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Busaba Eathai

Busaba Eathai

Thai Restaurant and Asian Restaurant££££
Hackney, London
  • The experts at Londonist and Evening Standard recommend this place
    • Londonist
    • Evening Standard
  • Mark B.
    "Awesome, Thai Calamari and the Chilli Pepper beef!"(8 Tips)
    Sultan A.
    "The Pad Thai and Green curry fried rice are always good there!"(16 Tips) Italia
    "Amazing thai food!!!! Try the green curry!"(5 Tips)
    Bart S.
    "Pandan Chicken is absolutely fantastic as a side!"(2 Tips)
130 Tips and reviews
  • calamari
  • pad Thai
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • healthy food
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  • Dan G.
    Dan GersonFebruary 19, 2013
    Ok great. Hands down best Thai on the planet. Traveling to London to eat Thai will be expensive, but worth it. Seriously, everything is so good. Calamari, amazing. Shrimp rice, boom. I'm ruined.
  • Massimo M.
    Massimo MarraOctober 9, 2015
    Food is great and tasty.. The managers are fantastic!! I just met Ahmet the General manager, Maria and Francesco the other two managers, they are so friendly and welcoming.. I'll come back 😀
  • Scoffers
    ScoffersJune 26, 2013
    Really impressed, some chains are worth visiting! Have the Pandan Chicken and the Calamari. Read our full review on Scoff London:
  • Johan B.
    Johan BasbergMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Damn I love the fried chicken they serve, not spicy but with a wonderfully zesty sauce; add brown rice for a perfectly tasty meal.
  • Mélanie H.
    Mélanie HubertNovember 12, 2014
    Get the char-grilled duck with crab&egg rice, calamari as a starter: it's absolutely awesome! And they have plenty of delicious healthy juices and virgin cocktails.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 14, 2012
    There are seven branches of Busaba now, all serving honest Thai food - try the tom yam talay, prawn, squid and baby clam with vermicelli noodle in spicy sour soup (£6.70). Read more
  • Chris J.
    Chris JAugust 4, 2016
    £15.45 for Mussaman duck curry & sticky rice takeaway!? Got about 1/2 a breast in brown gravy and the sticky rice is just a solid lump of jasmine rice with no vegetables, save 2 potato wedges. Avoid!!
  • John M.
    John MalcovichJanuary 2, 2011
    The lamb curry is great also The pad thai menu is very flavourful, very good ingredients—all with comfortable interiors and also design heads may notice Norths touch on the place
  • meimaimaggio
    meimaimaggioNovember 30, 2011
    When we visited, service was speedy but I heard it gets hectic at busier times and you may have to queue for a table. The food itself was pleasant though nothing amazing - more reliable than good.
  • Leslie Y.
    Leslie YangMay 8, 2016
    Don't let them upsell you! Our server asked us if we wanted shrimp chips in the same way an American server would ask if we want complimentary bread. She did this again and we fell for it. Not cool.
  • Jana S.
    Jana SoozFebruary 21, 2015
    Delicious! The smoked mushroom with butternut was perfect, and the coconut carrot juice is a must have. Pure bliss.
  • Mario G.
    Mario GoncalvesMarch 2, 2012
    Tried it last night for the first time and loved it. Great food, unexpected good and quick service for a fair price. Highly recommend it
  • sailorblur
    sailorblurAugust 29, 2012
    The goong tohd prawns with lime and chilli sauce are delicious if you're in for a side with a bite. Staff is friendly but slow, so be ready to wait.
  • Eleonora T.
    Eleonora TommasiApril 28, 2015
    Very good and not too expensive. Try the green curry and the Pat Thai very similar to the original one!
  • Alison R.
    Alison RocheNovember 12, 2016
    Great place for a quick and cheap bite to eat in old street! Calamari and crab pad Thai ftw!
  • Bart S.
    Bart SJuly 22, 2013
    Pandan Chicken is absolutely fantastic as a side! Delicious chicken wrapped in bamboo leafs (dont eat the leafs though!)
  • Luca A.
    Luca AbelardoAugust 7, 2014
    You do have to try Chicken Satay here, probably the best in London!
  • Stacie B.
    Stacie BrunnerNovember 12, 2013
    Chicken wings & spring rolls to start - green chicken curry for the main.. Can't go wrong - it's amazing
  • Emily-jane
    Emily-janeApril 19
    Quick service, great for midweek dinner or a quick bite with friends, really tasty Thai food that never disappoints.
  • Sultan A.
    Sultan Al-MalkiFebruary 12, 2015
    Nice food and atmosphere! The Pad Thai and Green curry fried rice are always good there!
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • Alvin R.
    Alvin RichardsAugust 24, 2013
    Calamari off the charts. Beef Red curry, flavors and spice great, needed a few more hours braising.
  • Korhan E.
    Korhan EserFebruary 2, 2015
    Ask about the spice ratio. If they tell that your choice very spicy, they really mean it.
  • Jules W.
