loti eats | krapow

We’ve been spoiled by new wave of Thai restaurants in London in the last few years, with Som Saa, Smoking Goat, and Kiln giving us a whole host of exciting dishes without a Pad Thai in sight. Now there’s Krapow to add to that list, a new pop-up on Chatsworth Road in Clapton, that’s offering their take on Thai street food dishes. They’ve taken up residence in what was Shane’s on Chatsworth (who’s now concentrating on the Hackney Wick venture) initially for a few months, but hopefully they’ll stay longer as they’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

The menu is pretty short, with a few small dishes and larger plates to choose from, so you can work your way through a good chunk of the menu. We loved the ‘Sai Oua’, a smoked Chang Mai-style sausage; the turkey larb salad; and the ‘Son In Law’ eggs, deep fried and served with a sweet tamarind dip. If the special of Thai Fried Chicken is on when you visit, we can absolutely recommend that too.

It was pretty hard to choose from the four larger plates so went with what the guys recommended, the signature ‘Krapow Moo’, a warming bowl of spicy pork mince, rice and a little fried quail’s egg, plus a beautiful bowl of curried noodles which you can have with either chicken or tofu. Take our tip and get the tofu as it soaks up all the curry sauce!

Krapow is cheap and cheerful but the food is bang on and we’ll certainly be heading back again soon.

62 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LS