Meal : Lunch
Loc : Taj President, Cuffe Parade
Regardless of our new years eve revelry or lack thereof, we try and have an exceptional meal on new years day. That is how we ended up at Thai Pavilion, I hadn't been there in a while and regrettably so. TP has long been the lone fine dine vanguard for exclusively Thai Cuisine and is a hot favorite.
The menu is not limited nor is it expansive, somewhere comfortably in the middle, a small selection of soups, plenty of appetizers/salads/entrees, they also offer red, green, yellow and massaman pak for curries. The wine list unfortunately is hopeless and overpriced, especially if you are going by glass.
The ambiance is brilliant, Thai Pavilion underwent a major redesign around two years ago, designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Super Potato fame. It was money well spent, you are surrounded by a potent mix of glass, wood and wine bottles which all comes together in minimalist form. The chairs could have been closer together.
after a lot of painful handwringing and analysis i chose a diet coke over an overpriced glass of wine or a mojito.
We began with soups which were served in little earthern pots. Right after they did their little trick, putting a pill sized thingy on your table and adding hot water to it. Voila, it turns into a hand tower. very cool.
The Tom Yum was good, a little hot and not as flavorful as some of the others i have had, yet it was not a bad start.
Mine was off the charts, coconut base with veggies and , a rich, thick broth with an intense taste, exactly what i expected.
Everyone always gets the Green curry and Massaman pak i had already tasted at Joss. So we chose the oft neglected Thai Red Curry with peanuts, hot, spicy and yet it had this sourish tang to it, a strong taste but not heavy on the palate. Not as spicy as you would expect either.
Green beans with bean curd in a garlic infused sauce, the dish was pretty much incredible. Sweet, spicy with a distinct flavour, highly recommended. Paired with the most delicate pad thai noodles i have ever had.
For dessert we had the platter. which served a chocolate macaroon with a lemon grass aftertaste, very good but i could have done without the aftertaste. There was pumpkin with something which was just sick. Another which had rose petals inside it and tasted like a liquid pan. The stand out was a simple and perfectly executed creme brulee.
Overall, Thai Pavilion is an exceptional experience on all counts. The ambiance is great, the food is brilliant, the service is friendly and knowledgabe (though they were a little slow our server Pramod brought out complimentary dessert to make up for it)
Food : 9/10
Service : 9/10
Damage : 3000 for two without drinks
Hotel Taj President,
90, Colaba, Cuffe Parade,
Tel : 66650808