Oysters, some love them, some won’t even get near them and some have never tried them.
I love oysters, especially those large platters that the serve in Parisian brasseries with your choice of different species, shapes and sizes.
Oysters with Thai flavouring are a whole different way of enjoying fresh oysters. Instead of the usual lemon, tabasco or shallot vinaigrette, instead you add a few slices of lemongrass, some crispy shallots and a thai vinaigrette. It is delicious and complements rather than overwhelm the taste of the oysters.
This is what we had for starters at a recent meal at Suda Thai. These were Maldon Rock Oysters and were fresh, plump and succulent.We shared a plate, 3 each, could have had quite a few more but there was more food to come.
We then had a couple of the other starters that our server recommended, the guay-teow Luisan (their signature SUDA fresh rice wrap with braised duck and Thai herbs) and the delightfully named Pratad Pu Cha (Suda crab and chicken fire cracker).
Suda Thai is the more casual outlet of the Pattara family of Thai Restaurants. They are staffed by Thai Chefs and use authentic Thai ingredients for the items on their menu, resulting in authenticly flavoured Thai food.
At this point, I should mention their extensive cocktail list. We tried a couple of fruity, icy drinks while waiting for the next course.
For mains, we had some crispy sea bass, lightly battered and deep fried, served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. I was expecting a whole fish and not in pieces and the sauce was quite sweet.
We also had some Roast Duck Red Curry, coconut milk based curry with tender pieces of duck and hidden in there are a few lychees and grapes. To balance the meal, we had a plate of stir friend morning glory or as their menu calls it, Chinese water spinach stems. We had these mains with a bowl of red rice.
The portions were very generous and we couldn’t manage pudding. On a previous visit, we did have the banana fritters which are highly recommended.
Suda Thai has a prime position in the newish St Martin’s Courtyard, set back from Floral Street. It is a street with some boutiques and other eateries like Jamie’s Italian and Italian Wine Bar Dalla Terra. The main restaurant is on the first floor and has a wall of windows overlooking the courtyard. It’s a great place to people watch.
Repeating my previous review, I like the food here as it is authentic and standards have been maintained even after a long break between visits. The menu has variety and not just the more common Thai dishes that some other places offer. Prices are moderate and you can get a simple lunch for less than £10 and a more complete meal for about £20. One of the better casual places to eat in Covent Garden.
SUDA Thai Cafe Restaurant
St Martin’s Courtyard
off Upper St. Martin’s Lane
London WC2E 9AB
Tel: 020 7240 8010
Slow Food Kitchen was a guest at Suda Thai.