On the site of the now deceased Thai Bistro, Budsara is owned by a family that used to run a local Thai supermarket. Gone are the canteen benches in favour of simple but tasteful modern decor, the furniture all imported from Thailand. The menu is much simpler than the Thai Bistro, and one chef has been retained, so there is an element of continuity.
Below are notes from my most recent meal.
Fish cakes were poor, greasy and stringy in texture (8/20). Som tam salad was also disappointing, with the shredded papaya tasting none too fresh; it had a decent chilli kick and correctly cooked prawns, but this was a shadow of the som tam that used to be served here in its previous incarnation (10/20). Pad Thai was acceptable (11/20), as was a prawn curry, and here again the prawns were at least properly cooked (11/20). Sea bass with tamarind was deep-fried with no attempt to remove the bones or skin prior to frying (10/20). Service was friendly, though quite why a hot starter came out minutes before a salad is a mystery.
Further reviews: 01st Jun 2007