Busaba Eathai

Price guide: Budget

8-13 Bird Street, London, W1U 1BU

Price guide: Budget

Thai calamari

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#10 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
5
5.0
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
5
5.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Busaba Eathai

My friends and I visit this luxurious yet informal Thai canteen more than any other restaurant.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

Staff are good looking and fashionably dressed but don’t worry, they’re sparky, well-trained and efficient, too.

Location: 

On a quiet street between Selfridges and St Christopher’s Place.

Price advice: 

A light meal of stir-fry, rice and lemongrass tea with coconut cookie will cost £12-£15 pounds. It’s terrific value.

Other useful branches: 

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:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Thai
Address:
8-13 Bird Street, London, W1U 1BU
Telephone:
020 7518 8080
Website:
http://www.busaba.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thur noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Alan Yau, Communal tables

Have you been to Busaba Eathai? Would you recommended it?