Created by the people behind the highly regarded Thai restaurant group Patara, Suda takes a more specialised approach to their native cuisine by taking its influence from Siamese ‘rice bars’, a term which aims to evoke the Thai culture of eating rice, “the bread of Thailand”, with every meal.
Located in St Martin’s Courtyard, Suda takes a contemporary approach to Thai design. The restaurant is spread over two floors, with a less formal ground floor featuring wooden tables decorated with Thai grass, rustic wooden stools and walls clad with artistic images of rice sacks. Upstairs, floor to ceiling windows allow light to flood into the restaurant and give an uninterrupted view down to Long Acre, whilst the warmer months will no doubt see visitors take advantage of the alfresco terrace.
The menu provides an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional dishes divided into sections including small plates, som tam dishes and salads, soups, noodle dishes, rice dishes and curries. Portions are modest, but so is the pricing, so it’s best to choose a selection of dishes and explore the varied styles of dishes.
Despite the extensive menu, the range of dishes we tried were impressively fresh – something that isn’t always the case when there is so much choice. Moreover, whilst not exactly the most authentic place in town, it was undeniably delicious. Perfectly grilled lamb chop with lemongrass & chilli dressing was served with Som tum salad & sticky rice (great value for £8.50); Pandan wrapped sea bass with coriander root & sesame was delicately spiced and again beautifully cooked; and the Pan grilled beef in panang curry sauce provided a punchy end to the meal.
Cuisine type: Thai
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £40
23 Slingsby Place
St. Martin’s Courtyard