We were very excited to hear that one of our favourite eateries was opening on Eastcastle Street a stones throw away from Oxford Street’s bustling high street. What a great way to shop till we drop and then stuff our faces with some amazing Thai food. Being the foodies we are and wanting to find out if this Busaba would meet up to our expectations, we hotfooted it down to feast and experience the newest edition to Oxford Street.
Let’s start with the décor, when we walked in we were struck by the unusually quirky wall art around the restaurant. It wasn’t Busaba business as usual! We later were told that this Busaba reflects modern urban life in Bangkok and that the wall art was part of an amazing collaboration with two of Bangkok’s most recognizable street artists, Alex Face and Rukkit. Make sure when you visit you take a moment to admire the walls and the menus (the toilets are amazing!!).
Onto the food! For our starters we tried a combination of the Thai Calamari a Busaba specialty. The Thai Calamari is covered in a ginger and green peppercorn batter and moreish is not even the word. My friend literally was squirreling her Calamari away at the edge of her plate waiting for it to be the last thing she ate, because she loved it so much. We also had the Chicken Satay, one thing I love about the Chicken Satay at Busaba is that you will not be disappointed with the chicken; it is moist and full of flavor so much so you can eat it alone or with the peanut sauce.
For my main, I was recommended the Songkhla beef a slow-cooked beef red curry with cherry tomatoes and banana peppers alongside coconut rice. If you do not like spicy food I would recommend that you ask them to reduce the peppers in your food. I love spicy food so for me the combination was amazing! The beef was melt in your mouth and the richness of the curry accompanied by the sweetness of the rice was the perfect combination. I also tried it with the Thai roti, which I have renamed flaky pillows of yumminess.
Unfortunately this Busaba does not do desserts but after eating your meal I promise you will be too full to realize. But we do recommend trying the Thai teas to clear your pallet and warm up your insides.
Currently Busaba have a seasonal specials menu, which consists of a small plate, main with unlimited fries or rice for £19.90 if that is not the best way of saying Merry Christmas I don’t know what else is.
Just a reminder that Thai foodie fans can take advantage of Busaba’s free loyalty app and ‘Path to Enlightenment’ programme, with every visit being a step closer towards exclusive treats, VIP experiences and complimentary dishes. The app also allows and rewards guests for paying the bill automatically at the table, splitting the cost between friends where needed, so there’s no more waiting around after a meal. A ‘click and collect’ service is also now available via the Busaba website, offering flexible dining for those on the go.
So what are you waiting for? Go and fill your boots!
52-53 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8ED