Busaba Eathai is a “fast-food” thai restaurant with branches across London, but the one we visited was during a mother-daughter shopping excursion at Bicester Village.
Let me just state for the record that this restaurant is everything a coeliac could ask for.
It’s not flashy, it’s not showy, but it’s fantastic. Other restaurants, take note:
Upon arrival we were promptly seated and I asked “Could we have an allergy menu please?”
The response was “Yes, of course”
When the menu came, our server explained how it worked and that the dots next to each meal indicated the presence of that allergen in the food. Furthermore, we were told, we could ask for almost any meal on the menu to be adapted to be allergen-free.
We both ordered the same thing: the Sen Chan pad thai (a spicier version of the regular pad thai). I ordered the (non-alcoholic) grapefruit mojito, and my mum ordered the ginger and honey tea.
Our meals got to us in under 5 minutes, I kid you not.
A giant plate of tasty, spicy rice noodles, topped off with sriracha hot sauce.
This is a message to all restauranteurs. Us coeliacs are not fussy. All we want is a clear allergy menu, reassurance that staff understand the basics of avoiding cross contamination, and at least a decent choice of meals. Busaba Eathai does this impeccably, and it has become my failsafe option when I’m in Bicester. I’ll certainly be looking it up when I’m out and about around London.
Overall rating: 9.5/10