Som Saa closed at Climpson's Arch in Hackney in 2015 and will open its first permanent premises (financed through crowdfunding) in the spring, on the former site of Bundu Khan on Commercial Street. Look out for 'som saa lates': once-a-month special Saturday evening openings, with DJs.
The permanent incarnation of last year's “extended residency”, in a no frills, no booking, railway arch behind London Fields. The result? – “some of the best Thai food in the UK” – let's hope it continues at their new Shoreditch home.
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“Your eyes water and it feels like steam is fizzing out of your ears, but with tons of amazing, aromatic flavours that make your taste buds literally zing” at this “terrific” Thai yearling in Spitalfields – “possibly London’s best, with many dishes not often seen outside Thailand”. “Friendly service too” in “a hip East End space” with “a great vibrant buzz”.
“The food is like good drugs!” at the new “Spitalfields forever-home” of this epic Thai (“which has perhaps lost some of its ramshackle charm in the move from Hackney railway arches”). “It’s a real eye-opener for what Thai food can be” – “raw authentic flavours”, “great taste combinations” and “some dishes that could blow your head off!” – “I’m addicted!”
Som Saa Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Great buzz about this place which means that spending one and a half hours at the bar drinking really innovative cocktails and trying all the wonderful bar snacks slips by very quickly. I remember having grilled sea bass with som tam and I think stir fried veg but I can't remember what else as the cocktails then Ozzie Riesling combination worked its magic. I do know that the Thai food is utterly genuine and very, very good but only because it is proper Thai food as available in any decent restaurant in that country. Well done Somm Saa for not gilding the lily."
43a Commercial St, London, E1 6BD
lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 11.30 pm, Sat midnight, Sun 10.30 pm