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Thai mini-chain Busaba Eathai have opened up a brand new branch in the heart of Covent Garden. For the uninitiated, Busaba is an informal  place to eat where such staid notions as separate courses and tables-for-two are eschewed.

Tables here seat 12, so in the Eastern canteen style popularised by Wagamamas, your table is shared by other punters. Great if you get to sit near a good bunch who keep themselves to themselves, not so great if you’re unlucky enough to sit near a drunk tosser (happened to us in the Soho branch). Also in the spirit of sharing all food arrives at once instead of starters and main course but you can not (unless offered) share your neighbours.

The menu and staff both encourage the sharing of your own groups food so as to sample as many flavours as possible. We opted for the salt and pepper fried chicken with coconut rice and roast duck with pak choi as our principal dishes. The chicken was slightly dry, OK for our personal tastes but perhaps more generosity with the chilli jam is needed. The duck was tender and rich and full of flavour. On the side we also tried Thai calimari which was perfectly spiced and came in a huge portion; and breaded butterfly king prawns.

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Prices are very reasonable and the service is lightning quick, making this the perfect place to meet with with friends after work or perhaps before a theatre show. Reservations are not essential, so get down there now!

Busaba Eathai’s new branch is at 44 Floral Street, for a full list of locations please visit