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we heard about Suda Thai opening we were over the freaking moon. Som Tam (Papaya salad) is one of our favourite dishes and this joint has their very own papaya salad bar. The restaurant is located in Covent Garden just a short walk from the tube and looks fairly flash inside.

We dived straight into the papaya salad which we had as a starter along with the prawn and chicken lollipops. As far as papaya salads go this was definitely was one of the better ones we’ve eaten, a huge amount of crunchy, tangy papaya covered in a hot and sour sauce.

The only grumble we had was the lack of cherry tomatoes (we counted just two) and dried shrimp. The prawn and chicken lollipops were deep fried parcels of chicken and prawns on a stick, non-greasy and no complaints from us.

For mains we went for the good old Pad Thai with prawns and the lamb chops served with sticky rice and papaya salad on the side. The pad thai was an authentic dish, a generous portion of fried noodles served with the usual fresh chillies and fish sauce. The lamb chops were tender, juicy chops full of flavour and the texture of the crunchy papaya really complimented the meat.

We would go back to Suda Thai, the food was good and its not badly priced either but the service needs a little work and we never did get to see that Som Tam bar, although we never ventured upstairs so perhaps it was hiding there!

23 Slingsby Place, St Martin’s Courtyard, WC2E