Thai Yum Yums

Yes, it is back to food for me and I finally scratched the itch that had been bothering me for months about trying out the new Thai place in town. As somebody who has been lucky enough to travel abroad and try lots of things in their indigenous environs, eating international cuisine right here at home is always as adventure.

Royal Orchid is located in the centre of the F-6 Markaz or Super Market, right next to United Bakery. You can’t miss it with the huge pink orchid that graces its top windows. A wide winding staircase bordered by scented candles leads you to a wooden doorway where the hostess bids you welcome in what else but Thai :) and you are led into a dining hall that has an artificial yet ‘authentic’ thatched roof. And this word ‘authentic’ is what the food, the ambience and indeed the whole experience is about.

From the appetizers, salads, soups to the main courses with rice and noodles, meats, vegetables and the infamous Thai curries the effort shows in emphasizing the actual ‘Thai-ness’ of the food and ingredients. The appetizers are light served with a standard variety of sweet, spicy and sour sauces. The soups similarly are subtly flavored with lemon grass and bamboo and generously interspersed with chicken or whichever option you have chosen. You have the option of ordering the rice and noodle portions with your preference (taste and pocket) of chicken, beef or prawns. The main courses are filling and all curries and meats are served with plain white rice which is a staple of Thai cuisine.

On the whole, the experience is one that is worth repeating although the prices are seriously steep. Some people have also expressed the opinions that you come out of the place still feeling some twinge of hunger but that probably has something to do with the fact that Thai food is very light and has a very low sodium and oil content. This restaurant has not compromised on ingredients or recipes, so you actually get what you see. You will feel a little fazed when you see a menu that has Thai names written on it but breathe and go through it to read the English translation, look at the pictures and if you’re still confused, ask the nice waiters or the hostess to help. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to actually find them pleasant and helpful, right down to serving your soup and rice to you from pots placed on burners to keep them warm.

All in all, I enjoyed myself. One reason probably was that my brother paid the bill but from the serving of warm towelettes to freshen up to the servings of lemongrass juice before ordering to the jasmine tea at the end of the meal was all a part of it. By the way, don’t order the jasmine tea. You’ll be holding your heart to find that you paid Rs. 180/- per cup of Tapal’s Jasmine tea from a tea bag. Nonetheless, it was good food in a good authentic ambience that you do enjoy, if solely for the sake of a difference. As an end note, think about it as the place where you actually want to go for a special time, hopefully with special people.

Happy Eating All!

3 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

    Okk okk this 180 rs TAPAL’s tea almost gave me an heart attack … but rest seems so lovely … they actually piur food in your plates … ??

    lolz …!

    I’ve bookmarked this place and when I’ll get my hands on someone special with a fat wallet I’ll visit da place .. ditto as per YOUR advice :P

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    Don’t be too sure A for Apple, the joke can be on you as well…:P

  3. Phil (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    And my folks kept crying for me to go with them to ‘Royal Orchid’, and I was a baby to go to Dainty all the time :/ LOL, not Dainty, ‘Pheonix’ (F-7).

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