21 Slingsby Place, St Martins Court, London, England, WC2E 9AB, United Kingdom

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Suda Thai opened in the summer of 2011, and is a casual Thai café format from the owners of the upmarket Patara chain. Situated in a modern development in between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, Suda is a two storey building seating up to 150 diners at a time. There are no tablecloths, and the lengthy menus appear as laminated cards. There was a short wine list, with wines such as Faultline Sauvignon Blanc at £31.50 for a wine that retails at around £8.40, but beer is the natural accompaniment to Thai food.

Som tam (£6.50) had shredded papaya with nice texture, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a pleasantly spicy chilli dressing (12/20). Fried squid were not chewy, and the batter was crisp (13/20). Sea bass in a red curry sauce (£10.50) had fish that was cooked through properly though it was farmed fish with little flavour; however the red curry sauce had a nice balance of spices (12/20). Pad Thai noodles (£9.50) had quite good texture, the prawns cooked properly (13/20). Bak choy (£5.50) stir-fried with oyster sauce (12/20). Egg fried rice (£2.75) was fine.

Service was reasonably efficient, though when I ordered the waiter asked what number item it was rather than recognising its name. However this is a café rather than a smart restaurant. The bill came to £39 a head including beer. This seemed to me acceptable for what was a quite capable meal. Suda is evidently aimed at the Busaba Eatthai market, and seemed to me pretty successful, less precious than Busaba, with competent Thai food.

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  • Robert

    Two of us had an agreeable experience at lunch today. Seated upstairs with a window seat we looked down at the pedestrian thoroughfare below and found it hard to believe we were in the middle of a big city. My companion needs to eat gluten-free, and a knowledgeable manager appeared to steer her towards suitable dishes. This was not an elaborate dining experience but everything was nicely done with tasty food obviously using good ingredients and appropriate to Andy's score of 2/10.