Yes, I feel so sad that this place is going to wrap up business in a few days’ time…
I went there with Melissa a long long time ago in 2009 and she even blogged about it here (she’s no longer active though and her blog has been redundant for a long time now) but it was a very dark place with colourful lights and it came across like some kind of not-very-respectable girlie bar and the fact that there were booths made it seem even more so. I remember I had to sit at a table by the window and pull back the curtain so I could take some decent photographs of the food! To cut a long story short, I did not like the place and the food wasn’t good enough to get me going back for more.
Then some people that I know took over and I went back there again. The food was all right but they did not do anything to spruce up the place and after having gone there twice – here and here, we did not get to go back there again. Not long after that, as I was driving past, I saw that they had closed down the place and were doing some major renovations but when it reopened, somehow or other, I never dropped by.
I did not even know that they had converted it into a Thai restaurant until that day, when I was ranting about the horrendous new Thai restaurant in town on Facebook and a friend of mine commented on that status of mine and suggested that I went to this place instead to give it a try. All he said was that there was a Thai lady chef there, nothing more and since he did not seem all that enthusiastic, I just dilly-dallied and never got round to dropping by until one day, in a comment on Facebook, he said that I should go soon as the Thai lady chef would be leaving. Still, there was no hint as to how really good the food was…but anyhow, last Sunday, after the service at the cathedral in town, we stopped by for lunch.
The place is very much smaller now but a whole lot nicer…
…though somehow, it did come across to me as being rather clinically white and clean, a far cry from that dingy place that it was before.
I was feeling kind of sceptical as there wasn’t a living soul around. Surely if the food had been good, there would be some business at least…even on a very slow day but since we were already there, I thought we might as well sit down and order something – after all, this place would not be around much longer and don’t say that we did not give it a try.
I ordered the bread cakes, prawn (RM10 for 10 pieces) – the ka-nam pung na-goong…
…but I think I ordered the wrong thing. My friend said that I must ask for the prawn cake and if I’m not wrong, that would be the tord mun-goong (deep fried fresh prawn cake) but it did not matter as this was so very nice too. I liked the fact that it was not oily at all even though it was deep fried…unlike the spring rolls that we had at that other Thai place. Tsk! Tsk!
Of course, we had to order the pineapple fried rice (RM20.00) – the khao phad sapparod…
…and all of us loved it a lot especially with the chili dip that came with it. My missus said that it had that salted fish taste…but I think that must be their authentic Thai fish sauce that they use a lot in their cooking and it was really really good. Yum! Yum!
The Thai green curry, beef – the gaeng keaw wanna_praw, nuer (RM20.00)…
…was absolutely out of this world. It was bursting with all kinds of rich flavours that we could not help going, “Wowwwww!!!!” A word of warning though – it was very lemak (rich) with its thick santan (coconut milk) gravy and very very pedas (spicy hot) so it would be best eaten together with rice. My missus gave it her double thumbs up as she is into anything and everything that is extra spicy!
Don’t bother about the prawn salad (RM7.00) though…
I had expected something Thai-style like our kerabu, raw with lots of cili padi and crushed peanut and everything else and served with a generous squeeze of calamansi lime but what we got in the end was nothing of the sort – just those few miserable prawns on top and everything else with something like the Thousand Island salad cream. This certainly was a let-down, I must say.
Well, other than the disappointment we had with the salad, it was a delightful lunch and I, for one, was glad that I dropped by that day and managed to sample the food before the Thai lady chef left town and if you’re in town or from around here and you have not gone there yet, you only have a couple of days (till the 24th) left to do so. Hurry! Hurry!
28 thoughts on “So sad…”
That place looks inviting, great place to go with your loved ones and have a good meal. For the most part, it sounds like you were very pleased with your service and that’s great. Occasionally, I prepare food with coconut milk. I love the the flavor and should use it more often.
Today, I used coconut oil, in the vegetable fried rice I made for my daughter. I’ll have to post pictures once I’m back online (at home.) That should be some time later today.
Hope you’ve got your connection back. Real uneasy being unable to go online – so used to the daily routine already. Yes, loved the food at this place – too bad the chef is leaving. 😦
If I go hv to hv two tables la. Cannot sqeeze in one table :p
Good good good. Pineapple fried rice nit served in the pineapple shell. Geli wanna eat if it is coz a friend who part time in a restaurant told me the restaurant she worked in reused the shell.
I know. Sometimes, so dry and wrinkled and still, they keep on using it. I would rather they do not serve it in a pineapple. Can join tables, no problem at all…
The food looks great here, Arthur…. why do they close it down? All look sedap sedap to me…
The owner/person running the place did not bother to promote it, still used the same name so nobody knew about it so of course, the business had not been good. I wish I had known about it earlier – I could have done the promotion and I’m sure there would have been a lot of people dropping by.
