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About som saa

som saa is a Thai restaurant and bar using seasonal British produce and quality Asian ingredients to serve regional dishes from across Thailand. Previously in residence at Climpson's Arch, we now have a permanent home in an old fabric warehouse near Spitalfields Market, East London.

43A Commercial Street
London, E1 6BD
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Thai

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tuesday - Saturday: 12 - 230 (3 on Sat)

Dinner
Monday - Saturday: 6 - 1030 (10 on Mon)

Closed Sunday

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7324 7790

Website:
http://www.somsaa.com/

Public Transport:
Aldgate East Underground Station (District, Hammersmith & City) - 3min Shoreditch High Street Station (London Overground) - 5min
Liverpool Street Station (London Overground and TfL Rail, Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) - 6min

Executive Chef:
Mark Dobbie & Andy Oliver

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

som saa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (84)
Spicy (79)
Fit for Foodies (75)
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Casual (65)
Lunch (58)
Creative Cuisine (53)
Fun (46)
Good for a Date (42)
Neighbourhood Gem (38)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Special Occasions (35)
Group Bookings (30)
Hot Spot (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Healthy (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Cosy (15)
Quick Bite (12)
Romance (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Child Friendly (11)
People Watching (10)
Business Meals (9)
Seasonal (8)
Tapas (8)
Brunch (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vegan (5)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Organic (1)
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Great vegetarian options. Will definitely returning back in fiture.

Tags: Spicy
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 (London)·Dined on 11 January 2018

Bloody delicious and service was great without being intrusive! Jamie was an excellent host - knew the food and was most hospitable!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 6 January 2018

Fifth time here, and once again a sublime experience

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 (London)·Dined on 5 January 2018

One of the best Thai meals you can get in London (the other being The Begging Bowl). I grew in Thailand and I vouch that the food here taste the real deal. Friendly and efficient service too.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Spicy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on 3 January 2018

Really good! They kept checking in and were very accommodating!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on 30 December 2017

A two week family trip took us to London and Amsterdam. This was hands-down our best meal; resetting what we thought was possible from Thai cuisine. I've been to Thailand and have always been a bit disappointed at the Thai food available elsewhere. Som Saa's menu is a deft balance of straying from the usual suspects but being emphatically, authentically Thai. The space is urban hip and appropriate for anything from a date to a family dinner with the important proviso that when they say hot and spicy, they mean it. Service was friendly and polished. Given the quality, the price was entirely reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on 30 December 2017

Amazing food, lovely staff. We will definitely be back

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 30 December 2017

The food was chockful of flavor, and with plenty of that beloved Thai-style spice (tangy, salty, spicy!) Each dish brought something to the palate (had the seabass, som tam, chicken larb croquets, and a vegetarian curry). Really lovely to eat sticky rice with the food too; just like one should with Isaan flavors. LOVED it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 16 December 2017

Best Thai food in London, the real one, the closest you can find without travelling to Thailand yourself. The restaurant is nicely lit and decorated. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Brilliant food, exemplary service. Could've eaten everything on the menu and stayed for another meal if our tummy allowed it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 13 December 2017

My Girlfriend loves Thai food.... but it's not normally my thing.... I always seem to struggle to find dishes that push my buttons, but came away from here having loved everything..... especially the amazing belly pork curry!

I'll be back!!

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 (London)·Dined on 12 December 2017

My favourite is the som tam.. It's fine, spicy and you keep going back for more. The seabass was really good and the desserts were amazing, I had one of each. (piggy)

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 (London)·Dined on 2 December 2017

Love this place for their friendly staff, great vibes and amazing food & drinks. Such a good spot for group dinners with friends or date night. All time faves include the whole sea bass, the chicken (gai yaang), aubergine salad and the grilled banana & salted caramel ice cream dessert. (Everything is good, really) Bit on the pricey side, as the portions aren’t very large.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

We had a really nice meal. Sea bass is a must. Some dishes are spicy

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on 2 December 2017

The best Thai restaurant since the former Michelin star Thai restaurant Nahm was closed back in 2012.