    Jules WongMarch 6, 2015
    Crabmeat fried rice and tamarind duck was delicious washed down with the guava juice drink :-))
  • Jasmine S.
    Jasmine SalemJune 4, 2015
    Home style Thai food at reasonable prices. Excellent pad Thai and spicy Tofu starter.
  • Ana G.
    Ana GrigoroviciJuly 16, 2012
    Southern fish curry. No doubt the best thing on the menu. add some crab meat fried rice. DO IT!
  • Piyaporn O.
    Piyaporn OunpraditDecember 24, 2015
    Authentic and real curry really good.
  • Nayan T.
    Nayan ToliaMarch 28, 2013
    Pad thai jay was delicious enough to justify the hour long wait. I'll be back, at a quieter time of day
  • Maxim K.
    Maxim KazantsevFebruary 18, 2013
    Great thai food, exceptional service and very reasonable prices
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GoouchSeptember 19, 2014
    This is a great place to eat. A bit dark. But great food. Calamari rocks
  • Tommy P.
    Tommy PalmerSeptember 13, 2013
    The food is great. Specifically the Pad Thai, Calamari and Steak. Service is a bit rubbish however.
  • Lucie M.
    Lucie MarceauxNovember 26, 2012
    Fabulous noodles, good service, good atmosphere. Shoreditch Thai Not to be missed.
  • Kirby M.
    Everything is super tasty, fresh ingredients and well executed dishes. Super lovely staff too.
  • MC C.
    MC CasalAugust 9, 2014
    You seat with strangers at big tables, but the fusion food is excellent.
  • Laura
    LauraOctober 15, 2015
    Even though it's a chain, some of the best squid Ive ever had.
  • Vidhya G.
    Vidhya GholkarAugust 31, 2012
    Nice calamari, spring rolls and duck. Get in early to avoid the queue.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BaldwinSeptember 14, 2013
    Awesome, Thai Calamari and the Chilli Pepper beef! Get involved.
  • David F.
    David FDecember 25, 2015
    Use their smartphone app to order and pay and you get some nice little freebies!
  • Nicola G.
    Nicola GypsicolaJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good thai, a bit noisy place, but indeed good food quality
  • Joao Pedro N.
    Amazing food in a cosy environment! Definitely worth it a try
  • Ruth W.
    Ruth WatsonMarch 28, 2015
    Had a delivery from this place quite late last night - the flavours were nice but the chicken was very fatty and gristly. Shame.
  • Liana L.
    Liana LindenbergDecember 13, 2015
    Peppercorn calamari is THE plate here. Lovely food, overall.
  • Fry
    FrySeptember 1, 2016
    4 years ago you could get food for £7 here... Now it's almost the double
  • Olivia L.
    Olivia LandoltSeptember 3, 2012
    Tea is great, love the almond and coconut biscuits that come with it.
  • Stefania M.
    Stefania ManiFebruary 25, 2015
    Amazing Thai calamari ! Noodles are great, do recommend.
  • kelz
    kelzMay 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the cashew nut cookies you get with your tea
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 9, 2014
    Whatever your choice of main, always accompany it with the Thai Calamari. It's really good.
  • Ingrina C.
    Ingrina CarsonNovember 23, 2014
    Good for cheap eat. Spicy green mango pad thai is good.
  • Salme T.
    Salme TranApril 15, 2013
    All the soups are delicious! Nice atmosphere and value for money
  • 💎T
    💎TAugust 19, 2014
    Their pad Thai is good. A little spicy but it's tolerable.
  • Julian S.
    Julian SimsAugust 14, 2015
    Great food, especially the jungle curry, but using the app to pay is really handy
  • Maximiliano C.
    Maximiliano CunhaNovember 16, 2014
    Cool restaurant! Really spicy curry!
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoFebruary 3, 2015
    Go just before 1pm weekday as it gets very busy
  • Stevan L.
    Stevan LitobacNovember 6, 2012
    Calamari is a must. Black Pepper Beef too.
  • Diane
    DianeSeptember 29, 2012
    I couldn't stop eating the fried cod fillets. It's that good!
  • Giacomo M.
    Giacomo MasonSeptember 11
    Nice laid back thai. Prices have been increasing, so it's not really cheap anymore!
  • Thiago M.
    Thiago MaiaNovember 25, 2015
    Salt and pepper squid is the best. But last time it was different 😡
  • Sam J.
    Sam J.April 9, 2016
    Worst service, there was a mistake on our bill and a friend paid more than she should have and they didn't refund her. Quality isn't worth the price, won't come back.
  • Silvia B.
    Silvia Butta CaliceNovember 16, 2015
    Food is good but service is just terrible. They spilled our beers on us and they won't change us the table nor offer us to heat up our order. We had a 50% discount though
  • Kornelija Š.
    So yummy! My new favourite place!
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PizzutiJuly 11, 2013
    If you like spicy order the green veg curry
  • Alex G.
    Alex GonzalezSeptember 7, 2014
    Love the Sen Chan Pad Thai and the Fish Curry
  • Londonist
    LondonistMay 12, 2013
    Really delicious veggie butternut squash curry.
