The Begging Bowl was borne from a passion to recreate the real flavours of Thailand in London, something Head Chef Jane Alty and business partner Jamie Younger felt was sorely lacking.

Jane and Jamie share a strong passion for Thai food and great flavours: Jamie, formerly of Bibendum and The Wolseley, also owns and runs The Palmerston, itself a stalwart on the East Dulwich gastro-dining scene.

Jane had previously worked at some of the top restaurants in London but fell in love  with the complexity of Thai cuisine when she spent four years working with legendary Thai chef, David Thompson at the Michelin-starred London outpost of Thai restaurant Nahm ( #22 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and a regular #1 spot on Asia’s best restaurant lists).

Jane is acknowledged in David’s seminal book ‘Thai Street Food’ and she has made regular trips to Thailand throughout most of her life.

While there she spends a lot of time with her extended Thai family, who live on the outskirts of Bangkok. From them she learned their favourite recipes such as pork balls with roasted rice, lime leaf and red curry paste served with fermented pork and crackling. It has given Jane invaluable insight into Thai culture and how to cook this deeply complex and demanding cuisine.



Every year the Begging Bowl sets aside a budget to support local and international charities. Through the months of September and October, we are actively supporting our chosen charity, Action Against Hunger.


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