Catching up over Thai

Think Thai food, and most of us tend to lean boringly close to basic red and green curries – but there is so much more to this aromatic and rich cuisine. SUDA, the casual Thai restaurant situated in St. Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden, gently reminds us of this variety with their new sharing menu.

The menu is divided roughly into three, from ‘small bites’, ‘small bowls’ to larger dishes (for those who aren’t so keen on sharing). Start off with the popular Satay Gai (marinated chicken satay skewer with peanut sauce), Moo Ping (succulent BBQ pork with a mild north-eastern Thai style dip) and Goong Sawan (king prawns in an egg noodle wrap, deep fried in a light-batter) to get the conversation and your appetite going. Or stick to one of their pre-set platters if you’re open to some experimenting. For mains, Penang Goong Yai pairs well with fresh, steamed white rice. A rich and creamy curry coats flame grilled, juicy king prawns. The standard Pad Thai was sampled too. 

The drinks menu has been revamped with authentic cocktails including a Lemongrass Bellini (fresh lemongrass with Thai ginger, lemon juice charged with prosecco), Blue Dragon Punch (vodka shaken with fresh blueberries and dragon fruit, lemon juice, sugar finished with champagne and blue curacao drop), and a Mango and Papaya Drop (vodka shaken with mango puree and fresh papaya, a hint of coriander and fresh lime leaf finished with sugar rim). We fell in love with the Pandan leaf mojitos almost immediately and kept it by our side all evening.

For dessert, we shared a big portion of Kao Niew Mamuang (sticky rice served with fresh mango) and Kao Niew I-Tim Ka-Ti ( sticky rice and homemade coconut ice cream with toasted coconut and other condiments). The verdict? Sharing does not always mean you need to go back with half empty stomachs. We were definitely happy bellied. | 23 Slingsby Place,
 St Martin’s Courtyard
London WC2E 9AB | T: @SUDAThai | FB: SUDA Thai Cafe

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