I often drop by here after work as it's one of the few places around Holborn where you can still book a table on a Friday afternoon. It's really small and gets busy Thurs and Fri, but is usually quite quiet on other weekdays. Decor is quite kitschy, with a combination of tables with uncomfy wooden chairs and - if you can get them - big leather sofas and armchairs.
There's loads of drinks choice, and I have it on good authority that the caiprinhas are diabetes in a glass. Some cocktails come in pitchers, and there is a happy hour early evening.
Food is the real pulling point of this place, though, and the reason I keep returning. If you like your Thai green curry hot and spicy and under a tenner, this is definitely the place to go. The black bean dish is gorgeous too. The sharing starter is good if you just want nibbles, and all portions are generous.
After undergoing a facelift Bar Moscow has reopend as Brown Sugar and though they've kept the Thai food, pretty much everything else has gone out the window. Where there used to be resered decorum now you will find overtly colourful neon and sixties throwback furniture. I like the idea behind this theme but the execution wasn't particularly brilliant meaning that unfortunately things can look a little tacky. That said the chairs are comfortable and it isn't quite a grotesque environment.
The best thing about this place is the price. Despite being central London the food and drinks menus are packed with items that won't cost an arm and a leg. Food-wise, as previously mentioned you will find a range of decent tasting, if not spectacular Thai food whilst for drinks there is a great of range of lagers and wines as well as a small selection of cocktails. The staff here are polite if not overtly friendly and obviously well trained.
There's nothing particularly remarkable or spectacular about Brown Sugar but there's nothing particularly displeasing about it. Try for yourself and see.
An array of custom designed, traditional lampshades adorn the ceiling of this 'nearly' West End, more like City boozer. Period wallpaper was certainly getting a good stripping when a gaggle of 150 lesbians descended at the bar last night, to shimmy to 'Carwash' and ogle a belly dancer, who was invited for a best friend's 30th bash. Cue an oestrogen overload, as overeager, pent-up, frustrated lesbians attempted to cop a feel of the luscious bell-licious lady, who was quite visibly having to belly-off some of the less lady-like in the all-enveloping crowd! January entertainment doesn't get much better than this.
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A good spot for an evening after work if you are meeting people in London Central. Near to The end, in High Holborn street, Brown Sugar is one of these modern english pubs with Thai food. I saw the menu and the prices and all look very appealing but i just went there to booze up, and it does the job quite well.
It was a little crowded, so all the good seats were taken and we had to stand up. Like that it misses all the point, but guess it is what is on Friday afternoon.
the staff was friendly and so was the people next to us. The decor was trendy. The prices were standard.
Next time I may try the food, i have heard it is ok. But i keep hearing pubs should serve English foodjoin the debate
A small, quiet, Tai restaurant / bar with a DJ to add to the atmosphere! I went to Brown Sugar after a significant amount of wine, and I was starving so bare that in mind when I say that the food was amazing!!! I ordered the spiciest duckiest thing on the menu, was given sufficient warning by waitress but nothing could have prepared me for it, my mouth didn't know what had hit it, but it really was very good and so tasty, shame about the feeling that a fire had gone off in my mouth but that's what happens when you order the spiciest duckiest thing on the menu!
The food is reasonably priced and the portions are large, the wine is really expensive in comparison to this but you can't have everything. The DJ was a little bit random, a cello player might have been more suited but I get the impression they are trying to change their image to more of a cool bar, with offers on the wall for future happy hours on Friday and Saturday nights, so if you get a chance, visit this place before it becomes just another place to stop off for a shot on the way to another bar.
I live just around the corner from this place so it's one of my regular haunts! I've spent many a happy Friday afternoon in Brown Sugar enjoying some very nice wine and delicious Thai food - they do a very good offer, starter and main course for £8.50. My favourite is the chicken satay starter, served with a really tasty peanut sauce and chicken in black bean sauce; loads of chicken and crunchy veg served in yummy black bean sauce. The portions are fairly big so it's excellent value for money and the staff are always friendly, all in all a great venue for lunch with friends.
When Bar Moscow changed to Brown Sugar it lost all of its ambience. It was a dark place where you could sit an have a shot of absinth and eat Thai food ( I don't know what the link between a Russian themed dive and Thai food is but the food was actually ok) it was a decent price and a nice place to grab lunch in central London. Now it is Brown Suger and it still has the same menu it just costs more and the decor is quite tacky. They do have a good DJ usually on Friday nights, its usually too packed after 6 to eat there anymore, from office people getting a drink after work. In the summer the front windows can open all the way and create a great sidewalk cafe. That is if you don't mind being approached to buy the Big Issue several times during lunch. This is one of those places that was great because nobody knew about it, now that they do, it has lost what I love about it.
From what I understand from other reviewers it used to be something completely different than what it is today, except for the food. I can't comment on the food as I haven't yet tried it.
The bar itself is cuddled between offices and business types in the Holborn area. Already not a great thing for me, as I have seen more than enough when these types get into their pints they can get rouwdy. I don't have a problem with the decor, the leather sofas are very comfortable, and I particularly liked the old fashioned picture frames which are used to hold post modern picture designs. The purple velvet curtains can be tacky on their own but it works well with the retro patterned lamp shades in different colours suspended from the ceiling.
Bar staff is attentive enough, but something I noticed is that there is no waiter service, people were ordering at the bar.
The cocktail list is short but they are executed gracefully and taste decent.
All in all, if you are in the area why not? but it is definitely not the most amazing bar in London.
P.S I do love the 4 sets of pastel chairs and tables on the sidewalk!
After school one day we were looking for somewhere to eat and bumped into this place...BIG MISTAKE!! the service was horrible it took us over an hour to get our food and they were appetisers, and then when we wanted to pay it was a mission to find the waiter and have him charge us! horrible experience never going back...
Pleasant place for an afterwork drink - friendly staff, comfy chairs, and when it's time to go, not too far from Holborn tube. I've walked past this place approximately a million times before popping in to catch up with a friend; I'll certainly be back, and can recommend the Beef Penang.
Here we've got a pub with great selection of beers, cocktails, very central location and - tah-dah - authentic thai food. The green curry brought tears to my eyes - it's hot! Delicious. Price is fair: on lunchtime you can get a deal of 2 starters and a main dish for £8.
It' s a nice restaurant/bar serving nice food, such a bargain for a huge portion of thai food. I have been there at least 8 times with friends but I never get dissapointed. It has also been refurbished recently. It' s good for a great evening with friends or a date for a young couple.
good music and wine offer, also does nice thai food. Friendly staff!
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