We decided to try this place, after watching the construction of the interior for the last year or so...
We went in on a quiet weekday afternoon. The restaurant was empty except for ourselves.
We ordered pretty standard fare, and waited in anticipation. Our appetizers arrived, and to my shock the deep friend "prawn" was little more than KFC-style popcorn shrimp... Actually, that is not entirely true, as KFC portions are tastier and less oily. Next came the squid, which was clearly made with the same batter.
Not exactly impressed at this point, given that the price-to-value ratio was off the chart for these items... basically, this is the type of stuff I expect at the mall food court...
Next came the entrees, being a curry duck dish and a tipila fish dish... both were quite well made and favourful - more than adequate to offset the disappointing appetizers. However, these portions were small, and I mean truly small, even by downtown standards. I wouldn't complain as much, but for the fact that i had basically the same dishes at SalaThai just weeks earlier, and at 1/2 the price, the portions were double the size.
Our server was reasonably attentive, but was clearly defensive when I ignored his queries about how the food was. At his persistence, I diplomatically stated that the food was not what we had expected. His response was "What did you expect?"? No more questions after that.
I was tempted to tell them that prawns and shrimps were not one and the same, and that had I wanted popcorn shrimp, I would have gone to KFC, but again, my silly notions of social ettiquette reined my in.
On the note of ambiance, I echo the other reviewer's comments about the baby... for some inexplcable reason, there was the sound of a baby crying from the kitchen. All jokes about child-labourers aside, I don't think it is entirely safe to have a baby in a busy kitchen!
Finally, when presented with our bill, our server was all too quick to remind us that his tips should be caculated on the pre-coupon figure... just in case I forgot... very classy indeed.
In sum, a generally mediocre experience, which may be saved by the one or two good (albeit small) dishes.
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