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The Begging Bowl

Asian Restaurant

The Begging Bowl13.5
fish cakes • sticky rice • thai food • tapas

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  • Photo of Timothy Pegg
    3 years ago
    This place does really authentic Thai street food and everything on the menu is color coded by price which makes it easy to order after a night out.
  • Photo of Jo162014
    3 months ago
    Picture it... 20 yr anniversary, begging bowl recommended. After one glass of prosecco I was told there was no more. The bill came to £73, yet my husband needed to stop for chips on the way home as the portion size was small for the money charged. Seemed they tried really hard to be different instead of getting the flavours right first. Some dishes had too much lemongrass, other were simply not worth the £15.50 charged. Will not be going back. So disappointing...
  • Photo of Lainey2222
    3 months ago
    Can highly recommend the watermelon fish salad which was so surprisingly refreshing and tasty with the herbs and spices!! My favourite was the minced pork in the little bamboo parcels though, so delicious! Great place to go for relaxed dinner amd drinks. Love the tapas style dining xx
  • Photo of ivankaminx
    3 months ago
    This restaurant is a real gem of Peckham. In fact I know that people track across the whole London to experience it, as my friends did. Very authentic, with a verandah of white columns and glass it has a colonial feel It felt like being on holiday to Thailand! The food is delicious, ingredients fresh and the dished are so well thought through. It definitely deserves it's ranking by Time Out - on of the top Thai restaurants in London!
  • Photo of CrispyHomer
    4 months ago
    Went here for lunch on Sunday. Great to have a different selection of Thai tapas. Each dish was really tasty, though be warned, some are quite spicy (and I do like the chili taste.) More fish/shellfish than meat on the lunch menu. The dishes are generally reasonable in price, but I thought that the (excellent) range of beers and wines were rather pricey.
  • Photo of argh23
    4 months ago
    The idea behind this restaurant is great but there are better Thai restaurants around if you're looking for good Thai food
  • Photo of krislovesyorkshires
    I stumbled across this place by pure accident. They were very busy but fitted me in. The staff were perfect, courteous and friendly without being in your face every 5 minutes. My waitress clearly explained the menu and suggested which options were more filling than others and how many she'd recommend I ordered. What she stated was spot on so don't know how other people can moan about the portion sizes. My meal came and was absolutely stunning. I eat a lot of Thai and Asian cuisine and I can honestly say this is in the top 5 if not the best Thai meal I have had. Full of flavour, perfectly cooked and I enjoyed every mouthful. I asked to leave a tip but the waitress showed me there was already a tip on the bill that I hadn;t noticed and that it was donated to charity. She could have easily got another fiver out of me.
  • Photo of Michael B
    4 months ago
    I live relatively close by, but hadn't tried the Begging Bowl yet. No reservations except for large groups so it's wise to show up early, 18:30, 19:00. It's tapas-style with a fairly condensed menu. We ordered the taro (very tasty), the fried squid (dipping sauce was exquisite), the pork-stuffed lemongrass (great flavour but not especially substantial), however the best thing I've done for a long time in any restaurant was order the clams here at the Begging Bowl. A decent size portion, a dozen or so clams but, seriously, the samphire infused broth? Beyond good. It genuinely brought back memories of my childhood, the seaside, the air, the beach, everything. Exceptionally well-balanced. Nothing short of a Proustian recollection but with delicate Asian flavours. This dish was worth five stars alone. The only drawback was that it was slightly pricey. Had 4 tapas, a little bit of rice, a bottle of house white, a banana fritter to share (this was excellent and nutty) and a whisky cocktail each. Came to about £100 including mandatory service. No regrets about paying this though, the food & the experience here was absolutely first-rate. Will be back for sure.
  • Photo of Megan R
    4 months ago
    Beautiful restaurant on a cute little street in Peckham. The fried calamari and watermelon salad were particular favourites as well as the whole sea bass. Worth the trip south of the river ;-)
  • Photo of Jane K
    4 months ago
    The place was packed, the table tiny but the food was really great. The service was second to none from the beautifully presented food to highly observant and charming waiting staff. The tables could have been a little bigger for comfort and maybe the steak salad wasn't quite as butter tender as it could have been, but did we mind the cost of £124 for two (including 6 dishes, a dessert and a glass of wine and a beer). No. We'd travel from the midlands again to come here. It was a tremendous dining experience.
  • Photo of momytem
    4 months ago
