With the crazy traffic and harassed pedestrians safely behind you on the Fulham Road, you enter the calming sanctuary of Budsara, greeted by an array of smiles. Aesthetically pleasing and deceptively spacious, soft white walls overlook smart wooden tables.
The Bistro was opened following the success of its sister restaurant in Chiswick, and recently celebrated its 2nd birthday. Seating up to 70, including a separate function room ideal for birthday parties, Budsara is a golden find, with an army of loyal customers coming back time and again. In fact, spurred on by its success, Thai restaurants are popping up everywhere nearby.
That said, once you’ve demolished a shredded duck and shiitake mushroom roll at Budsara, no other outfit stands a chance. Fabulous food combined with attentive, thoughtful staff, the restaurant is a winning combination. When asked the key to their success, manager Jane Lorthong replied, ‘Providing good, authentic Thai food at reasonable prices.’ Indeed, if you are looking for value for money and an authentic Thai experience, this is the place!
Influenced by recipes from Bangkok, the dishes all have an exciting twist. The ‘Phad Kra Chai’ for example – is stir-fried sirloin of Lamb marinated in a traditional Thai spicy chilli sauce paired with “lesser ginger” culminating in a delicious oxymoronic hot, cold experience. Or the ‘Goong Chu-Chee’ – deep-fried jumbo king prawns submerged in a rich, red coconut sauce then topped with fragrant kaffir lime leaves. The result is a sensational symphony of spice, cream and citrus pulsating through the palate. With its twists, tangs and textures, Budsara sets the benchmark for Thai food; it’s simple, satisfying and bursting with exotic flavours.
Repeatedly overdone, underdone or bland, scallops are often a disappointment; however at Budsara, this is certainly not the case. Resting on a bed of wilted spinach, sprinkled with crispy shallot; do not be misguided by its small, delicate and somewhat innocent appearance, this scallop is a delicate vessel about to explode with imbibed flavours. Chilli heat to the taste buds juxtaposed with creamy coconut and cut through by bitter lime juice lubricates the moist scallop as it melts in your mouth, in what can only be described as a culinary orgasm.
616 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5RP