43A Commercial St
London, E1 6BD
Situated inside a former fabric warehouse, this industrial-chic Thai restaurant made quite a name for itself while in residence at a Hackney cafe, so it didn't come as a shock when its permanent Spitalfields outpost was immediately packed to the gills with guests clamoring for fragrant and fiery plates inspired by the northeastern provinces of Thailand. Speaking of gills, the deep-fried whole sea bass with roasted rice powder and Isaan herbs is just one example of how the menu at Som Saa goes far beyond your typical pad Thai. If you can't handle the sea bass' crispy eyes staring back at you, there are other, less lifelike options that will also shock your tastebuds, such as Kua-style red curry with pork neck and five-spice soy-braised beef cheek with a chili vinegar sauce.