Suda Thai, Covent Garden (London)
SUDA Thai is a modern Thai restaurant which offers a selection of dishes. Anything from street food to contemporary quality Thai dishes with a twist. Their main focus is rice with a menu which includes a vast selection of seafood rice dishes and fresh curries. Our visit to the Covent Garden branch left us wanting more of the same…
We visited on a Wednesday evening and on this particular night the restaurant was not very busy at all – this may have been due to the sheer size of the place, there are two large seating areas both up and downstairs – either way, we had our choice of places to sit which was great. The style of the place is very minimalist with accents of Thai influence here and there. The décor although tastefully done was a little too stark for us, but ideal for a working lunch.
The service was very good – both manager and waiters were very attentive. Ok, yes they knew we were there to review the restaurant, however the other diners also seemed pretty happy and well attended to. Our waitress kept us entertained with descriptions of the food she recommended and her insistence that we try the jasmine rice!
With so much open and uncluttered space, the minimalist design of Suda Thai (Covent Garden) makes for quite an accessible space. Level floors, wide walkways, seating both upstairs and downstairs, attentive waiters and clean toilets made for an easy, stress free evening. The over-table lighting was also very good, maybe even a little too good! A bulb had gone out over our table and the staff were very keen to change this for us, we declined as it was actually quite nice to have a bit of what we called ‘chill out lighting’ in such a well lit space.
Overall the food was tasty, with good portion sizes and nice presentation. The menu is colossal so all needs are catered for…even the veggies. My starter of crab and prawn lollipops was delicious with the sweet chilli dip, but would have been very bland without. Saying this, the choo-chee pla (a sizzling sea bass in kaffir lime leave red curry sauce) was heavenly and with jasmine rice it left me reeling with the combination of flavours. The cocktails are worth a mention too; our favourites were the Thai Sunrise and the Suda Passion – both were equally as delicious! Dessert of gluay hom tod (golden banana fritters with honey and seasame served with vanilla ice cream) was a tad too sweet and sickly for my liking.
Overall an enjoyable experience. 30/40