Party Earth Review A bustling and trendy restaurant, Busaba Eathai (“eat” + “Thai”) serves some of the most reasonably-priced dishes in London. Part of a chain of eight restaurants, the location on Wardour Street is always packed with a... ... read full review
106–110 Wardour Street
London W1F 0TR
Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road
020 7255 8686
M–Th noon–11pm, F–Sa noon–11:30pm, Su noon–10pm
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
A bustling and trendy restaurant, Busaba Eathai (“eat” + “Thai”) serves some of the most reasonably-priced dishes in London.
Part of a chain of eight restaurants, the location on Wardour Street is always packed with a high-energy crowd of sociable university students and creative types who stream in from the surrounding neighborhood for some sweet basil spaghetti to accompany their guava Bellinis.
Lines can be long, especially during the lunch crunch, but they normally move fast, allowing the starving young professionals to nab a spot at the communal tables and meet new Thai food lovers while their coconut prawns heat up.
A good selection of tapas-style fare keeps the picky eaters happy, while the perpetual scents of incense and spices create an exotic atmosphere that whets the appetite.
With little to look at in the sparsely decorated room, save for the throngs of happy eaters and the open kitchen, the focus at Busaba is clearly on the food – but only as long as it manages to stay on the plate.
For a lively night of Singha and chicken satay that won’t break the bank, Busaba Eathai is a perfect spot to Thai one on.
Sociable Soho locals, media and creative types, travelers, and students, 20s to 40s.
The chatter of the crowd.
Menu featuring Thai small plates. Groups will be seated only when the entire party has arrived. Reservations not accepted.
Entrées £6–£13. Beer £3.70, wine £3–£5/glass or £16+/bottle, cocktails £5+, champagne £6/glass or £27–£53/bottle, sake £4–£10.
Casual: jeans, short-sleeve shirts over long-sleeve shirts, comfy sweaters, skirts.
Friday and Saturday nights or lunchtime midweek for the biggest crowds.
Fitzroy Tavern (16A Charlotte Street) is just around the corner and makes for a great post-Thai drink spot. Former regulars Dylan Thomas and George Orwell sure thought so.