Thai

London-Thai-Restaurants

Last night I visited SUDA Thai Café Restaurant and what a find it is; located inside St. Martin’s Courtyard which sits within the confinements of Mercer Street, Long Acre and Upper St. Martin’s Lane.

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Inside the café restaurant, the space is huge and so we asked to be sat upstairs in order to grasp the full scale of the place.

There are cocktail bars upstairs and downstairs and at the time of visiting, the walls were adorned by images from SUDA’s Young Artist’s Exhibition, which runs until 26th February 2012.

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As for the food. Very good!

For starters, we ordered an aubergine dish, which was topped with crabmeat as it sat in some sort of mint dressing. I loved this dish and instantly thought that a certain Thai chain better up its game if more people were going to discover this place.

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Our other shared starter was pandan wrapped sea bass with coriander root and sesame, which was equally as good.

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For main, we ordered Pad Thai with glass noodles! Yes glass noodles, which makes this place an instant win for me. If you struggle with dietary requirements like myself, eating out can be a minefield. And isn’t ironic that a rice restaurant actually provides alternatives on their main menu? (Pad Thai is normally made with rice noodles whereas glass noodles are made from mung bean or sometimes potato.)

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The Pad Thai was very yummy.

Our other dish was red duck curry with brown rice. This time I was excited to see brown rice on the menu and to discover that it was cooked so well.

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Dessert arrived in the form of banana fritters:

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And sticky rice with chocolate sauce:

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As for drinks, I had champers of course to start with:

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Followed by a lychee-esque cocktail, which was surprisingly tasteful despite the colouring.

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The bf started with a glass of wine and then proceeded onto a Thai spin on a Bloody Mary which involved a touch of mango juice. Very interesting in a good way.

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All in all, I like this place. I like it for its thoughtful menu and because of its tasty food!

Busaba Eathai has arrived on the King’s Road and given us more of a reason to explore Chelsea beyond Beaufort Street.

Its layout is very similar to that of the Wardour Street branch but, refreshingly, there isn’t the ever present queue which I have always associated with the Soho branch. Yet, on the first lunch of its first weekend, there was already enough of a buzz as the place started to fill up. So perhaps I wasn’t the only local excited about this greatly anticipated opening.

For those unfamiliar with Busaba Ethai’s menu, the food here is Thai. There are the staple dishes such as Pad Thai and Green Chicken Curry and there are also those which present you with a surprising burst of flavour, such as the Red Beef Curry that contains lychee or Thai Calamari that is made with ginger and peppercorn.

At the launch, I tasted an array of dishes which I had never entertained in the past. I usually stick to the Pad Thai or Mussaman Duck Curry, which never fail.

But what a revelation the launch party was. First off and the last dish I tried was the ostrich, which tasted like a cross between lamb and beef. It was succulent and not a tough chewy bird as I had imagined. There were soups to try, vegetarian stir-fry dishes, noodles and plenty of seafood as well as meat. My favourites were the scallops and also the char-grilled duck and as much as I enjoyed the Prosecco and Bellinis, the (non-alcoholic) Guava Collins was very refreshing and surprisingly very delicious.

When a chain joins a high street, there may be some scepticism. But having revisited King’s Road’s Busaba Ethai over the weekend for lunch, it proved efficient, friendly and reliable with its dishes and service.

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