenTable was not booked in restaurant's reservation list. Despite this we were duly accommodated.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prawn toast could be improved - but everything else was delicious!
Especially the Penang curry and sticky rice

R
London
174 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent and authentic Thai food at Kinkao, beautifully presented. Great service and affordable wine. Plus you get to watch the parade of humanity on Brick Lane. A gem of a place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service and delicious food, aliitle gem in the heart of brick lane

D
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome atmosphere for a colleagues leaving do, excellent food and great service :)

AL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was too slow this time. Main dish arrived 40 minutes after we finished with starters. Explanations and apologies of the staff did little to recover the ruined evening.
Yet, the food was good.