Busaba Eathai should need no introduction & if you’ve never been… WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!
One of Alan Yau’s many chains and by far my favourite affordable eat!
As someone who HATES Wagamama and prefers Chinese food to Thai, I was a little sceptical to try Busaba a few years ago but it was love at
1st sight 2nd visit.
For me, Busaba is a place that can be quite hit and miss which is why I stick to an order that I love and very rarely change.
I was fortunate enough to secure an invite to the soft launch of their newly refurbished Hoxton branch last month which included complimentary prosecco, cocktail, small plate and main… CAN I GET AN AMEN!
This was my first visit back since March when I left for Thailand so I was super excited to see what new treats they had on their menu!
We tried two different cocktails, Bitter Lychee – vodka, lychee, campari with lemon and Pina Rocks – pineapple, coconut rum, lime juice and hints of spices.
For small plates we opted for the Soft Shell Crab, which I don’t remember previously seeing and for £9.95, probably wouldn’t be something I’d look to order in a hurry – I’m, just being honest! And a portion of Goong Tohd (Butterfly prawns) which is my fave!
The Soft Shell Crab definitely wasn’t what we were expecting, I’m not sure what I thought was going to come (I’m a lobster girl) but it has to be on the list of worst foods ever tasted. It was fishy, like someone left fish to stand for a week, dry out, captured that smell and deep fried it. It was VILE! There was no crab meat, just this taste that I can only describe as a smell and the crunchy battered texture.
For mains, again I had my usual, Pad Kwetio (flat rice noodles with chicken, king prawns and shiitake mushrooms), no mushrooms or bean sprouts. My friend had the Sen Chan Pad Thai (rice noodles, king prawns, peanuts, egg, green mango and crabmeat)
The crab meat was on the little side of things but that was to be expected, I find that Busaba seem to be on rations when it comes to the food added to their mains.
All in all, it was a good night, I enjoyed my meal, I can’t quite say the same for my friend, but that’s why I stick to what I know!
Have you been to Busaba Eathai? What do you normally order?
Let me know!