    Most delicious food. We had the cabbage, the squid and the baked sea bass which was one of the most amazing things I've ever eaten: crunchy umami robustly flavoured but still retaining the delicate flavour of the fish. Nice bottle of Rose too...
  • Photo of mtate
    4 months ago
    We were one of the last tables to arrive at lunch during the week and felt rather rushed and then neglected by the staff. This was a shame because this was easily one of the best, Northern Thai Isaan style meals in this category I've had in London. Despite the pricing it's quite casual, in a good way. Only real downside was being sat as a couple having a quiet lunch next to a very noisy family with a screaming infant. Not really necessary when the restaurant was more than 2/3 empty...
  • Photo of TMOH8
    5 months ago
    A group of us recently visited The Begging Bowl, having been recommended by others. We were not disappointed. It operates on a 'tapas' style menu where you can order a number of small dishes to share (we were recommended 2 per person and that's about right). Most of the dishes were new to me and all were flavoursome and tasty. We particularly enjoyed the crispy squid and Pork belly and curry. This style of eating worked well for our group of five as we were all able to try a bit of most of the dishes on the menu, although I'm not sure if it would really work for an intimate meal for two without getting very expensive pretty quickly. As others have said, portions are not large and some of the dishes aren't cheap but overall we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and service were both really good and so I would recommend and I would return.
  • Photo of Alison L
    5 months ago
    Tried most of the menu items. We all had favourites that differed so something to suit everyone.Stir-fry of hispi cabbage, Crispy squid with Chilli dip and Geng som boiled curry, wild turbot, etc got the thumbs up
  • Photo of MrsP05
    5 months ago
    We had a lovely meal. Great atmosphere and food was truly yummy but I think it's quite expensive for the portion size. But could not fault the food itself and flavours. We shared a condensed milk ice cream for dessert which was divine.
  • Photo of Georgina B
    5 months ago
    As always at The Begging Bowl the food was delicious; great flavour combinations and exciting dishes. Paul served us; he was friendly, efficient and knowledgable about the dishes (and cocktails!) so we had a great evening! Would highly recommend The Begging Bowl.
  • Photo of emmatilley
    5 months ago
    I'm quite conflicted writing this review, after visiting for a birthday dinner celebration with a group of friends. Firstly it's the only time I've ever been told that you will be charged if you want to bring a birthday cake. With it costing I think £2 per head and when there are 8 of you that cost quickly adds up. I can only guess that this is to counter the loss of dessert sales, however we wouldn't normally eat dessert and therefore the restaurant lost out on drink sales if we had stayed. The food that we did have was very tasty and tapas style - pork neck, crispy squid and the beef salad which my partner and I shared along with the bottomless rice. I would say for the portion size, it is a little bit on the pricey side. We were told at the start that the food would come out at different times when ready. I wasn't expecting however that one of the dishes would take well over an hour to come out. And as the friend in the party had only ordered one dish, he did have to sit whilst the rest of us ate. Now I'm not one of those people who gives bad reviews when mistakes happen - it's inevitable sometimes when you eat out - I've given other restaurants 5 stars when mistakes have happened due to the way it's it handled. But as it did take over 55 mins for any food for my friend to arrive, (even the complementary squid took its time to come out after the apology), the cake cost and the cost/portion ratio, I've had to give this for my experience 3 stars.
  • Photo of Mike C
    5 months ago
    Given the area, I was expecting some dreadful obnoxious hipster experience but couldn't have been more wrong. Efficient, friendly welcome. Straight to a table despite their no reservations policy. And the food! Delightful. Don't go if you're starving hungry as this is delicate, tapas style stuff: a mash up of flavours. Prices mean it's a treat rather than cheap and cheerful thai, but worth every penny. I'm still smiling.
  • Photo of virginia697
    6 months ago
    The place is super cute with the nice patio and everything. The dishes are small and all to share and honestly I love this kind of experience. The prices are super reasonable, definitely recommend going
  • Photo of verdimonteverdi
    6 months ago
    Delicious food and lovely atmosphere! Portions may seem relatively small but you were definitely full up by the end. The jasmine tea was also excellent & warming
  • Photo of SJO276
    6 months ago
    Great authentic thai style food with a few surprises outside of the normal thai dishes you'd expect to see. Very relaxed, enjoyable evening and great service. Will certainly be back for more soon.

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