Busaba Bangkok Thai - Leicester Square

4.0
53 reviews
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£25 and under
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Thai
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Spicy
Busaba is a Thai flower. Differing from formal dining establishments, Busaba Bangkok Thai - Leicester Square represents a Thai casual dining venue, offering a one-course dining experience devised to feed you with minimal fuss.
Fifteen years on, Busaba still offers a much coveted, flavoursome selection of freshly prepared salads, stir fries and curries. The menu also features Asian-inspired juices and smoothies, as well as a simple yet selective wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 – 23:00
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday: 12:00 – 22:30
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Phone number
020 7930 0088
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Public Transit
Nearest station Piccadilly Circus
Additional
Counter Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available
What 53 People Are Saying
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3.6
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3.8
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SN
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and attentive staff. The duck breast was a little over cooked but everything else we ordered was good. Nice salads too.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely Restaurant with a beautiful ambience.

Minus some noisy customers next to us (but disappeared after their meal after ten minutes ), very nice service and food was delicious.

Some of the food was spicy so a nice little kick.

Drinks were tasty especially a twist on a few drinks (such as the Aperol Spritz and Mojito).

Would visit this place again.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been with my friends for dinner on Sunday evening.
The food is very nice and tasty and the staff is friendly and available.
Very good atmosphere!

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OA
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok but noodles and some dishes such as the fish cakes were obviously not freshly made, making the whole experience feel rather cheap. Also they have no dessert menu which is highly disappointing. Other than that staff are helpful and friendly. Décor and ambience was well put together.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Good atmosphere for dinner and date. However,our food weren’t hot and the curry didn’t taste decently. Overall foods here are a little bit confusing and disappointing.

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LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited 45 minutes for sides, and 50 minutes for mains - tried to make eye contact with staff who weren't very receptive. Poor waitress seemed rushed off her feet! Can't really comment on the food as we were in such a rush to eat it before our theatre show.

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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good but some dishes could have been made better (the spring rolls as starters were very generic - store bought can be better; several mains had way too much sugar in their sauces — too sugary and empowering). Music a bit too loud, I had to shout for the waitress to hear me.

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IL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The beef ginger very poor. Eating beef was like eating elastic bands. Very chewy and tough.

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DA
London
116 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food good, service a bit slow! Not keen on sharing tables when group of friends together for special occasion!

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not a fan of the shared tables, very little space to move. Food was average.

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and very original plates. Attentive services.

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b
London
164 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a pleasant surprise to find somewhere in a tourist area so good and reasonable(v close to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square). The waiter was very helpful, pointing us to the app which gave usa £5 discount. We had the set enu, which had more otions than the average set menu, and it comes with unlimited sweet potato fries and rice. all in all, well worth a trip

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Prices at this restaurant seem to have gone up but portion sizes are decent. Service was a little slow but the food was good, especially the Thai calamari - always a favourite.

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s
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Calamari is amazing but I was a little disappointed that there were only 4 prawns in my large bowl of tom yum goong :( a vegetarian or fish option for pad Thai or masaman curry would be fantastic!

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not great service, food is literally ok (although calamari was burnt, stale and rubbery) and the whole menu is quite over-priced

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It’s okay but I prefer the SOHO branch. Service was a bit slow. Could see right into the kitchen and the kitchen floor was filthy (seems like nobody is responsible for sweeping it). To be fair there’s nothing to say that the kitchen floor in the SOHO branch isn’t filthy too but at least there I don’t have to see it while I’m eating........

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S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fine nothing special. Drinks overpriced vs food

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MF
London
111 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good venue and good deal if you eat before 1900

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was difficult to eat (chopped hard lemongrass) and menus dirty we asked for a new meal and when a fresh one came out we were charged twice. The food however was good and the service attentive

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Extremely disappointed that they didn’t have our reservations and said that they stop taking reservations they open table up to a certain time of the day. So why list on the site then ??? But they still tried to accommodate us which we appreciated

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Yummy food but the portions were too small for the price. Beautiful restaurant. A bit weird that the tables were shared with other people...they were just staring at us and listening to our conversation the whole time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely visit again. 10/10.

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U
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very average food and experience. I don’t think I will go back. Lots of other places to try.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was pretty busy and loud (although I know it’s to be expected in the west end). Service was just so slow even when it died down and the cocktails were watery.

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e
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food which arrived probiotic, just a shame about the constant wait to order, to ask for the bill, to pay...

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

it was very busy and some of the christmas menu bits had already run out. but very good otherwise

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FL
London
27 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sat away from the door but the every time it opened there was a cold gust of wind and on a busy Friday that was far too frequent.
Their policy of it's served when it's ready only works if you get a steady flow of food, not one item then a long wait for the rest,not to mention when it's overcooked.
The service wasn't great, perhaps too focused on the volume of people they could cram in rather than the quality of service.
Having a nice app to pay your bill is relatively common these days but it can't be seen as an excuse not to interact with customers once they've finished their mains.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an amazing evening! My friends and I were celebrating our birthdays and we were overwhelmed by the kindness and generousity extended to us bmby tge wonderful staff in Busaba! It was so lovely to be treated to so many delicious treats and stunning ice cream birthday deserts! We loved it and will be back to celebrate many more special occasions at our fave Busaba in Panton Street! Merry Christmas to all the fantastic staff there!

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Mould covered tofu in pad thai. They changed it promptly but offered no apology. Service was indifferent

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Repas délicieux mais endroit très bruyant (c'était un vendredi soir). A tester au déjeuner ou un autre jour pour apprécier le restaurant par lui-même et être plus au calme. Réservation par internet est une bonne idée pour éviter l'attente.

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t
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

an oasis of calm with good food we enjoyed tamarind duck , spicy chicken and a couple of glasses of champagne, perfect

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Cheap and cheerful

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good value meal, very tasty.

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b
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average food but otherwise a nice place to eat

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GR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great ThaI restaurant, had a super pre theatre meal

Gwen Raphael
London

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The maitre didn't check our reservation and let us waiting together with those with no reservation. After getting into our table it took almost 20 min for us to be attended by a waiter. And another 15 min to get our drinks (it only happened after we had requested to 3 different waiters).

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JP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner post cinema with my husband. Service was a bit slow but it was pretty busy. Glad we used the app to pay as we would've been waiting ages for bill/to pay though.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, portions were very small though

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous night here on Saturday. Excellent food, cocktails and service!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service. Wonderful food. However Toilets need to be cleaned regularly.

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