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“Not for big eaters!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Busaba Eathai

Busaba Eathai
Ranked #1,456 of 22,217 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $25
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Bloomsbury
Description: Busaba Eathai, conceived by Alan Yau, is a modern Thai eatery offering a single course eating experience devised to feed you with minimum fuss. The diverse but simple menu offers a flavoursome selection of Thai salads, noodles, curries and stir-fries with an authenticity and freshness that surpasses expectations. The menu also offers an extensive list of Asian inspired juices and smoothies delivering a simple yet intelligent selection of wines, all with enough character to complement the food.
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not for big eaters!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a lovely little place, with a warm atmosphere. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with the subtle smells of thai cuisine and the staff are quite friendly.

They could do with having more veggie dishes (only around 4 on the menu) and the portions could be a bit bigger. I had the tofu and spinach, which was surprisingly full of flavor and very tasty. However, I did not consider to value for money (only 4 tofu on the plate) considering the price. My partner had the grilled chicken and was also disappointed with the portion size (one leg and tiny portion of rice). On the plus side, the food was brought out very fast as were drinks!

As other reviewers have stated, this is a communal dining area where you share large tables with other customers. This is okay for a casual lunch, provided you don't mind others listening to your conversations. I would not recommend it for those going out on a date or special occasions. It is purely just for casual dining.

Overall its a lovely little place, with a warm atmosphere and friendly staff but as I said, not for those with big apetities!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The best Thai food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Menu is excellent, a bit pricey(considering that atmosphere is like in a buffet, very loud in the evenings) but worth it. Try their chargrilled chicken and yam som salad!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“By far one of the best!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

I've been to many of of the Busaba restaurants and it is constantly one of the best Thai restaurants I've been too. Don't let yourself been put off by it being a chain; couldn't be further from chain restaurant food! Highly recommended!

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

This place is a little gem, beautifully decorated, very clean and exceptional cuisine. Like other reviews state you will have to wait for a table as it is very popular and you cannot book but good things come to those who wait!! you may have to share a large table but this again was not really a problem if anything it adds something to the experience!! Thoroughly enjoyed our food and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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87 reviews
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“Great Food, Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

The food was great. Definitely get the squid side dish. Maybe the best thing on the menu. The seating is a bit communal as small parties are seated at large tables. While this can sometimes be a turnoff, here it was GREAT!

The food is reasonably priced and tastes great. BIG FAN HERE!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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