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Welcome to SoPa Thai Westcliff, your top destination for incredible Thai food in Westcliff/Southend, Essex!

Our restaurant offers a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can enjoy a delicious meal, shop for authentic ingredients, or join a fun Thai cooking class.

Under the expert management of a passionate team, led by Nat SoPa and Chef Owen Pattara, we strive to provide an exceptional dining experience.

Meet Nat SoPa and Chef Owen Pattara, the dynamic duo behind SoPa Thai Westcliff.

Nat, our amazing owner and director, has a background in Hospitality Management and Business Studies from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. With experience as a customer service agent at a five-star hotel in Melbourne and as a Business Studies lecturer in Thailand and the UK, Nat brings a wealth of knowledge to our restaurant. Cooking runs in Nat's blood—she grew up in a big family where she helped prepare and taste meals every day.

After earning her Master’s Degree, Nat attended a top culinary school in Bangkok to perfect her skills, ensuring that every dish at SoPa Thai Westcliff is top-notch.

Chef Owen Pattara, our talented co-owner and head chef, brings over 20 years of experience in the culinary world. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for authentic Thai cuisine, Owen adds his own expertise and creativity to our kitchen. Together, Nat and Owen are committed to our mission of “Fresh Ingredients, Authentic Thai with a Twist,” creating dishes that are both delicious and innovative.

At SoPa Thai Westcliff, we've got something special for everyone. Our Thai market corner is packed with ingredients straight from Thailand, so you can recreate your favorite dishes at home after dining with us or taking one of our classes. We receive fresh ingredients delivered from Thailand every Tuesday, ensuring you always get the best quality. Whether you're dining with us or picking up ingredients to cook at home, you can count on quality and authenticity.

In addition to our in-house dining experience, we offer incredible takeaway and delivery services. Enjoy the same high-quality, freshly prepared Thai dishes from the comfort of your home. Perfect for a cozy night in, a special occasion, or any time you crave authentic Thai flavors, our takeaway and delivery options make it easy to enjoy SoPa Thai Westcliff wherever you are.

Looking for a fantastic Thai dining experience? Come to SoPa Thai Westcliff! You'll not only enjoy tasty food but also feel the love and passion we put into every dish. We believe great food should delight your taste buds, look amazing, and make you feel good.

According to TripAdvisor (updated 2024), we're the number one Thai restaurant in Westcliff/Southend and nearby areas, and we're ranked in the top 4 out of approximately 70 Thai restaurants in all of Essex county. And we're steadily climbing to become number one overall!

Book your table today or order our incredible takeaway and delivery to see why SoPa Thai Westcliff is the perfect place for Thai food lovers.