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Thai restaurant in London named best restaurant in the UK 2018

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 12/6/2018

Thai restaurant Kiln in London has been named the best dining destination in the UK 2018, by the same organizers of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. 

In the 11th annual National Restaurant Awards, Restaurant magazine's 150 industry experts including chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and galloping gourmands proclaimed chef-owner Ben Chapman's Thai barbecue restaurant Kiln the best dining experience in the UK. 

It's an impressive win for Chapman, given he's a self-taught chef who only started cooking about four years ago. 

Since opening in Soho, Kiln has captured the attention of the city's food elite for turning out "high-impact plates of bracingly authentic Thai food" made with local, line-caught fish sourced from Cornwall and Asian herbs grown specially for the restaurant in Dorset. 

Think langoustines perfumed with kaffir lime and sweet mint, and glass noodles, pork belly and crab meat baked with glass noodles in a clay pot.  

Rounding out the podium of the top 10 list this year is Spanish restaurant Sabor in Mayfair and Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant A Wong in Victoria. 

Of the 100 restaurants ranked, more than half (53) hail from London. 

Other notable winners include The Sportsman, Seasalter in Kent, which was named the UK' s gastropub of the year, and chef Raymond Blanc, who received the lifetime achievement award. 

Here are this year's top 10 restaurants in the UK: 

1. Kiln, London 
2. Sabor, London 
3. A Wong, London 
4. Core by Clare Smyth, London 
5. L'Enclume, Cumbria 
6. Moor Hall, Lancashire 
7. Lyle's, London 
8. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham 
9. The Sportsman, Kent 
10. Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall 

Claypot glass noodles with brown crab and Tamworth belly at Kiln © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Claypot glass noodles with brown crab and Tamworth belly at Kiln
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