Why our restaurant of the year is a little takeaway in Leytonstone


True story: I moved to Leytonstone just to be closer to Singburi, my favorite restaurant in London. During the pandemic, this small, family-run Thai restaurant closed its dining room and focused on take-out instead. Like so many others, he had to change the way he operated. But chef-boss Sirichai Kularbwong has never stopped cooking – and his mother Thelma has never stopped picking up the phone to take orders.

What I love about this place is that there is no PR and no website. Her only online presence is an Instagram account to showcase a daily specials chalkboard menu, which keeps things fresh and interesting. Whether I’m trying new dishes or reverting to old favorites like moo krob (crispy fried pork belly), eating here is always an education.

This year I turned 30 and had the chance to celebrate with 15 of my loved ones. We sat in my narrow backyard on a picnic bench, moved the dining table outside, and we were always running out of chairs. We ordered over £ 300 worth of food and ate it with mismatched dishes on one of the hottest days of the year. It was eventful, glorious, sweaty and the best low key birthday I could have wished for. I’m counting the days until I can eat in the restaurant again.

Singburi, 593 High Rd Leytonstone, E11 4PA

Singburi won the best restaurant award in our Best of the City awards. Check out the other winners here.


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