SUDA THAI CAFE RESTAURANT - REVIEW - 24TH APRIL 2012
I am a big fan of thai food but don’t know of many great ones in London so when I was invited to go to Suda Thai Cafe Restaurant in Covent Garden, I was really pleased and excited to try it out.
It is situated near to Jamie’s Italian and Bill’s in St Martin’s Courtyard off Upper St Martin’s Lane. I love this area of Covent Garden as it has a slight European feel to it with a lovely little courtyard right in the centre of London but with a vibe to it that you have found something secret and your own corner of quiet bliss in the capital.
Inside, Suda is very contemporary with stylish decor and is darkly lit with little candlelit tables and it is pleasantly intimate. We sat downstairs but there was also a bigger upstairs area with a large bar in the middle.
My diner and I decided to try a couple of cocktails to begin with and all of them sounded unusual and delicious from Lemongrass Bellini’s to Blue Dragon Punches. I decided to try the Thai Pimm’s and my friend went for the Champagne Mojito. The Pimm’s was similar to a normal Pimm’s but had a zingy citrus taste from the lemongrass and was very refreshing. The Champagne Mojito was a perfect mojito and had an extra sweetness from the champagne.
Suda has quite a vast menu and as a thai food lover, it was difficult to decide what to eat. So I went for the easy option and ordered two of my favourites - Chicken Satay and Chicken Massaman Curry with Coconut Rice. The Satay Gai came with an ample amount of chicken on wooden skewers with a tasty satay sauce and was very good. The Gaeng Massaman Gai came with tender, thick chunks of chicken thigh, soft plump potatoes, large whole shallots and crunchy peanuts in a wonderful thick salty and sweet curry sauce and was complimented well by the Coconut Rice. On the menu it says that Massaman curry is rated the World’s most delicious food. I know that I rate it very highly in the delicious food stakes but that is something I definitely didn’t know before!
My companion ordered the Pla Muek Tod Prig Klue, a thai style calamari with sweet chilli dipping sauce, and the Gaeng Phed Ped Yang, which was roast duck in red curry sauce, with a side of brown rice. The duck came in a great sauce that was very flavoursome with a spicy kick at the end and we were glad we had a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio to sooth our mouths with! The calamari was coated in a light and crispy tempura batter and was of a perfect size and cooked well.
Suda has a really nice feel to it and when we were there it had a mixture of couples and tables of friends but didn’t ever feel too noisy or packed. For it’s location right in the main hub of Covent Garden, the prices are reasonable with a main setting you back around £9 and a starter about £5. Service is good and we didn’t feel rushed at all and all the staff in the restaurant are thai which gave the place a feel of a family run business.
With Suda, I think I have definitely found a thai restaurant in London that I will visiting again.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of Suda.
Suda Thai Cafe Restaurant, St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9AB