Just before mid-day, we entered one of the most modern Thai restaurants in London, Busaba Eathai. You may be expected to share large tables with other diners when it is busy, so it is key to arrive early if you want to be seated next to your significant other in a quiet corner of the restaurant.
Luckily for us, in this dimly lit restaurant with dark wooden furnishings and a few Buddhist imagery, we were seated next to a large window plane looking out on to a quiet Store Street on a beautiful day.
Our waitress was very attentive (as you would expect from an empty restaurant) and quickly took our order of Thai Calamari (£7.25), a Classic Phad Thai (£9.50) and a bowl of Northern Thai Laksa (£11.95).
The food came quite quickly and was well presented. The Phad Thai was delicious and fresh tasting with a generous portion of noodles, king prawns and tofu served with crushed peanuts. I do however believe I will ask for the dried shrimp to be removed next time as it was quite crunchy compared to the rest of the dish.
The Thai calamari was the best dish on the table. It was crispy and with great flavour but I would have loved to taste more of the ginger. Nonetheless, the small plate was quickly demolished.
The Northern Thai Laksa with chicken and rice noodles in a chilli-coconut flavoured soup was nice and spicy. Originally we had thought that it would be enough but we were quickly disappointed due to the portion size. If you are looking for a more filling experience expect to order extra sides like we did with a portion of coconut rice (£3.50).
Overall, the dining experience was 8 out of 10 and the atmosphere of the restaurant quickly rose as more people entered. Busaba is definitely a great restaurant for a light lunch but some of its portion sizes could be adjusted to fit the price. I love trying out food dishes, and this chain is well situated in Central London to allow me to do so. So, I plan to come back for more of a Thai experience in the future.