Busaba Eathai

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Busaba Eathai
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A Bond Street branch of the Thai restaurant.


Venue name: Busaba Eathai
Address: 8-13 Bird Street
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
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Honestly ... I love Busaba ... you just can't go wrong here. Flavourwise,price and portions.

I particularly enjoy this branch and have been coming to this one a lot lately.the food comes quickly and it's so delicious. They now have a new meal deal.. 2 courses for under £13 ... I don't have a bad thing to say about Busaba and especially this one :)


I can't comment on the authenticity of Busaba Eathai's offering but judging by the comments below – it's lacking ;)

My experience of the restaurant however, was good. The dark lighting and wooden decor is a world away from Oxford Circus and I quite liked the large square tables, though with a large group, it'd be hard to talk across the table. Food-wise, there seems to be a lot on offer and I opted for a classic Thai Green curry with jasmine rice – both of which were flavoursome, filling and presented really well. I also had a mango lassi, which was more on the yoghurty side, if you prefer it that way! 

Overall, gourmet dining it is not – but for a mainstream chain, we had a great, affordable lunchtime meal. 


Time was you could depend on Busaba for a decent plate of well flavoured and good value Thai food. A recent visit to this branch would suggest that this time is long past.

Pandan Chicken was attractively wrapped in glossy green leaves but devoid of any real taste while Spring Rolls were comparable with a high end supermarket at best. Most disappointing of all was the unfortunately generous plate of Chicken Pad Thai which appeared as nothing more than noodles, bean sprouts & ragged looking pieces of meat, devoid of any freshness or colour. One of the most fragrant and flavourful dishes of Asia was reduced here to a mountain of sad, colourless food.

While service is fine and food is prompt, neither would be enough to persuade me to return again – there are just too many other better places to eat in the capital and perhaps it’s time Busaba went and benchmarked a few of them because a quick & reasonably priced dinner is still entirely possible in the capital. Now, if you need me, I’ll be having an ever dependable Pollo ad Astra across the street…

Well...new menu new concept!! luckily calamari are still in the menu otherwise i could not survive without : )  I love the new grilled dishes presented as kind of turkish kebab style...

The restaurant in Oxford Circus looks amazing and very innovative. The atmosphere is friendly and the food taste amazingly. i would come back again...of course to eat my favourite calamari!!!!! :)


This is a great chain with quality food. Particularly good for solo lunchers to grab a tasty bite to eat while out & about. The 50% off with Timeout card makes it an absolute steal too. I've never had a bad meal with the food always fresh & delicious. The mixed starter is a great Thai tapas lunch for one with 4 of their best starters included.

Time out listed this restaurant as being a restaurant where you get discounts however the staff refused to accept it. The service was very slow, the food was all cold and it took us about 30 minutes to get a bill. Awful all round from Timeout and the restaurant.  

If this were actually Thai food it would be the worst Thai food that I have ever tasted. I have not been to Thailand but have eaten in very many Thai family run restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Someone is playing a little trick on London with this chain

Nice atmosphere for friends to gather. However, I don't think it's authentic thai but more like a fusion food affair. You should also know that you will get Tapas style portions and will end up ordering several small dishes and share, It's a bit ridiculous that the chicken stir fry with cashews and chilli is almost the same price as the plate of broccoli side(£6 +). You don't get rice with the main, you have to buy a side order. The price has gone up significantly in this place since a few years ago, unfortunately quality didn't go up with it. Note: the chicken is always thighs meat never breast, which can be annoying given the prices charged.

Thai people do use chopsticks. I've no idea where you've got the idea that they don't-when I visited, the Thai people I met couldn't get their head around using a knife and fork! You're getting one star just for this blatantly wrong statement!

Well I am a lover of oriental/asian food so im gonna be honest! Hospitality/Presentation: 4.5 stars. Well mannered staff and lovely incense smell upon entering the restaurant so no problem here. Food: Green Thai Curry which I had tried was ok but not great. I mean the sauce was nice but the chicken pieces was somehow not that great, it felt like ripped up pieces just chucked into a lovely Green thai (I cannot be bothered style) sauce so would only give this dish 2 stars out of 5 and portion size lacked as well. It felt like I was having soup! Jungle Curry: Again another dish in which the sauce was nice but the quality of the actual chicken was quite poor, not enough and for £7.90 if you are pretty hungry you would be bit disappointed. Value for Money: As most of these restuarants are based in the city the prices are certainly not cheap but as this one is concerned, do not look to forward to it as there are better Thai restaurant out there otherwise for your 1st time its nothing special! Overall 2 out of 5 stars room for improvement

You have to be kidding me! I have spent a lot of time in Bangkok and I would never ever take a Thai friend to this restaurant chain. I think they would just be embarrassed. The food is lacking in flavor and cannot be called Thai - it contravenes the Trade Descriptions Act. Save your money for a trip to Thailand. The chopsticks are not the only travesty in this restaurant - NOT ALOI

Not cheap, food barely average and small overpriced portions, tables crowded and uncomfortable (there were 6 of us and we had to share our table with strangers), plus we were overcharged, but still there was a queue outside the door for the whole of the two hours we were there. Nowt so queer as folk, hey? We wont be returning.