The Begging Bowl


Thai | South London

A pioneer of regional Thai food in London, The Begging Bowl couples ingredients sourced from Bangkok with meat and fish from local suppliers. They press their own coconut cream and make their own bitters and infused spirits. The Kaffir Sour, made with their own kaffir lime-infused gin, is sublime and goes perfectly with their excellent Northern charcoal grilled sausage.

Restaurant details

168 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4BW
Nearest tube: 
Peckham Rye
Telephone number: 020 7642 1910
• No reservations
Best for: 
No reservations


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168 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4BW


Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Critics' score: 8
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed by September 12, 2014
"We didn’t order everything: we had five dishes between us, as the menu directed. A pomelo salad with cashew and chilli lime dressing, was the kind of dish you could eat for every meal, every day, for the rest of your life, and live to be 125." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed on June 22, 2014
"...we've ordered pork shin, slow-braised in cassia bark, dark soy, star anise, with pickled mustard greens and a duck egg. Oh good grief, it's great. It's earthy and stringy and pungent, all good things in a dish such as this." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Celia Plender Time Out
Reviewed on September 24, 2012
"The food here may lack the lively complexity of flavour you'd expect in Thailand, but this is Peckham, and most customers will probably appreciate the kitchen using chilli in polite moderation." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on September 05, 2012
"Quality is high: this is a step up from many of London’s Thai restaurants. Classics like fishcakes were well executed: less compact and springy than is often the case, and the better for their fluffier texture and sweet chilli sauce." READ REVIEW