Busaba Eathai has just opened its twelfth site at The O2 but whereas some venues choose a D-list celebrity to do the honours, these guys do things a little differently. Yes Alan Yau’s new resto celebrated its opening with a traditional Thai ceremony whereby the space was blessed by five monks!
If you’re into word derivation, Busaba is a Thai flower, and Eathai is a fusion of the words ‘eat’ and ‘Thai’. It’s also based on traditional Buddhist values and the concept of sookjai – about avoiding the everyday chaos that distracts you.
Otherwise, all you need to know is that it serves delicious Thai food not a million miles from Yau’s more formal dining establishments but at bargain prices. The new site features 182 covers, a heated Thai-style terrace, spiral staircase, mezzanine, private dining room for traditional communal meals and there’s also a new set lunch menu courtesy of Executive Chef Jude Sangsida Called the ‘Sanuk’ menu (meaning ‘to enjoy’ in Thai), it includes a selection of his signature dishes such as Pad Thai, Ginger beef, Thai calamari and Chicken satay.
The first branch of Busaba opened on Soho’s Wardour Street in 1999 and 15 years on, that and the rest of the group still see serious queues at busy times for fans of its freshly prepared stir–fries, noodles, soups and curries. O2 gigs just got tastier!