We are delighted to announce our that our valued client the JKS group has selected us for their second Thai restaurant with Luke Farrell: Speedboat Bar will launching in September on Soho’s Rupert Street.
Luke has spent over 15 years in Thailand, and training and working in kitchens across South East Asia. Alongside his extensive culinary learnings, over the years he has also acquired hundreds of cuttings and seeds which he has cultivated back at his own nursery, Ryewater, in Dorset. This has allowed him to dutifully grow and recreate his favourite regional cuisines of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, India and China, here in the UK, as well as supply Europe’s top Thai restaurants and the Thai embassy in London.
At his ‘living library’, herbs and vegetables alike are pollinated by hundreds of butterflies in heated greenhouses, with tropical rain showers running throughout. Connected to the greenhouse is Luke’s development kitchen filled with traditional cookware, where he invites chefs to share in his joy and knowledge of South East Asian cookery.
Speedboat Bar takes inspiration from the Thai-Chinese restaurants in Bangkok’s Chinatown and the thrilling sport of Speedboat racing along the canals (klongs) of Thailand.
The spirit of the speedboats’ supercharged engines will be echoed in the fast and furious wok cookery found on the menu, which explores the ingredients, flavours and techniques that took Luke to Bangkok and its unique foodways; Chinese in origin but now uniquely Thai.
Expect seafood salads hit with acid and chilli, wok flamed noodles, roasted duck curries, all manner of fermented vegetables, waxed meats, crispy omelettes on hotplates, and a Tom Yam recipe passed down to Luke from his favourite Speedboat racer. The effect is an overload of the senses and a love letter to Yaowarat Road - the neon-lit street of Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Follow @speedboatbar on Instagram to be the first to hear about menu updates, events, and opening date details, and head to the link below to read more about Speedboat Bar.
The development team at Cleaner Products wish Luke and the Speedboat crew all the very best with the launch.