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food is one of our faves and Climpson’s Arch in London Fields is a great little spot so when we heard about the Som Saa pop up we hot footed it down there. Having launched on 25th October, Som Saa will be open Thursday to Sunday until early 2015, with a menu of authentic lesser known dishes from Northern Thailand designed Head Chef Andy Oliver, who trained under David Thompson at Nahm in Bagkok.

We love Som Tam (papaya salad) and the one we tried here is definitely the spiciest we’ve had in London. Bangkok HOT. Northern style pork belly curry with pickled garlic, ginger and sticky rice was also de-lish, as was the deep fried whole sea bass covered in a fresh, zesty light sauce. Oh yes we do love a bit of Thai.
Asian flavours are on the cocktail list too – check out the Muay Thai Kick (gin, Thai basil, lime, sugar and basil seeds) and the Imperial Fizz (Prosecco, jasmine silver needle tea, yellow chartreuse).

Som Saa also do a weekend brunch featuring ‘Chinese Doughnuts’ which we’re looking forward to checking out. No reservations so be prepared to queue but we think it’s well worth the wait.

Arch 374, Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB