Busaba Eathai: it’s one of those go-to restaurants in London that everybody seems to like and a lot of people absolutely love. Now the dozen-strong group of popular Thai eateries aims to broaden its appeal even further with a new brunch menu.
At the moment, brunch is available only at the Busaba Kingston Riverside and the recently opened Shoreditch outlet between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
I paid a visit to the Shoreditch location for a taste of the menu a couple of Sundays back where I enjoyed tucking into a mound of fisherman’s spiced rice, a kedgeree style dish of seasoned jasmine rice topped with wok-fried smoked mackerel and a soft boiled egg (£7.90), accompanied by a refreshing “Koh Samui” juice (coconut, carrot and orange, £3.30).
The brunch menu features a range of other hearty breakfast dishes like baked eggs with Asian mushrooms, chilli soy scrambled eggs, coconut porridge and “Thai hash” alongside all the regular menu items that Busaba fans have come to crave. Don’t worry – you can still get that obligatory order of calamari with ginger and green peppercorns!
There are also options such as a £25 brunch and unlimited Prosecco special (one light bite and one brunch plate with nonstop Prosecco served for two hours); the “official Busaba hangovercure (a khai luak soft boiled egg with soy and Thai spices, £9.50); and a range of cocktails including a fiercely flavoursome Busaba Bloody Mary (Kaffir lime infused vodka, Thai basil, pickled green chilli sauce topped with pickled daikon and red peppercorns, £8).
I found the brunch menu to be a yummy addition to the Busaba offering and great excuse for visiting the restaurant even earlier in the day that I might otherwise have considered. If you’re able to make it to the Kingston Riverside or Shoreditch locations on the weekend, go for it – and if you can pester the other restaurants in the group to roll out the brunch as well, by all means do!
Busaba Eathai Shoreditch is located at 36 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6HT. Find out more it, the new brunch menu and more at busaba.com.