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Busaba Eathai

Restaurants, Thai Shoreditch
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Busaba Eathai, Shoreditch, Thai

Time Out says

A new Shoreditch branch of the popular Thai chain, coinciding with the group's 15th anniversary.  



Address: 36 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6HT
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Can you ever truly go wrong with busaba? Not really.. I brought my friend here because we were in the area and needed some decent food.

It never disappoints... Its not pricey and you're guaranteed flavour.

What I really love about this particular branch is the decor.. There's outdoor seating which doesn't feel so exposed and its as if you're in Thailand here!


Busaba Eathai has a great atmosphere and beautiful detailed interior. Known for 'Modern Bangkok eating', the menu has some interesting and "unique" options, such as 'Garlic black chicken liver', 'Son-in-law eggs' and even 'Hot and sour seafood'. I wasn't sure what to pick as I am not very familiar with Thai food however I had Egg fried rice and Mussaman Duck (braised pulled duck leg in traditional style Mussaman sauce and peanut) which I enjoyed. If you aren't a fan of spicy food, pay attention to the 'Busaba chili rating', this includes 'slight tingle', 'nice and spicy' and 'hot stuff'. The coconut rice could do with a lot more coconut! However the service was quick and friendly. They also have Vegan and Gluten free dishes. Extremely near Boxpark. I would go back! Download the app for £5 off.


Since coming back from Thailand I am VERY picky and critical of Pad Thais, but the one here was delicious, fragnant, fresh and not too oily. I also loved that thier prawn cocktails have a little kick to them too! Overall was pleasant eating experience where the food didn't take too long and the ambience created by the decor and lighting felt very zen, despite being full.


I’ve had a hit and miss experience with Busaba over the years. With a very disappointing pat thai on my first visit to spectacular curries.

The Wednesday meal-deal was somewhere in the middle. The £9.99 rice + curry + drink deal with weekly changing menu is definitely worth a try, but again, it can vary from visit to visit or dish to dish. The yellow dry prawn curry was super fragrant, strongly lemongrassy, sweet and not too spicy, but as the name suggests, there wasn’t enough sauce to mix with the rice. We ordered jasmine rice, but I think they purely served us the basic plain option. The curry consisted 40% of onion chunks, which I personally don’t mind, but I was expecting more veg in the dish and on the whole, just more of it to cover my rice. The prawns were very tender and tasty. The house wines were surprisingly good.

This particular branch is a bit like an oasis. Even if busy, I find it more calm than the other branches. We weren’t lucky with the waiter, who claimed he was new, and mildly messed up a few little things, but with the previous dishes in the back of my mind, I’d definitely be back.   


After quite a few trips to Thailand, I can honestly say that Busaba´s food comes very close to the real deal. Everything I have tried has been great. My favorite is the beef red curry - pretty spicy but so aromatic and creamy!

The only downside is that this place is pretty much always extremely busy and I usually feel like I´m spending all my time not talking to friends but hunting down waiters for menus, water or the bill...


By luck or chance, we came here for a 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing in the newly opened private room upstairs via Time Out Cardholders.The private area has its own kitchen which will be used for cooking classes in the near future.

On the night, head chef Jude designed the menu, with wine selected by Master of Wine Annette Scarfe.  Music was provided by a totally old-school-cool Hoxton Radio DJ.  Right at the beginning, we were greeted with a cocktail (new on the menu).   After self intros by the MC, Jude and Annette, Jude explained each dish as it was being served.  He came around to all the vegetarians to explain also their alternatives.  Annette then introduced each wine selected after Jude’s intro. 

I must say the first entrée (which comprised thai fruits served on a beetle (?) leaf with a sticky sweet and savoury nutty paste) paired with Chablis produced flavour sensations I will definitely go back for!  For the rest of the vegetarian menu, another knockout in terms of flavour was the veggie curry and the tom yum goong (soup).  Yum, yum, yum – must go back for that too!  I also loved the stir fried veggies (snap peas?) – so, so fresh!

From the omnivore menu, my companion also loved the first entrée, the duck curry and the cod.  He’s not much of a beef man, but had 3 helpings, so I guess that wasn’t bad either.

We were served two more cocktail, which were super fresh too (notes of lemongrass and another with Star Anise)!  The whole cocktail menu is new so we’ll have to go back to try the rest.

By dessert, we were all really stuffed, we still managed to eat it (mango with coconut and black sticky rice) and had a great night and met really chatty people on our communal table.  The table decorations of white orchids was a beautiful touch.

Will be back!

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