November 13, 2011

Thanying Restaurant, Bangkok…this place is a joke.

The place is sleek . That said, sleek is a word I’ve never applied to a Thai restaurant I like. Food was on par with what you would expect at a cheap buffet , but gazillion times the price.

I had a feeling we were being served left-overs from lunch when we ordered the neung ma nao (sea bass steamed with lime, lemon grass and chilli) because the fish did not seem fresh. Authentic tom yam goong tasted more like mineral water – dilute, no kick, no oomph. Whatever it was, it should not have been called “tom yam”. If a Thai restaurant in Thailand cannot get their staple food – the tom yam goong – right, what hope is there for the rest of the stuff on their menu?

None of the following was any memorable: Gra Tong Thong (minced shrimp and green peas with sweet corn in crispy cup and curried chicken with potatoes in crispy cup), tod man pla gra-ai (deep fried curried fish patties), yam pla dook foo (crispy fluffy catfish, spicy and tangy salad with slices of green mangoes), chicken in green curry with egg plant and sweet basil, neur poo pad phong ga hree (crab meat, steamed with sauce of curry powder, egg, milk, roasted chilli, oil and celery)

By far the worst Thai place I’ve been to in a long time. This place is a joke. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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