East London is definitely becoming a very cool destination for Londoners and tourists alike. Over the last 20 and something years, East London has developed into a haven of incredible restaurants, cafés and great shopping. One great street is Commercial Street, which connects with Spitalfields Market and stretches from Aldgate up to Shoreditch and has some truly great restaurants and bars on it. One of the latest additions is Som Saa: an incredible Thai place, which I so happened to finally get a table at last week.
Located in a former fabric warehouse, Som Saa serves some pretty incredible Thai food. Starting off as only a pop up in another East London location, the success was so big that it became a permanent restaurant on Commercial Street. Getting a table can be difficult, as they only take reservations for lunch, or if you’re a big group. So be prepared to show up earlier than desired or for a long wait in their bar, before indulging in some mind blowing cuisine.
The concept of the restaurant is all sharing dishes. When I went I had great dishes like squid, goat curry and fried sea bass. Although beware: the sea bass is served whole. I mean head and everything. It is definitely a place for someone who likes to be adventurous with their food.
The staff is fantastic, giving off that cool East London vibe. Being a big wine person, I stuck to my fermented grape juice as they have a great selection of well priced wines that can cater to any type of customer. Additionally, they also have a very interesting list of cocktails. They’re all old classics, with interesting twists and hints of Thai influences.
Address: 43A Commercial St, London E1 6BD
When: If you don’t mind an early table, show up at 17:30 as they only start serving dinner at 18:00. Enjoy a drink in the bar and they’ll put you on the list for when the restaurant opens. If not, make a booking for lunch or a big group and go enjoy some delicious spiciness!
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