  • Fredrik L.
    Fredrik LindmarkJune 30, 2014
    Papaya salad and fish cake were both great!
  • Gizem Y.
    Gizem YavuzJune 14, 2012
    I don't know either why they have fried chicken on the menu or why I chose to eat that, but you shouldn't!
  • Arnau B.
    Arnau BronsomsDecember 7, 2015
    Chain restaurants are chain restaurants but here you will eat properly! Nice one
  • Little Scrapes
    Little ScrapesJuly 23, 2014
    One of the few data deserts in Hoxton - join the intermittent free wifi to check in
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CruickshankNovember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive for what it is (what with the many Asian restaurants around the corner on Kingsland Road) and the service is horrible when it gets busy.
  • Egill R.
    Egill RafnssonDecember 13, 2011
    Love it! Service and food are really good.
  • Arnaldo B.
    Arnaldo BoicoJune 7, 2011
    Try the juice called "Koh Samui" - incredible!
  • Asli E.
    Asli ErdemFebruary 27, 2015
    The calamari appetizer is great!
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliAugust 14, 2015
    The Pad Thai is most delicious
  • Dan
    DanDecember 20, 2013
    Nice spacious cubicles if your wanting a number 2.
  • Nicola P.
    Nicola PaciniMarch 2, 2014
    Free wifi :) a plus !
  • David S.
    David ScanlonOctober 1, 2012
    Wifi is free, just ask for a username/password
  • Matthieu V.
    Matthieu VaxelaireOctober 21, 2012
    Fast, good, reasonable. Love it.
  • Tobias O.
    Tobias OtteJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Always go for the calamari!
  • Carmen
    CarmenFebruary 18
    Duck, pad Thai, coconut rice
  • Marika G.
    Marika GardonovaMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Green curry - always!
  • Monica T.
    Monica TorresFebruary 27, 2015
    Amazing calamari and Pad Thai
  • CBM 
    CBM June 20, 2012
    Order the calamari! It's @rameet's favorite on the planet!
  • Jojo J.
    Jojo JamilMarch 3, 2012
    You have to try the tom yum talay!
  • Lucia
    LuciaAugust 12, 2013
    Food's good if they've got what u want, a few things we asked 4were unavailable, there is zero flexibility if an ingredient is unwanted or unavailable & the manager was extremely rude when questioned!
  • Matthias G.
    Matthias GrayFebruary 24, 2014
    Disappointing. Boring, toned down food. Hardly authentic Thai. Average service and quite pricy for what you get. Ignore, there are better options in the area.
  • Denis V.
    Denis VJuly 27, 2013
    Pand dang chicken and crab meat fried rice.
  • Clinton S.
    Clinton SweetOctober 29, 2014
    Very overpriced Thai. Do yourself a favour and cook it at home. Thai's don't even use chopsticks so not sure why they were on the table
  • kelz
    kelzMay 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Thai calamari and chicken wings
  • Henrik O.
    Henrik OscarssonMay 14, 2015
    Tom kha chicken!
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GordonOctober 6, 2013
    This place is surrounded by better restaurants. Eat at one of them instead.
  • Lopiteaux
    LopiteauxAugust 14, 2015
    Great pad thai and squid
  • Cary V.
    Cary VidalAugust 24
    Thai calamari is the best.
  • Ugo
    UgoJune 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Thai Calamari. The thing
  • Alica K.
    Alica K.October 19, 2011
    Try to avoid busy hours. Long wait for everything. Food is nothing special, but at least edible. Shoreditch is best for. Vietnamese, not Thai.
  • Clinton S.
    Clinton SweetOctober 29, 2014
    Overpriced Thai. Do yourself a favour and cook it at home. Thai's don't even use chopsticks so not sure what they were doing on the table
  • Italia ItaliaAugust 4, 2011
    Amazing thai food!!!! Try the green curry!
  • Giuseppe C.
    Giuseppe CapizziJuly 25, 2016
    Pad Thai, Thai calamari
  • Tania V.
    Tania VApril 20, 2013
    Try YumYum in stock newington So much better!
  • Hervé
    HervéSeptember 21, 2014
    Excellent thai curry.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HarkerJuly 29, 2016
    Seriously. The squid. Try it. You'll demand seconds.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BurzynskiAugust 22, 2011
    The calamari was like eating the sole of a shoe.
  • George T.
    George TheoJanuary 25, 2014
    Excellent Duck
  • MARCO A. C.
    Comida Thai buenisima, en todos los sentidos! Personal amable y mesas gigantes en las q compartir buenos ratos!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchwedeJanuary 17, 2014
    Steht ihr auf langweiliges Curry mit Hünchen minderer Qualität und versalzenen Papaya Salat? Dann unbedingt vorbeischauen. Aber vielleicht steht ihr ja schon vorher auf, da keine Bedienung kommt.
  • Марина Б.
    Вкусная кухня, демократичные цены
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