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South East Asian bar and kitchen opens in Covent Garden

Image Credit: Thomas Bowles

This month, Sunda Kitchen opens its doors, bringing together delicious South East Asian food and creative cocktails in the heart of Covent Garden. The team behind the launch is made up of Jamie Younger (The Begging Bowl, Peckham), Phil Sutton (The Perry Hill Pub, Catford) and Adam Papa (Happiness Forgets and Ever After, Shoreditch) who are bringing their expertise to this casual dining concept.

Named after the tectonic plate that joins large stretches of South East Asia, the restaurant’s menu takes inspiration from the food of Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, with creative dishes designed to share. Head chef Charles Lee runs the kitchen following recent roles as a consulting head chef at the Soho restaurant, Robata, and modern Korean restaurant, Jinjuu, plus stints working with celebrated chefs, Marcus Wareing (Petrus) and Angela Hartnett (The Connaught).

Sample dishes include:


Salmon and avocado taki taki style seaweed, chilli oil
Beef tomato tiradito Thai basil, chilli padi, Nuoc Cham ponzu
Cured Thai seabass citrus, coriander, mango, red chilli

Small Plates

Lemongrass fried chicken Sunda sauce
Thai style KFC cauliflower tamarind mayonnaise
Vietnamese jellyfish salad pickled fennel and chilli


Malaysian red chicken curry
Whole fried sea bass mango salad, Pla Krapong, Tod Nam Pla
Sambal oelek aubergine grilled chilli, pickled mushroom
Moo ping lemongrass pork belly picked chilli daikon

Banana fritter speedboat ice cream, chocolate sauce
Boba Sundae ice cream, lychee boba, mango jelly, miso toffee glaze, oreo biscuit and meringue
Cocktails take on the classics with a Sunda twist such as Thai Negroni (lemongrass gin, coconut campari,
sweet vermouth) and Spicy Mojito (rum, mint, citrus, herbal liqueur, soda, chilli) alongside crowdpleasing
Slushies including lychee daiquiri, Vietnamese iced coffee and Sunda Colada.

Co-founder Adam Papa comments;

“Sunda Kitchen is a relaxed, accessible eatery that has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a quick after work drink, midweek lunch or cocktail with some tasty sharing plates. Drop by and let us brighten up your day.”

Image Credit: Thomas Bowles