The spicy and fragrant flavour punch of Thai food makes it one of my favourite cuisines.
But, I've never considered how this could translate into a devastatingly delicious brunch.
Thankfully, Shoreditch's Smoking Goat have.
This acclaimed restaurant and bar, which serves Thai drinking and comfort food, has a breakfast menu which includes epic sounding dishes like curried saffron eggs, roti and lardo and crispy wild mussel and beansprout omelette with house sriracha.
A buttery, flaky, charred roti (£5.70) was topped with a mesmerisingly good combination of smoky beef sausage, golden-frilled deep fried egg, fiery chilli paste and red chillies, creamy mayonnaise and a liberal quantity of fresh coriander. This was a turbocharged McDonald's breakfast wrap.
First-rate fried chicken (£7.60) was served with coconut rice and a chilli-laced curry sauce. My friend paused halfway through the meal to contemplate the ferociousness of the spice.
Finally, a bowl of Khao Soi Northern Thai gravy noodles (£7.60) was unlike any other Thai curry I've eaten - a compelling herbal hit (cardamon?) was the source of its uniqueness. In amongst the gravy bobbed slippery al dente noodles, smoky bits of yielding burnt ends, spring onion and cabbage. Deep fried noodles on the surface provided crunch.
Breakfast at Smoking Goat was totally different and delicious. If you want a change from smashed avocado on toast then go get involved.
Address - Smoking Goat, 64 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