Som Saa | Spitalfields Restaurant
There are three unwritten rules to opening a great new restaurant:
And the people at Som Saa know them all.
After all, their residency at Climpson’s Arch was one of the most successful, critically acclaimed popups the city has literally ever seen. This permanent spot – which was financed by a massively popular crowdfunding campaign – is set up in a former fabric warehouse in Spitalfields.
Here’s how they’re getting it right:
1. The space looks pretty spectacular, with rustic wood, industrial cast iron, and bare brick all neatly commingling. It’s big too, with a front-and-centre stool-filled bar area making way to a spacious, moodily lit dining room in the back.
2. The food comes courtesy of a pair of chefs (one of whom was a MasterChef finalist) who learned the trade at London’s Nahm – the first Michelin starred Thai restaurant anywhere on earth – before moving onto Bangkok and New York. And it’s good.
The regularly rotating menu features a few of the favourites from the popup – like nam dtok pla thort (deep-fried seabass with Isaan herbs and roasted rice powder) – as well as all-new goodness including gaeng daeng moo yaang (a red curry of grilled pork, green banana and holy basil) and wok-fried pad char ahaan talay, with prawns, clams, and squid with lime leaves & wild ginger.
3. Drinks? Well, they’re rocking craft beers, menu-friendly wines, and cocktails with ingredients straight out of the kitchen (the Blue Lotus Fizz combines tea liqueur, prosecco, lime leaf). And to top it all off, the booze also gets its very own menu of ahaan kap klaem – literally “drinking foods” – like fried garlic, peanuts, and chilli wrapped in pickled mustard greens… which you offically have to try.
That’s a written rule.
NOTE: Som Saa is open now. It’s walk in only, however there’s a reservations line on their website for larger groups. Stay updated by following them on twitter (@somsaa_london).
ALSO NOTE: Opening hours are dinner: Monday – Sunday 6pm -10:30pm [10pm on Sun] and brunch: Saturday – Sunday 11am -2:30pm.
ALSO ALSO NOTE: Som Saa have just launched their lates, which means that on the first Saturday of every month, you can stay until 2am with cocktails, food and DJ sets. Read more HERE.
Som Saa | 43A Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BD
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