No longer run by restaurateur Alan Yau (he sold his creation in January 2010 for £21.5 million), Busaba Eathai has new owners – a UK private equity firm –who have stepped up expansion of this fast-growing chain. One of the more recent branches is this one in Hoxton.
The classic Busaba dishes are consistently interesting, and well executed at all branches: smoky duck breast with tart tamarind sauce; pandan chicken; sen chan pad thai (with crab meat); green curry fried rice with chargrilled chicken.
A few of the newer dishes aren't quite so alluring; a wing-bean salad was drenched in an overly rich coconut dressing, masking its fresh, pea-like flavour. But Thai-style calamares, all spry and crisp and served with zingy green peppercorns, is a winning dish for many regulars.
Staff are graduates from the school of cool, and although service is chummy, they always seem to sit you on the busiest shared table. Drinks range from tropical smoothies and juices (we love the guava collins) to Thai beers and Boylan cherry cola.
A dependable, attractive place for excellent modern Thai food on the cheap.
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Quite quiet place on Sunday (so rare but appreciable in that area!). Very peaceful place with lovely warm glowing lights. TO TRY ABSOLUTELY: Busaba green pancakes with fruit salad! Perfect amount of spices to wake you up on after a busy Saturday night!!
Rich masaman duck curry, tangy stir fried ginger beef, wonderfully fresh and crisp thai roti, fresh, packed, ungreasy spring rolls. dsevice was prompt and friendly, surroundings and atmosphere especially good for a chain. The only disappointment was the not-very-coconutty-tasting coconut rice. No problems getting the 25% off with my Time Out card - which included drinks! fantastic value for money.
I agree with Raoul - Calamari is not as good as it use to me. The Busaba in shoreditch has gone way downhill since it opened up. Really not impressed. Restaurant looks pretty but rubbish food (esp when compared to all the other asian delights this area has to offer).