8-13 Bird Street, London, W1U 1BU
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Best for Value for money - Expert review of Busaba Eathai
Founded by Alan Yau, who first created the Wagamama chain as well as London’s top Chinese restaurant Hakkasan, Busaba Eathai has long been one of the city’s best places for Thai food, despite the fact that its prices are much keener than the competition.
The stir-fries and curries are better than the grilled and noodle dishes in my experience. Don’t ignore the list of side dishes, there are some real treats on there including stir-fried squid with ginger and green peppercorns and chicken in pandan leaves. The range of non-alcoholic drinks is terrific – if you’re hungry try the rich jasmine smoothie with passion fruit. Otherwise, there’s beer, a sensibly brief wine list, whisky and sake.
There’s a great buzz when it’s busy but if you’re sat at one of the communal tables it’s hard to hear yourself think let alone talk. Off-peak it’s wonderfully serene, and the gentle scent of incense adds to the calming mood.
Staff are good looking and fashionably dressed but don’t worry, they’re sparky, well-trained and efficient, too.
On a quiet street between Selfridges and St Christopher’s Place.
A light meal of stir-fry, rice and lemongrass tea with coconut cookie will cost £12-£15 pounds. It’s terrific value.
This small chain has recently been bought and expansion is well underway with handy new branches in Old Street, Leicester Square and Westfield Shepherds Bush.
More information on Busaba Eathai:
- Price guide:
- 8-13 Bird Street, London, W1U 1BU
- 020 7518 8080
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thur noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-10pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Alan Yau, Communal tables