The flavours of each dishes kept all the essentials of authenticity and fesheness.

Som saa is arguably the best Thai restaurant in London.

I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Amazing place and it keeps up their level of friendly service, great food and ambience
Great job guys, thank you for making our night out amazing and please continue to be a down to earth restaurant

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on 25 November 2017

Love this place amazing food and great service

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 (London)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Best Thai food in London hands down! Great staff who were really helpful and the flavour from the food was incredible! Cannot wait to go back, also very good value for money!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on 7 November 2017

The staff was wonderful and accommodating. My date and I shared a grilled plate, a curry, and a stir fry and found them all to be varied, tasty, and perfect in portion.

Would come again!

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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Absolutely wonderful food, Fresh, Authentic, creative. The flavour combinations offered here at Som Saa are the best I've ever tasted. The lively and friendly ambience is met by the high standard of service. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. You must try it :-)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Fun, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Incredible food. Tastiest, most inventive Thai I've had in the UK by far. Service was absolutely brilliant. Just go.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Been to this restaurant twice and loved it both times. Excellent, interesting food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on 28 October 2017

We are a group of 4 and we had the non spicy version of the set menu (the other version is a spicy one). We enjoyed every single dishes, the beef cheek and sea bass were the highlights. Also highly recommend their banana with ice cream for desert. Would definitely go there again~

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 16 October 2017

One of the most authentic Thai restaurants in London which serves Thai food you won’t find in the run of mill Thai restaurants. Can be noisy but the food make up for this. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Booked for four and was able to enjoy the tasting menu - so much flavour and variety. Two choices of tasting menu, one 'not spicy' and one 'spicy' - we had the 'not spicy' on recommendation of the waitress and there was still plenty of spice!!
Was a great price, at £20 pp, and we really got to try everything we wanted.

Hugely recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

We had a lovely family time at Som saa, the food has an authentic taste and the service is excellent

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 2 October 2017

Food was excellent - not pure Thai but a fusion-like version which was nevertheless delicious. Go with a group as that way you can taste quite a few of the dishes. I think we had a good 60% of the menu and it was a real treat. Highly recommend the place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Amazing thai food, every time. Great wine list. Wish could get reservations for dinner!!

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·Dined on 16 September 2017

Excellent food, service and definitely worth a vist!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 12 September 2017

Amazing. So helpful especially when we turned up with our 2 year old. Best food I've had in ages

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 (London)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Great food and great customer service. One of the best thai places we've tried in London.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Amazing food!

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 (London)·Dined on 16 August 2017

The most authentic Thai restaurant in London, in my opinion. Seems to be heavily influenced by the food if Northern Thailand, and does an outstanding job of highlighting the best of the cuisine.

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 (London)·Dined on 16 August 2017

Best Thai in town! Food is modern Thai and full of flavour, atmosphere is great as it's the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on 12 August 2017

I originally booked a table for 4 but they managed to find me a table for 5 at short notice. Service was good throughout. The food lived up to all the hype. Lots of standout dishes so I recommend ordering lots and sharing with friends. The most surprising part was the bill. My party had two cocktails each, a great selection of mains and desserts and the bill was less than £45 each. Great value for money.

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 (London)·Dined on 9 August 2017

Excellent loved it the staff were great and the food amazing! will be back soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on 1 August 2017

Unique food packed full of flavours!

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 (London)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Went there for the first time, for a weekend lunch. It was a birthday meal. The staff were very nice and helpful with the menu. Nice décor and good cocktails. Limited food choice for vegetarians, but what they have was good. Some of the food is extremely spicy which the staff well informed of us before ordering.Very nice restaurant !

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Amazing food, great service and really good value. Would definitely recommend and return!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Spicy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 27 July 2017

Brilliant food and service

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