Taste of Asia

Great starters but middling mains at Thai outlet
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Time Out Says

If you’re thinking of tucking into some Thai cuisine in this downtown restaurant, we have just one piece of advice for you: make sure you’re hungry. Because the portions in Taste Of Thailand are absolutely huge.
Taste Of Thailand is a subtle, no frills number. The walls are a tasteful olive green, gold sofas line the walls and gentle Thai music fills the air.

The menu is vast, with plenty of options for meat-lovers and veggies alike, and we opted for the pod pia thod (spring rolls) and tom yam poh teak (spicy seafood soup) for starters, after chomping on the large, complimentary plate of prawn crackers. The rolls were particularly well made, with finely shredded carrot and cabbage stuffed inside the firm pastry roll. They were delicately flavoured and perfect when dipped in the accompanying sweet chili sauce. What’s more, you get five of them and they’re big enough to be a meal in themselves. Spring rolls can often seen cheap and nasty in restaurants, making you wonder if they came out of a packet in the kitchen, but there was obvious care and love in Taste Of Thailand’s.

The soup was a surprising affair, partly because the menu stated it came with lemongrass, which we didn’t get a hint of in any mouthful, but also because of the large amount of seafood you get in the dish. It was stuffed to the brim with squid, mussels and a prawn (although maybe the ratio could have been better and a couple more prawns could have been thrown in). It was still tasty, with dainty, fresh mushrooms and basil leaves fighting for room amongst all that seafood.

With stomachs already full, we ploughed into our mains. As curries feature prominently on the menu of any Thai restaurant, we went for the gang phed ped yang (roasted duck in red curry and coconut milk) and the gang keow warn phak rom (vegetable green curry). We ordered egg fried rice and steamed rice for sides and once again, the portion sizes were colossal.

Each portion was served on a dinner plate and they serve so much egg fried rice you’ll need a set of crampons to climb over the top of it. The main dishes were also big, but unfortunately it was a case of quantity over quality. Both sauces were more watery than expected. The red in particular was delicious when tasted straight from the spoon, but lost some of its style when poured into the rice. The duck, which was perfectly cooked, came with the strange tasting pineapple chunks, which gave off an artificial waft more akin to potpourri. They almost soured an otherwise acceptable dish. The green faired better and was bursting with carrots, cabbage, broccoli and sweetcorn in the creamy sauce and there was so much of it we took home the green curry and the rest of the rice in a doggy bag.

Taste Of Thailand offers reasonable authentic grub in a simple environment, served with a smile. It won’t have your credit card screaming for mercy, either. In fact, the prices on our final bill were less than advertised on the menu.

The bill (for two)
Spring rolls Dhs31
Spicy seafood soup Dhs33
Roasted red duck curry Dhs60
Vegetable green curry Dhs31
Steamed rice Dhs13
Egg fried rice Dhs36
Total (excluding service) Dhs204

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 06 Nov 2012

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Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Al Danah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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