Hot new London restaurant openings: May

Som Saa


One of the most hotly anticipated openings of the year ­­– Som Saa – has finally opened in an old fabric warehouse on Commercial Street in Spitalfields. Running the show is head chef Andy Oliver, who made a stonking success of his street food residency at Climpson’s Arch last year. With the help of Mark Dobbie and Tom George, Oliver serves lip-smacking Thai street food and regional Thai dishes made with British seasonal produce.

Focusing on the Isaan region in the north and northeast, among the delights on offer are grilled pork red curry, green banana and basil; stir fried prawns, clams and squid with lime leaves, peppercorns and wild ginger; palm sugar, fried garlic, peanuts and chilli wrapped in pickled mustard greens; and divisive fruit durian topped with sweet and salty coconut cream for dessert. Libations have a Thai twist, such as the Krahang Old Fashioned featuring sandalwood, smoked Buffalo Trace Bourbon and mandarin peel.

Som Saa, 43A Commercial Street, London E1 6BD

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