som saa

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£26 to £40
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Thai
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.
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vipRosemarieL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Som saa is always my favorite restaurant to go to, food is amazing!

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vipDriptoS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian salads are exceptional. Mind blowing stuff. Must try and this is coming from a hardcore carnivore like myself.

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MarkW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For me, currently the best offering of Southeast Asian flavour in London - by a stretch. It took me straight back to the exquisite tastes of Bangkok's very best.

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vipLeanneT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, the food is the most authentic i have eaten outside of Thailand. They have everything right at Som Saa, i have never had a bad meal, the service is always great, it has a nice atmosphere and they do good cocktails too.

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RodO
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food truly excellent. Reasonable prices. Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was very very good. I’d definitely go back and recommend to friends. My only criticism would be that the prices are unnecessarily steep.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've ever had. Came here for a birthday meal, with my girlfriend who is Thai - so she is very difficult to impress with her home cuisine. Every dish we ordered was incredible and portions were plenty (we had come one time before and the portions seemed quite a bit smaller), so I dont know if we got special treatment for the occasion, got lucky, or they improved their experience. Our waiter Pedro was also fantastic, personable and attentive - we asked him to cancel a dish because we were too full slightly late, and he did it no problem. Then when that dish arrived anyway, the manager kept it off the bill but allowed us to keep it! They also brought the dessert with a candle in it as per my request when I made the reservation (I didnt need to remind them).

All in all, definitely the best meal we've had in London, and made a special occasion even more memorable so thanks to Som Saa!

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vipSupper
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It didn’t live up to the hype

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Veester
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had the set menu for the table, which gave us a great variety of really tasty dishes - and plenty of them. Allergies catered for.

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vipWinL
London
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Loved the fried sea bass from Som Saa! Service was very attentive, would definitely go back and try out other dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Thai food I have ever eaten! Everything was just perfect...the scent of Thailand when you walk in, the mod yet old decor, the lip smacking food. I started taking pics of my food but then I got to engrossed with the taste explosion in my mouth I forgot to take pics of everything. I highly recommend the tasting menu! I can’t wait to go back

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foodiefan
London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent dishes, not enough room on the table for all that we ordered. Service was a bit slow and forgetful but the food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Beware that most dishes are very spicy.

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Jeffrey
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food overpriced, not actually typical Thai food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing however our waitress was overly insistent and wouldn’t let us order what we had intended as it would affect our ‘experience’ of the food, but did not offer helpful suggestions otherwise. They also did not have a record of our booking, despite having received a confirmation. Overall it made the visit less pleasurable. Would recommend just for the food albeit on the pricier side.

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yauyau17
London
11 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thai food with dishes not found at other London Thai restaurants. Great cocktails and dessert as well. Prices are reasonable for the authenticity of ingredients and service was attentive. Highlights include the trout curry, grilled prawns, fried sea bass as well as the lovely palm sugar ice cream with caramelised banana!

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Foodie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Truly excellent Thai food with authentic flavours and spices. The only suggestion would be to have more vegetarian dishes if possible.

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Graduation
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family night out. I have eaten here several times and always love the quality and freshness of the produce. Will definitely return.

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Pia2018
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seasonal menu with authentic flavours. Service is always impeccable, friendly and warm

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ChristineY
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here!

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vipRosemarieL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, I enjoyed the meal! I’ll definitely be back here for the nahm dtok pla thort - the whole deep fried seabass was just outstanding!!

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GarryW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Slow service, lack of starters with average food choices..trendy beer choices represent poor value. Not enough staff.

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SarwarK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Thai food was great. Creative without compromising authenticity. Flavours were excellent as was the decor and ambience. Will be returning and would highly recommend.

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Annon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Just very upset the Som Tam has disappeared from the dinner menu!

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Jessicacacaca
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve wanted to go to Som Saa for ages and it did not disappoint! Absolutely delicious flavours and fab cocktails. Only negative I can say was that we didn’t have room to manage a dessert!

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marek
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was astounding, perhaps the second best tofu I had in my life (only after street food in Kyoto, Japan, which is kind of hard to beat). The place is great, very cool view into the kitchen and you can actually see how your meal is made. The service was great — very friendly and patient towards our 2.5 year old ;-) Totally recommend!

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Molly07
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Som Saa! Delicious food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, very attentive without being overbearing.
We started off with cocktails recommend by the waiter and they were delicious (I had the mezcal and tequila)! All the food came out quickly, was full of flavour, very fresh and had plenty of heat (they did warn us!). Personally rate Som Saa as the best Thai I've had in London, always on point!

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vipplaidliquid
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always.

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Pablo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really varied menu. Recommend you order 4 dishes between 2. Staff very professional. Food very good. Nice drinks menu. Went for a birthday and was surprised to be given complimentary drinks at the end of the meal. Overall a really enjoyable experience. Will definetly return.

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GraceF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. Possibly one of the best Thai food my friends and I had in London. Deep-fried sea bass and pork belly curry are both musts!!

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MikeP
Austin
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was cool.. food was amazing as were cocktails.. highly rec.

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Verna
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food there, really authentic and takes me back to my time in Thailand. The only thing is that it's slightly expensive. The service was great, but a little pushy since they had people waiting for tables. So would have been better to have more time given that we were a bigger group, and groups tend to take longer. But still, would go back again for the papaya salad and the curries. The fish was also amazing, and don't miss the desserts!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Except the drinks, everything is fine.

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Lizzie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant though a tad over-priced. Why no wine under £20? I know this is London but still.....

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RareReviewer
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the set menu for two which allowed us to sample a good range of of dishes som Saa had to offer. The food was vibrant and fresh, and the service and ambience was good. Special note on the desserts: these were intriguing and exceptionally tasty.

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SEB63
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great place. But £3 for limitless rice was not the case. Brought out 2 rice for 4 to start with then 1 rice to share with our main. That’s very little for £12. Made u wait if u asked for more. So very miss leading. That’s 3 bowls for £12? Shame.

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DonnaM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious, it took me back to our time in Bangkok.

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GraemeM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food - our favourite was the belly pork curry just delicious. Plenty of food for the heartiest of apetites!

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GeoffS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We met our son and daughter in law for a meal. They live nearby and my son walks past Som Saa everyday and is captivated by the aromas. He has always wanted to eat there.
It is extremely popular and we were lucky to book a table. The staff were great they explained that they recommended 4-6 mains between 4 to share. They asked how hot/spicy we liked it. When we had made our selection they suggested that one dish would be better slightly less spiced than usual to suit our expressed preference. The food was tasty, well prepared and served just at the right pace. We went for the fixed rice option where different rices such as sticky rice and jasmine rice are served with the appropriate main.
The service was great, the food was excellent and the price was reasonable. We would happily recommend.

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DBMaki
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything we ate was good but the deep fried sea bass and ox cheek curry were delicious.

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