A few years…

It had been a few years since my girl met her course mate, originally from Sabah, now based and happily settled in Miri, not since their convocation in May 2013. She came to town with her hubby that day to attend the wedding of another course mate here and of course, when they came, we took them out for dinner.

We picked this place so they could enjoy the delightful Thai dishes here and yes, the course mate was thrilled to see the pad Thai (RM16.90)…

Flavours pad Thai

…and recalled how she used to enjoy that so much when they were in Wellington, New Zealand and she had not had it since.

We ordered the miang kam (RM19.90)…

Flavours miang kam

…for them to try, something they had not seen nor heard of before and they loved it to bits! Like I always said, you simply can’t stop at one, this bite-size snack – you will surely go on and on, one after another till you finish everything that’s in the plate.

We did not miss out the seafood tom yam (RM45.50) that my girl loves so much and we also had the paku (wild jungle fern) with santan/coconut milk (RM15.50) but the photographs did not come out well so I am not including them in this post.

We had the oyster omelette (RM19.50)…

Flavours oyster omelette

…and the cute waiter kept persuading me to order this dish of stir-fried lokan (RM28.90)…

Flavours stir-fried lokan

…with black fungus. Yes, it was very nice but unfortunately, there was soy sauce in the dish so sadly, my girl could not get to enjoy it.

The lap pla (RM78.00)…

Flavours lap pla

…was not cheap but yes, it was huge, the filleted barramundi cut into fingers and deep-fried served with some special Thai sauce (that’s what it says in the menu) on top but no, it was not what I wanted. I was expecting something like what we had previously like this…

Barramundi with special Thai sauce 1
*Archive photo*

…or this…

Barramundi with special Thai sauce 2
*Archive photo*

…when we had the fish a few times before and enjoyed it so very much but no, I did not think there was any sauce in what we had that night, just a whole lot of garnishing on top and my missus was grumbling that it was somewhat burnt so we did not really enjoy it. I think if I had ordered this same fish done the way when I was here with my friend/ex-classmate, Robert, that day

Barrumundi lemon grass
*Archive photo*

…without any sauce, we would surely have enjoyed it a lot more.

Needless to say, for dessert, we had their mango sticky rice (RM31.90)…

Flavours mango sticky rice

…and the total that night, inclusive of rice and drinks came up to RM268.10.

My girl insisted on picking up the tab as it was my birthday the following day and this would be a special birthday treat in advance from her. No, it was not cheap at all, that I must admit, and it was just too bad that the fish was not all that great but at least, we enjoyed most of everything we ordered and it is always great when old friends get to meet again after so many years.

FLAVOURS THAI KITCHEN is located on the ground floor of the ORCHID HOTEL, along Brooke Drive at its junction with Jalan Tunku Osman. You can use its main entrance at the back of the hotel building (facing Brooke Drive) or go through the lobby past the reception desk if you are using its hotel entrance.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

17 thoughts on “A few years…”

  1. That Mango looks lovely! They are expensive here so I don’t get to have them as often as I would like!

    They’re seasonal so we do not get them all the time here and yes, they are very expensive here too, this variety.

  2. Food looks great and I like the oyster omelette & dessert. Like Japanese/Korean food, Thai dishes aren’t cheap too.

    I would agree but definitely worth it. Usually we would just go and not order too much and it would not cost a lot, not much more than when we go for Chinese food in a restaurant of more or less the same class…and save the special, more expensive stuff for special occasions like this.

  3. Most important, like what you mention, old friends meet up and catch up with each other…

    Indeed! All that joy and good cheer, everything else is secondary.

  4. That fried lokan looks good, would love to give it a try some day! But the prices are on the higher side, payung cafe sounds more affordable hahahaa!

    Hotel prices, they’ll tell you but actually, it depends on what you order, and the servings here are huge!

  5. I like pad thai, but the one I had recently in Phuket was actually not as good as the one in my local shop near my house.

    Yes, like everything else, may vary from place to place. Not a fan of the one from the other Thai place in town, we only have two here. In fact, I do not like most everything there…except maybe, their mango sticky rice, that’s all. Even the presentation of their dishes fail to impress.

  6. First time seeing lap pla, something new to me, but yea not cheap!

    Had salmon today, just a slice RM58.00! Can consider this quite cheap already, one HUGE fish!

  7. So thoughtful of all of you to treat Melissa’s friend to a nice meal and introduce Miang Kam to them. I like to eat Miang Kam too.

    Love having friends and family in town, really enjoy having company and will surely treat to dinner, my pleasure. When are you coming? 😉

  8. Yum! Thai food for me anytime. By the way, belated Happy Birthday! You are still young 🙂

    Thank you! Young? As old as the hills…but thank God still active, still healthy…I think…and can still enjoy good food and a good life.

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