I’ve been in Thailand for a week and a half now, and the food was among the best I’ve had so far during this trip.
We came here on Wednesday, January 1st, at about 1:45 PM and had:
Savory, curry-flavored egg custards with little chunks of fish (I think it's called "fish cake" on the menu), steamed in banana leaf wrappers. Very interesting flavors and textures.
Black pepper shrimp. If you have long fingernails, I strongly recommend that you clip them before you decide to order this. Maybe even go to the bathroom to do it, if necessary, because the flavor was great and the shrimp still surprisingly juicy (how is that possible??), but all the ground black peppercorns--and there’s a LOT--got all over the underside of my nails. I had a hell of a time cleaning them so that it didn’t look like I’d been playing in the mud.
Shrimp salad--very spicy, at least it was for me. My boyfriend, who can handle more spicy foods, thought it wasn't very spicy.
Butterfly pea drink – a sweet, clear, dark purple drink. Very refreshing.
Thai iced tea - great taste, but very sweet. I hadn't had Thai iced tea in a long time, but this version was much sweeter than I remembered it to be.
Mangosteen juice and lime juice were also very good.
Their sala is made with the deseeded fruit, stuffed with and surrounded with flavored sorbet-like ice. The flavor is similar to a lychee, kind of floral and sour-sweet, similar to a lychee, but much less meaty. We got a total of 4 drinks, three small dishes, and dessert and our total was about 300-400 THB.
We got most of our drinks and dishes fairly quickly, but the dessert took forever to come out. The staff were really busy, even though not all tables were full and there were several staff just standing around at times.
Not all of the wait staff, hostesses, and bus boys can speak English, and not all were friendly. I can understand if there’s a language barrier, but a smile and a nod wouldn’t have hurt. At one point, when I waved one hostesses down, she clearly looked reluctant to come to our table as she was on her way to do something else. That was a little disappointing. I had trouble explaining that we were still waiting for our food. Finally, a guy with an authoritative air (the owner or manager?) who spoke English came over and resolved the issue.
Even though you'll be paying more here than you would at a local mom and pop and even though it's located in a luxury mall (where you'd expect good if not excellent service), if you put that expectation out of your head and come just for the food, you'll have a great meal. The menu was pretty extensive, with entire pages devoted to shrimp, fish, crab, etc. I'd come back again, and wish they had a branch where I live.
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