If you want to go to Som Saa, you’ll need to be prepared to wait. Unless you can muster up the required group of Thai-food-loving friends needed to make a reservation, it’s walk-ins all the way. But big or small, your party will love the food here. And the wait isn’t even that bad. That’s not to say you’ll love gazing at the other patrons enjoying their food while you wait for a table, but the bar’s great – it serves snacks and cocktails that’ll be sure to wake up your appetite. If the amazing smells wafting from the kitchen hadn’t already done that, of course.
It’s definitely worth bringing a group to Som Saa though. Not only is the space buzzy week-round, but it’s got a trendy aesthetic – think: buffed wooden floors and exposed brick, drop lights and metal accents – that manages to avoid being cookie-cutter. And the food at Som Saa, in true Thai fashion (as they explain on the menu) is meant to be shared. So bring some people who don’t mind you shamelessly taking more than your share of the dishes, and you’ll be fine.
Speaking of the food: you’ll find a wide variety of dishes here, broken up into sections like “wok”, “grill”, and “curry” on the menu. There’s pad pak bung mu krob (stir-fried morning glory with crispy pork), gaeng gari plaa (aromatic yellow curry of Cornish plaice and white daikon with thai-style pickles), and yum mu wan (a sweet pork and dandelion salad with ma-uek fruit and orange-chilli dressing). The latter dish, like pretty much everything here, is yum to say the least. (Couldn’t resist).
As for sweets, Som Saa serves a petite selection of desserts that’ll help you cool down after the whopping slap of spice in the mains. If you couldn’t resist the latter and indulged beyond the recommended four to five dishes for two, you might just want to stick to the seasonal fruit plate. Otherwise, give the kluey yaang ‘ice cream’ nahm dan beep a go. That’s salted palm sugar ice cream with turmeric grilled banana to you and me. And it’s a stunner.