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Thursday, February 23, 2006 0 comments
Courtesy of Leonard (and because i'm a lazy git):
Last Saturday was the busiest I'd ever seen that row of restaurants. So busy that I had to valet my car, cause I wasn't able to find a spot. In fact, I had to wait a while before the valet came to my car because they were all running helter skelter parking cars that evening.
The restaurant was really packed that night. I've never seen it that packed. When I arrived, I was ushered upstairs by the nice girl in the uniform to our very cramped looking table. That's also because I've got pretty large friends, and we were wedged in between two dinner parties.
The atmosphere around that evening was pretty frantic because of the dinner parties, but having the two dinner parties around us was pretty useful considering there were waiters all around our tables. Service was extremely prompt.
I've dined at the restaurant during the day, and it couldn't have been more different. In the day, it was actually rather serene, with the shaded sunlight and the sound of the fountain splashing in the background. And the waiters, a lot less hectic seemed a bit more attentive (that, and our waiter for saturday evening was a trainee).
We decided to each order one dish (with the help of the dinner party at the next table) so we had red curry prawns, green curry chicken, deep fried traditional thai style fish, kailan with belacan, kuali squid, black pepper beef, and some thai spring chicken, and some of us had individual servings of tom yam. My mother reckons we should have gone for the Thai Steamed Fish instead. Would've been a better choice according to her. But who's complaining. :)
The food came before and rice did, and so we waited, as patiently as possible for the rice to come before we started our pig out. In the mean time, the red curry prawns and the green curry chicken steamed, and our mouths watered. The aromas of both those dishes (since they did arrive first) were lingering in our nostrils, enticing us to reach for it...
When the rice did come, we all graciously waited till everyone had a massive serving of rice...Then just as we dug in...our hands got shooed away by Chen Hoe so that he could take a picture of the meal, and then we continued. Then the other dishes arrived almost simultaneously, filling our table to it's limit.
The red curry prawns is a definite must try. It's flavour was rich with tastes of coconut milk and curry, although it was not spicey at all. In fact, this dish is probably the favourite around the table. This curry is not at all similar to Indian curry, although because it is not spicey, you could probably drink gallons of this sauce.
The serving of the green curry chicken was a lot smaller than that of the prawns, also rich in tastes of coconut milk, it's curry taste was slightly contrasting with the tastes of the red curry, but I do believe the green curry taste was slightly over powered by that of the red curry. Just be wary of those small green balls in the sauce, I once thought they were peas. They were peppers.
The Tom Yam Kungs ingredients come from a huge variety of seafood that's basically been throw into the pot. So the tastes are rich with spice and sour. I order it everytime I'm there.
I was a slightly disappointed with the kuali squid because the kuali beef was so good. The kuali squid could've had more flavour, but I guess the beef has a stronger flavour than the squids which explains the end result. Also, I'm not surprised that the cooking was rushed because of the dinner crowd. Still, it was walloped...really quickly.
The dinner did not last very long, with the 7 of us very quickly devouring up the food...and fighting over the fish carcass at the end.
The dinner was so good, we drank up nearly all the sauce in the pots. I believe Chen Hoe has some pictorial evidence of that. (I'll post up the pictures soon as Chen Hoe sends them over)
We called for the bill when everyone was satisfied and almost patting their bellies. The bill came up to approximately 50 odd bucks per person, but considering we were all so full, it was definitely well worth the meal.
SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT!
For those of you who still don't know - Joa does the vast majority of reviews over at her blog, so check it out ja?
And yes, hopefully we'll be able to get cracking on a dedicated blog/site for these dinners and reviews once she gets back.
That, and could you guys PLEASE send me some of the photos we took at Sri Ayutthaya???
Name: Patrick Pincon
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