From the picture, the Thai green curry looks so good…
It was so so so so good! We all loved it so much!
wah, so expensive, i mean the pineapple fried rice and the green curry beef.. and that prawn salad?? no thank you.. but i like this place as seen from the photos of the interior, tidy clean and bright.. too bad, it’s closing soon~~
I’ve had Thai in KL and elsewhere – never enjoyed anything this much. Ya, too bad…but we’ll go again before it closes down by the end of this week and after that, no more decently-good Thai food till something like this comes around again. 😦
First time seeing beef green curry, most of the thai restaurants here in Penang use chicken. Interesting though but it doesn’t seem “green” to me?
You have a choice from a list of selections – we chose beef. There’s a slight tint of green, not greyish like when I try cooking myself using those packet curry paste…and at least it’s not red…like that instant Penang white curry mee. 😦
Enjoy cafe, I bet you enjoy the food there. Nice ambience. Food looks good except the prawn salad. Once I cook green curry from Cosway packet, it does have a slightly greenish colour and not milky as in the photo.
I’ve tried the packet ones before…more like our korma, not the same.
Clinical was what I thought too when I saw the third image. The curry looks good.
Out of this world – so many flavours, so very delicious.
Too bad that the food is good but they are closing down. I agree that the salad should have been Thai style instead of the run of the mill salad that you can get elsewhere. I must try cooking green beef curry!
They have a whole list of salads – some 20 or so to choose from, I think…and I haven’t the slightest idea which would be like the Thai ones that I am more familiar with and would love more. I ordered the mango salad but they were out of mango – my friend said I should have ordered the papaya but at the time, I did not feel like having that.
sudah mau closed? The thai green curry looks like masak lemak right..
No lah, masak lemak, where got that colour – it’s reddish yellow owing to the colours of the kunyit and also the chilies.
I wouldnt be in time to taste it as I am only back to Sibu on 26th. I like Thai pineapple fried rice.
Will confirm the date. I think her work permit expires on the 30th but she said she would stop by the 24th or 25th.
The restaurant (interior) looks nice and new. Going to close soon?? Hah…. couldn’t cover the business? 😦
It would be nicer if they serve the pineapple fried rice in the pineapple… just like some other Thai restaurants did 🙂
I’m not too keen on that as I’ve seen in some Thai places where the pineapple was already dry and withered and they kept using it – the taste is more important. Serving in a pineapple is solely for presentation.
Hoho, no wonder you are so sad la! Never mind, you can eat less then, can lose some weight at the same time, haha xD
But I doubt so la since there’re still many eateries around.
At those prices, sure I would not go often but their closing down would mean one less option to choose when trying to decide on where to go on special occasions or when there’s a reason to celebrate. Would be nice to have more to pick from instead of going to the same ol’ places all the time.
Why u order prawn salad, should order Som Tam, the famous green papaya salad, but it is sour.
Fried rice look good and so do the green curry beef, i bet it is very nice. The other day i try the green curry instant noodles, yes, it is a bit greenish colour and it is HOT!!!
Too bad they are closing down, if you go try earlier and promote for them, maybe business will be very good by now.
Yum Yum? Ya, it is nice, I like. It is hot but not as hot as that Penang one.
Ya, if only I had known about the place earlier, then the owner might just want to carry on and would renew the lady chef’s work permit. 😦
I’ve never had Thai papaya salad before – it was always mango so I did not know if it was any good. Maybe I can order that when I drop by the place again.
Your friend is absolutely right. The tod mun goong is one of the best thai food I ever had in bangkok. Love it ever since it was introduced to me by my Thai friend. But I never try this locally. I love the green curry too, but it fail to impress my wife. She loves the more diluted type (not so much coconut milk) curry in Ipoh.
My missus isn’t into really lemak stuff as well – that’s why she doesn’t like carbonara sauce in pasta.
oh yikes, goodbye to enjoy cafe. all the dishes look delicious, and i’m especially enthralled by your description of the beef green curry 😀
It was really very good, just a bit too rich to eat a lot of just like that, ok with rice.
Oh My !!!! Can’t they wait till early next month??? 😦 I wanna try the fried rice and the green curry !!!!! T___T
You’re coming? When? I know a friend’s coming for somebody’s wedding on the 6th – don’t tell me you’ll be here for the same one?
Pineapple fried rice for RM 20?
Dishes for about the same prices? Wow, Sibu F&B has become really expensive!
It’s like KL prices, I think some of the places in Sibu is priced even higher than equivalent KL places. Well, I guess if it’s good, it’s worth it!
Not that I’ve noticed…or at least the ones that I went to when I was there. Sometimes I really wondered if they knew how to cook or not…like the Thai “stall” at Gardens – all that I had sucked big time and I was surprised there were a number of people eating there. The food was not good, not even close. Generally, I think it is mighty expensive there, not so bad if they were good – most of the time, at best, they were just passable.
This serving’s big enough for 3-4 persons…and there were prawns. I think it was reasonable plus it was very nice – no regrets at all having that.
the santan looks very rich…and ahem the prawn salad is pathetic for rm7!
Loved it, so rich and so spicy. Went again last night but tried some of the other things on the menu. I wish I had that again…but of course, I did not order the disappointing salad anymore. 😦
Okay. I’m going to this place tonight!!!