som saa

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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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

OT
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!

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It didn’t live up to the hype

V
London
10 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.

WL
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!

OT
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

f
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!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Beware that most dishes are very spicy.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food overpriced, not actually typical Thai food.

OT
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.

y
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!

F
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.

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CY
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here!

RL
London
4 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!!

GW
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.

SK
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.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
New York Area
7 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!

m
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!

M
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!

p
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always.

P
London
1 review
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.

GF
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!!

MP
Austin
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

V
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!!!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Except the drinks, everything is fine.

L
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.....

RR
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.

SE
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.

DM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

GM
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!

GS
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.

DB
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always impressive with an ever changing menu that doesn’t disappoint. The most authentic Thai restaurant I’ve found in London, and the most modern at the same time. We had grilled shrimps, pork belly curry and vegetarian soup with rice and loved everything. Drinks are also amazing, including the classic Thai iced tea.

g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The most interesting Thai food I've had outside of Thailand and a really great atmosphere. Not the cheapest, but still very much worth it.

W
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapoint. Good quality food, fun staff with great drinks

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

absolutely delicious - so original and different from your run of the mill Thai...loved it and highly recommend

V
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, tasty authentic Thai food, good service. Palm suger ice cream a taste sensation! Well worth checking out.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

When our party of 5 arrived the hostess told us she only had a table for 4, and - instead of finding a solution - fabricated a story about us having changed our reservation from 5 to 4 when confirming the reservation on the phone in an attempt to cover up her mistake. It was cringingly unprofessional. Otherwise, the place is lovely, and the other staff members were up to par. However, don't expect to see any dishes on the menu that you'd typically find at a Thai restaurant.