Sometimes a restaurant is so hyped that by the time you FINALLY get a table, you’re over it. Not so at Som Saa.
We’d actually been putting off going for a few weeks to let the inevitable crowds die down at their new permanent home on Commercial Street but we needn’t have worried. Som Saa helpfully have a cracking cocktail list and a large bar area for you to kick back in while you wait for your table. We arrived at 6.30pm on a Friday night and only managed to sneak in two quick beers (try the Camden tank, unfiltered and in the tanks above your head) before we were shown to our cosy booth, easily accommodating 4-6 people and ideal for watching over the rest of the buzzy restaurant.
Dishes are designed to be shared so we’d recommend ordering a couple more dishes then there are people (if you can be that restrained).
The food served at Som Saa is hands down the best Thai the capital has to offer. We were transported to our backpacking days, taste buds exploding with the unapologetically authentic play on the key Thai elements – sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy.
The absolute stand out dish for us had to be the whole seabass – served deep fried and covered in isaan herbs, the meat just falls straight off the bone. Order two.
If Thai food for you means curry – look no further than the Burmese with garlic pork belly or the Panang with salted beef cheek and Thai basil, roll up a ball of sticky rice and dunk away.
Save some room for one of our favourite desserts of the year. A big scoop of palm sugar ice cream melts over grilled banana to create something utterly sexy.
Be a good person and vacate your booth after this – head back to the bar and order a cup of Dragon’s Milk. Grown up, creamy, salty, sweet – somewhere between a dessert, a pina colada and an espresso martini – we defy you to only have one.
We also hear it on the grapevine that Brunch is coming soon – we can’t wait to see the menu!