Lucky Khao Brighton – Northern Thai Barbeque
Lucky Khao Brighton shares its roof with one of Brighton’s most popular coffee shops, Redroaster, Lucky Khao Brighton (Khao meaning rice in Thai) serves Northern Thai charcoal barbeque, curries and sharing plates.
Nose to Tail, Northern Thai Cuisine
The inspiration for Lucky Khao came from a trip to Miami where owner and chef, Mike Palmer, was introduced to Northern Thai cuisine and the love affair blossomed. The team at Lucky Khao Brighton have trained in top Bangkok restaurant 100 Mahaseth under chef Chalee Kader who is renowned for the sustainable, nose to tail Northern Thai barbeque cooking.
A unique offering in the UK
Lucky Khao Brighton is one of the only restaurants to specialise in northern Thai in the UK. The regional cuisine differs from what is usually available in Thailand by being more robust and flavoursome. The northern Thai climate is colder than the south, so the food is more suited to the UK.
The food at Lucky Khao.
The menu at Lucky Khao Brighton serves up barbequed meats, cooked over coal fires, with the open plan kitchen offering diners plenty to watch. Accompanying the barbeque are northern style curries, with smoked meats, fresh, zingy salads and sticky organic rice from a small-batch Thai farm.
While remaining authentic to the traditions of Thai cuisine, Lucky Khao is suited to a modern, relaxed and British dining experience. The menu steers clear of complicated descriptions and names, removing guesswork or Google translate from the equation.
Current favourites amongst the Lucky Khao team are charcoal roasted chicken marinated with chilli, lemongrass, ginger and coriander served with Nam Jim pepper sauce and tamarind; and sour aubergine curry with bean sprouts and pickled greens. Oh, and we mustn’t forget the White Corn ribs. (Vegan and delicious.)
Over 40% of the menu is meat and dairy-free and almost all dishes can be gluten-free. The dining style is casual, social and family-friendly with most dishes suited to sharing.
To accompany the food at Lucky Khao Brighton there is a creative drink selection with cocktails well-paired to the menu, local beers and organic, biodynamic wines.
Sustainability is more than a buzzword for Lucky Khao, who also owns the worlds highest ranking Sustainable Restaurants Award establishment, Lucky Beach, on Brighton Seafront. Meat and vegetables are locally sourced as much as possible, and the more exotic speciality herbs and salads are grown in their nearby hydroponic farm, removing the need to freight ship from Thailand.
The venue itself, which will become decked in bright neon in the evening, is multi-award-winning, sustainably built and powered. The Kemptown Projects also give back with social projects in the UK and Rwanda.