Som Saa Date Night
Becoming a parent often means foregoing some of the more exotic cuisines for those more palatable to tender young tongues. So when it’s time for a date night, a little something spicy can be as welcome as the extra time with your main squeeze. This is why Som Saa in Spitalfields is the perfect place to escape for an amazing Thai feast for two.
Thai food is by far one of the most intriguing and delicious cuisines on the global menu. Thai’s take their food very seriously. When you see a friend, they might ask you if you have eaten already before asking how you are.
Thai food is not really meant to be ordered as single dishes in a sequence but as many put together. The skilful chef must find a balance of 5 main tastes that create a harmony of flavour; Sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot.
Som Saa’s set menu is a slightly westernised version of how a Thai feast would be laid out while the flavours remain very authentic. The seven dishes came presented in courses but still cleverly combined, some paired with perfect partners.
The grilled chicken skewers, Gae Galae, served with pomelo and Cornish crab salad, Yum Som-o, came fresh off the plane from Bangkok like an old friend. The heat of the salad kicked sharply through the fine balance of refreshing, sweet and sour flavours. The umami chicken and sticky rice giving comfort to a tongue on fire. Just the right level of heat for parents whose chilli tolerance might have slipped down a notch.
The set menu comes with a choice of curry but not your bog-standard green curry, red curry and panang. The choices are far more imaginative and although we did long for a slightly less fiery venison, gaeng phet pak, the mu parlow or five spice soy braised pork was delicious; its sweet broth cut by the sharp sour taste of pickled mustard greens.
The staff were friendly and attentive and even noticed when the spice was a little too much (thought I was concealing it quite well…) and brought over a palate cooling blue tea.
Everything paired very well with an off dry yet still fruity Riesling, Fritz Willi. At £35 per person the set menu was a great introduction to Som Saa, a restaurant most deserving of its buzzing crowd.
Lunch Tues-Sat 12-2:30pm (3pm Sat)