Another day, another taste adventure!
I attended the grand opening of My Thai, a Thai restaurant sited in Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos with Munz the other day and here’s how it went…..
Munz: Beforehand, I had never tried Thai food. In all honesty, I lump Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Asian food in general (minus Indian) in one category and to top it all, I have only ever had the fraudulent Chinese food served in Nigeria, not the authentic Chinese. But I digress.
TheFoodLover: Haha…..But I love our fraudulent Chinese food. It was also my first time trying out Thai cuisine though. Walking into the elegantly decorated space already alerted my senses that we were in for a beautiful experience.
Munz: First up, when we arrived we were met by the sweetest waiter who kept on topping up my chapman glass. Honestly, I’m sure I had about 4 glasses.
TheFoodlover: I started with red wine then chapman and for last, champagne…. Yup, I had to try it all. Oooo Munz, remember we had a blue welcome-drink that turned purple when we squeezed lemon into and stirred with lemongrass…..fun stuff. Then a cup of peanuts was placed on our table.
Munz: After we settled in, we were served Prawn Crackers and Sweet Chili sauce to keep our mouths busy till dinner was to be served. Even though it was a weird combination as I’d never think to pair the two, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The saltiness of the crackers with the sweetness of the sauce…..in fact, I loved it so much I got an extra serving.
TheFoodLover: Their sweet chilli sauce deserves an award. Take this tip from me…..the prawn cracker & sweet chilli sauce marriage is an excellent amuse bouche.
Munz: About 30 mins after we arrived, it was time for dinner and our experiential culinary experience began. First up, we were served a cold and hot appetizer platter….see menu for Thai names. In English, the platter had Chicken skewers, Vegetable Samosa, Chicken balls and a cold Chicken salad. Oddly enough, my favourite item on the platter was the vegetarian-friendly samosa or pocket which paired perfectly with the sweet chilli sauce. My least favourite, on the other hand, was the cold chicken salad. There was an off taste, couldn’t really place my finger on it. The other two things were good but albeit forgettable.
TheFoodLover: My favorite was the skewer…..tender and yum and it paired nicely with the peanut sauce. All three sauces were a delight. At this point, I got confused on whether to fall more in love the plum sauce or stick to my affair with the sweet chilli. The presentation of the entire thing was one to stare at. But yes, the cold salad gave me shivers (not the good ones).
Munz: Next, we were given Gai Tom Ta-Krai (Lemongrass Coconut chicken soup). Surprisingly once again, I loved it! I’m not necessarily a soup person as my body doesn’t really accept creamy things, but this was a pleasant delight. Everything was so good. The chicken was tender, the soup was perfectly spiced. I know the photos don’t do it justice but it definitely tasted better than it looked.
TheFoodLover: I’m really not a soup person but this was divine. Who would have thought lemongrass and coconut could create such beautiful taste.
Munz: Right after that, our main dish or should I say dishes arrived. Stir-Fried spicy beef with Chili Basil, Green Curry Chicken with Eggplant, Yellow Curry prawn Sauce, Phad Thai and Jasmine rice. Everything looked so good, we couldn’t wait to dive right in. With my mouth watering….I fixed myself a plate, putting a little bit of everything on it. First thing I noticed was the smell of the green chicken curry, it kind of reminded me of uncooked meat, and I’m a ‘if it smells good, it tastes good’ kind of foodie so I was already put off. I should have just listened to my gut but I didn’t want to be a bore and so I tried it. Ugh. Big mistake. Next, Phad Thai…..the texture was quite mushy, I don’t know if its supposed to be that way as this was my first time but I didn’t really like it. Also the sauce quoted in the rice noodles was a bit too sweet, I have a sweet tooth but even this was too much for me. My favorite things were, however, the Yellow curry which I was quite familiar with as well as the Spicy beef which was so good but, SPICY! I couldn’t eat as much of it as I wanted because I don’t do spicy, but I touted myself for a bit. That’s how good it was, and it paired perfectly well with the Jasmine rice which had just the right crunch.
TheFoodLover: I was naturally drawn to the yellow curry because well, Nigerian girl’s taste buds. If you have the typical Nigerian palate, I highly doubt the green curry is for you as well…..don’t ask me why because I’m not even sure myself. My favorite however was the spicy beef as I do spicy…..actually, I love spicy and this was amaze-hot! I watched Munz break a sweat on it and I mean that literally too, haha! I would love to try the phad-tai another time to be sure how exactly I feel about it, I had that “ooo I don’t think I like this but I have to keep eating it” moment so errrr…..
Munz: Then it was time for dessert which was Banana Fritters, Fried pineapple sticky-rolled rice, Thai tea icecream and coconut caramel sauce. Dessert was really good I must say. My favorite thing was definitely the Ice-cream and coconutt caramel sauce which I drizzled over it, followed by the Pineapple sticky rolls. The banana fritter was (yet again) too mushy for me but tasted good.
TheFoodLover: Fav part of the experience! The thai icecream and coconut-caramel combo is another piece that deserves an award. Funny story, I’m not into coconut or caramel but this trio was simply a match made in heaven. I must have had a run-in with pineapples in my past life so no comment on the sticky roll. You all are about to think I’m weird but I honestly do not mind mushy-ness so I loved the banana fritter! I ended my night with a cup of cappuccino at the bar…..
Munz: All in all, I had such a pleasant time, I’d most definitely go back to try other things on their menu. Now, I can officially say I tried Thai Food and that’s something I’m proud off!
TheFoodLover: I tried Thai cuisine, I loved most of it and I highly recommend MyThai for showing off Thai Culture on platters of deliciousness!