som saa

4.6
369 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Thai
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Tuesday - Saturday: 12 - 230 (3 on Sat)

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

Closed Sunday
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Phone number
020 7324 7790
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mark Dobbie & Andy Oliver
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Public Transit
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
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

Som Saa was once a pop up in London Fields, and is now a full blown restaurant near Spitalfields that’s become a new London Thai classic.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 369 People Are Saying
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GW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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

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SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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p
London
22 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, as always.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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MP
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Except the drinks, everything is fine.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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SE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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DM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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GM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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W
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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V
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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K
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a a great meal at the restaurants with friends. the food is really good but rather small portions.

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j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, greeting and service were friendly, efficient, and unfussy. It was a busy luncheon service but we were offered water and drinks immediately on sitting down; we asked to move to another table and were accommodated graciously without a blink; after ordering, the the food arrived quite quickly and was of the usual high standard - moist and tasty tamarind chicken legs; rich and unctuous slow-cooked pork belly; perfect jasmine rice; and a crisp and tangy salad. We enjoyed ourselves immensely - thank you.
GJHC

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B
London
23 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

If you’re looking for a Red or Green Curry or Phad Thai noodles you’re in the wrong place. In actual fact there was no evidence at all of the usual thai food you might be expecting or noodles for that matter. The food is a little more authentic.
So what did we have? Well Som Saa is all about sharing and the recommend 2-3 dishes each. So we had 2 king prawns, 2 smashed chicken, Lamb, pork belly and 2 whole sea bass. 2 lots of sticky rice. So for 4 of use with 1 bottle of wine and a cocktail it was 200GBP.
The lamb and pork were very fatty. We left most of it. The sea bass was very good indeed and was the highlight of the meal. Prawns were ok and chicken was ok as well. We had the steamed vegetables (also very good). To finish off we had 2 desserts and those 2 were pretty good.
I have 1 more point to make about the bill. I was charged for 4 bottles of water when we had 2 and we ordered 4 lots of sticky rice but got 2 as mentioned.
Overall the meal would have been fair at 100 for 4. As i said the pork and lamb quality was bad and chicken and prawns were simply ok. For 200 though you need to be better than this. It was an experience that was a little different to most Thai places but it was definitely not good enough to have me come back. At this price there’s far better to be had out there.

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I
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Greeting was good, table was ready on time but we waited over an hour for all of our food and annoyingly one persons food came a good 15 minutes before everybody else’s.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal location for a quick lunch. Food was very tasty and seemed authentic. will definitely go back.

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AF
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMazing Thai food in London ... the fish is really delicious and also the papaya salad

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MI
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, If you want to try authentic Thai cuisine then this is your place. highly recommended, especially the sea bass and the veggie curry .

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PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceptional, authentic food. This was by far and away the most delicious Thai food I’ve ever had outside of Thailand!

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h
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely vibe and good food! Some delicious dishes although one not marked
as hot was inedible for my husband...I eat loads of hot food and this was a challenge for me. Maybe just a warning would be helpful on the
Mowlam menu. Had a bit of a wait at the door even though a waitress noticed us she continued laying tables
even though that restaurant area wasn’t busy.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Visited on a Sunday for 'Molem Sunday' and was disappointed to find a range of dishes were unavailable / had sold out, even the cocktail 'special' was unavailable. This at 7pm.
The waiter seemed a little arrogant in telling us many dishes were unavailable.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Does not live up to the hype. Food was good, but not extraordinarily so. Service was ok, but waitress seemed to not know a lot about the menu and had to keep asking the kitchen every time we had a question. It was a Molam Sundays special menu, but surely you should train your staff to know the special menus as well as any other?

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a really lovely restaurant!
Definitely need to order the grilled whole seabass.
I have been this restaurant few time, always will order this seabass with rice. It deep fried,you will not feel oily but the skin is crispy! With the Thai style sauce. Really nice have this in summer time!

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PE
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails were absolutely amazing! The staff were very knowledgeable. Would definitely come back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here, limited menu which I liked as it meant it didn't take us forever to choose. Best prawns ever tasted, the deep fried sea bass is a must. Not overly keen on the lamb dish but guess that's personal preference. Will be going back.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal that met all my expectations are more. Would happily return.

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k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious thai food ,good service,nice atmosphere,
creative drinks recommended!!!!

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A
London
134 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice space but a bit warm at the back in summer. A fan would be much appreciated. Great cocktails. Interesting food & flavours. Not your average Thai. Nice ambience. Recommend.

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