Absolute Thai...

This place was in my wishlist for quiet sometime. Had to let go an opportunity to dine here with fellow foodies. So when hubby asked me to choose the place for my birthday dinner, I chose this place as he also loves Thai food. Checked in around 9p.m. Located in Cenatoph Road, it's an bungalow remodelled into a restaurant. A buddha statue welcomes you at the entrance. The reception is decorated with colourful umbrellas and a hostess dressed in traditional costume. The restaurant is spacious and the tables are well spaced. The entire place was done in brown. With Thai alphabets (I suppose they are) on one side of the wall, beautiful copper coloured lotus chandelier on top of every table and a cute, small bird cage that holds a candle, the ambiance was very pleasing. We were seated immediately. The place mat is printed with the menu.

We were served a complimentary lime drink and Mian kham (similar to our paan). The miang kham had roasted peanuts, chopped onions, ginger, lime, chilli and toasted coconut along with spinach leaves and palm syrups. We started off with Tom Yum Soup (chicken) and Gai Hor Bai Toey (Chicken wrapped in pandan leaves). The soup was neither thick nor thin. The in between consistency with chicken and mushrooms was spicy and citrus-y. The chicken wrapped in pandan leaves had a brilliant aroma. The chicken was cooked perfectly, crisp on the outside and soft inside.

We settled for Gai Pad Thai (Chicken noodles), Phak Khao Phat (Veg garlic fried rice) and Phak Kaeng Ped (Thai red curry). The noodles enveloped in omelette was delicious. Tangy rice noodles with well cooked chicken and roasted peanuts was very nice. The Thai red curry was mind blowing. Loads of crunchy veggies like broccoli, zucchini, carrots and baby corn it had the perfect balance of flavours. Alas the fried was a disaster. It had no flavour of garlic and it was bland with no flavour. Managed to finish it off with the red curry.

After the main course, we were served lemon grass tea, which worked well as a palate cleanser. We felt the portions to be less in quantity and weren't feeling full. So decided to get desserts for each of us and ordered a Tub Tim Grob (Water Chestnut in coconut milk), Guray Tod (deep fried banana frittters) and Bua Loy (Thai rice balls in coconut milk). Out of the three desserts, the banana fritters was yummilicious. Sliced bananas coated with dessicated coconut, deep fried and served with a scoop of ice cream. It was super hot and vanished in seconds. The Thai rice balls in coconut milk was warm, with sticky rice balls in thick sweetened coconut milk. Loved it. The water chestnut which is my favourite was a big let down. The coconut milk was very thin (they have added a lot of ice to it). The addition of ice had reduced the sweetness by a great level. It's sad to see such a beautiful dessert being spoiled :O

6 out of 8 dishes were perfect and flawless. They could definitely increase the portions. A portion of pad thai will not be sufficient for a person when famished. Service was very quick and attentive. The total bill was around 2800 bucks. Expensive though.

Place      : Absolute Thai
Location  : Cenatoph Road, Teynampet (Opposite to Lanson Toyota Showroom)
Cuisine    : Thai - Veg & Non-veg
Cost        : Very expensive. A meal for two would easily come to 2500 bucks.

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Absolute Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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