Alan Yau's third Busaba Eathai repeats the success of the Soho and Bloomsbury restaurants with its casual Thai dining, communal tables, no reservations and no smoking.
Other branches of Busaba Eathai in London:
Soho (Main Branch)
Busaba Eathai reviews
Love Busaba Eathai. Great food and fantastic value for money. Try the Thai calamari, they are the best I ever had. Going there tonight!
by aveeva, 02 Feb 2011
This has got to be one of the best Thai restaurants in London, both for the food and price. The key is to eat early to avoid the queues. Service is quick and the food is delicious. I will continue to go back again and again!
by romyj (3 reviews
), 26 Feb 2009
I live very close to the Busaba on Bird Street, and I absolutely love it. Lovely food at a good price, and generally quick service. Honestly, I've never had any bad experiences with the staff. They are always super busy, but I've never seen them behave arrogantly or anything like that - just busy, but generally friendly and helpful. I say try it for yourself. I am confident you'll come back often once you've tried the food. I highly recommend the DELICIOUS Thai Calamari and the Muslim Beef Curry. Mmmm... wanna eat there asap now!
by ante9383, 28 Sep 2008
Busaba is one of the best restaurants in London if you are looking for something casual, quick, tasty and good value for money. The Phad Thai and Thai Calamari are delicious. The service is always great and the food always comes very quickly.
Perhaps the only negative is that there are no desserts on the menu. However, overall it is great and I would definitely recommend it!
by Elena.V, 18 Jul 2008
I went to Busaba last night, we queued for about 5 minutes even though it looked as if we would queue for longer. The restaurant is extremely noisy. The food was average. I wouldn't return.
by emmalev1, 20 Jun 2008
My comment is the same as everyone else's - the service here is DISGUSTING. I don't know who these people think they are, but door staff are just b*tches and the waitstaff are plain rude. Yes, it's true the food is really nice and a decent price, but I don't like feeling like somebody is doing me a massive favour when I am paying for a meal and service. I've been to two branches of Busaba and on more than one occasion have found this to be the case. Boycott it if you can learn to live without it!
by heresmyopinion, 03 Dec 2007
Food is very good - you must try the Thai calamari. It's a shame, and there is really no excuse, that the service doesn't match. You feel that you are at a cheap Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, where you get served insults with your noodles.
by christopheros, 30 Oct 2007
Aggressive, rude door staff, aloof waiters, nasty manager. Served undercooked chicken and treated me as though it was my fault when I complained. Rather than re-cooking it, they just cleared the table and delivered the bill.
by NapoliBoy (2 reviews
), 20 Aug 2007
Love this place - any time and any day! In fact, I'm going tonight. I get cravings if I haven't been for a few weeks.
by dannstar, 20 Jun 2007
Reasonably priced, incredibly tasty Thai food. Have been multiple times and the service has always been fine. But even if it isn't, who cares? - it's a casual place and the food is great. Only downside is you share tables with other diners and there are no backs on the chairs (mum found this hard work).
by Anonymous, 20 Mar 2007
Am a regular at the Wardour Street branch. Great food at a good price. Really tasty and convenient too. It's a favourite of mine.
by Anonymous, 01 Jan 2007
This has to be one of the best restaurants in London - very consistent between all branches, fantastic food, good value for money, and outstanding service. Will be going back soon!
by Anonymous, 12 Nov 2006
I went to the Bird Street restaurant with a party of 12 for a surprise birthday and received the most appalling service - a great pity, since the food was great.
by Becsta, 18 Aug 2006
Went to Busaba for lunch with my boss and my colleagues, and oh my god - all the staff looked so miserable, so gloomy. None of them were smiling, it was almost painful to watch.The food was very tasty, served promptly and the portions were reasonable. But the waiting staff looked so unhappy, it kind of spoilt the whole experience (and it was a first for us). They would hardly speak to each other, and you could sense a really bad atmosphere between them - no eye contact, no smile etc. This reflected in the service. The waitress took the plates away while some of us were still eating (how rude) and she was just pleasant enough. It is a great shame, because there is a lot of competition in the area for Thai/Japanese cuisine, and Busaba (though less than a year old) definitely did not stand out.
by Za, 06 Jan 2006
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