Busaba Eathai

Address: 8-13 Bird Street, London, W1U 1BU, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7518 8080

- Budget

4.8

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
4.4
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
5
90%
Ambience
5
90%
Location
4.1
90%

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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