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“Brilliant first time, average second”
Review of Busaba Eathai Soho

Busaba Eathai Soho
Ranked #1,411 of 24,404 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$13 - US$27
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Soho
Description: The original Busaba Eathai opened in 1999 in London's salacious Soho. Fifteen years later, there are still queues along the street every night of the week.
Reviewed 3 April 2014

The first time I went to Busaba it was mid afternoon and I enjoyed the food and laid back vibe. The food was pricy, but it was filling and there was a wide and varied array of choice. Enough to make me go for a second time.
The second time however, was at peak time, around 8pm on a weeknight, the wait for food was long, so long that both me and my partner had finished our drinks by then. I could barely hear my partner over the chatter and noise of the restaurant and it wasn't a very pleasant experience. The food was still good but I couldn't help feeling a tad aggrieved. It would be a great place to go with a big group or in more casual social circumstances but as an romantic meal, avoid it when it's busy.

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Thank Tom_Pears91
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

This is probably the most iconic location of Busaba in london. They do excellent food, reasonably priced and good service too. Unfortunately is in the crowded soho and the even more wardour street which makes it challenging to get in without having to wait outside. The queues go quite quick during weekdays, less in the weekend. The negative note is the noise in there, it's very hard to talk inside there, not really sound spreading, gets quite loud. I do recommend this restaurant and I keep going quite often. Good value for money! Basic but tasteful design too.

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Fresh ingredients, great food, doesn't cost the earth. Always a long line but this speaks to the awesome food.

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Green chicken curry, Fish curry, red beef curry, Pandan chicken, Salmon & green mango salad and Oh the char grilled duck (best dish) complemented with warm Sake and Singha beer make a perfect meal at Busaba.
The place is buzzing as the tables are shared but there is warmth to the place and it oozes a positive comfort feeling – probably it’s all the food!

The Char grilled duck is a must have and so is the fish curry – I could drink the curry, so Yum!

How I wish I could be transported to London right now for some comfort Busaba food

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Thank Zuda30
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

I've been here before a couple of years ago and remember being impressed. However it certainly didn't do so well this time around...

The surroundings are still stunning. Lovely furnishings, huge lamps, incense burning, mood lighting, big wooden tables. The place looks amazing!

We were in a party of three and ordered three starters and three mains to generally share. I've got to say neither the starters nor the mains impressed...

The starters in particularly felt mass produced and certainly not freshly prepared. The fishcakes had been battered quite some time earlier, the chicken satay was slightly tough, and the spring rolls were the same as you get from a standard Chinese restaurant. None were particularly fresh and none had fresh flavours or interesting spices. The sauces also felt like they came straight from a bottle, especially the bland sweet shill sauce which tasted identical to what you buy in Tesco.

The mains were about as average you get. The chargrilled chicken was basically just grilled chicken (no spices or flavourings, certainly no "char", not much meat on the bone, and poor quality stringy meat) with a cucumber salad that was so garlic-laden it was close to inedible. The fried chicken was essentially what I expect from KFC, not a Thai restaurant and again flavourless. The Pad Thai was probably the best of the bunch.

Such a shame as I remember this place being good. Shows how restaurants can change (or simply rest on their laurels). The food showed very little imagination or effort, certainly wasn't freshly prepared and contained no interesting flavours. You're basically paying for the trendy interior and location, not the food which is over-priced for what it is, and where you'd certainly fare better elsewhere.

Thank tike1
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