Lots Road in Chelsea will see new ‘perma-pop-up’ Talad opening in mid-March. Paying tribute to her northern Thai upbringing, Talad is the first solo venture from chef Natalie Tangsakul. The restaurant will be open for six months on Lots Road, with the opportunity to take it over permanently if it’s a hit.
The food offering will draw on flavours, textures and memories of Tangsakul’s upbringing in Chiangrai, Thailand. Unlike mainstream Thai cooking, guests won’t find ingredients such as coconut milk, but rather the small menu will use butterfly peas, pandan, pickles and chilli relish to create bold flavours.
A selection of small plates are on offer to begin, including slow grilled wings with jaew sauce and rice cracker with chilli jam. Guests can then choose from a variety of bowls, including chicken ad wild ginger masala Hung Le, an aromatic chicken curry, and changing specials, such as fresh clams with basil chilli jam.
Memories from Tangsakul’s childhood also influence the menu, for example the papaya salad serves as a tribute to the lady who sold papaya salad at the market near her childhood home. There will also be plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, and as Tangsakul herself doesn’t really drink, she has created a list of zero ABV cocktails too.
Talad will be open daily from 11.30 to 10pm. After settling in for a month, Talad will be open at weekends, serving Asian-inspired pastries and breakfast.
To find out more, visit Talad’s website here
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