Som Saa: Boo Yaa
Holy smokes, Som Saa has come a long way since its pop up days in Peckham. You won't get a whiff of BYOB of Pad Thai here, no sir. Don't get me wrong, I love Kao Sarn on St John's Hill any day of the week, but Som Saa is grown up Thai fodder with no attitude attached, just seriously good vibes.
Ex-Nahm Head Chef Andy Oliver brings the goods and Londoners have been filling their boots since it opened earlier this year. Having read the reviews and heard about the queues, I expected a poky light deprived place but it's all warehousy and spacious. The bar team knock out spicy cocktails from a fabulous little list. Muay Thai Kick is all gin and basil vibes and Katoey's Kiss gives me a salty peck on the cheek. Hello chilli and lime leaf tequila!
Fortunately, it's not a massive menu. If it was any bigger I reckon I'd still be there chowing down. Intrigued to see Som Saa's style, we order old favourites. Green papaya and pork peanutty salads come with an abundance of herbs serious balls. Banging! Grilled chicken leg less so but improves when dipped into the veggie curry. Whole deep fried sea bass with all the herbs is hands down King of the dishes. It's got it all going on; theatre, drama, flavour, spice, herbs. Tick, tick, boom.
Endearing to the 'nth degree, I'm not surprised Som Saa smashed its crowdfunding campaign in three days, and it's won my heart too for good measure.
Five Very Kerri Things about Som Saa
- Sexy little booths
- Beaut bar for a sharpener if you've got to wait
- All the herbs and spices in the land
- That seabass