Friday, July 31, 2009

Rama V @ Jalan U Thant

In terms of number of pictures and the quality of food, this post is as epic as it can get.

How else would one want to describe a Chef Table menu that was tailored to showcase a balance of freshness, quality ingredients and the house specials.

If there is one phrase that sums up the whole experience, it is definitely "you get what you pay for"

For an approximately RM300 a head, make a call to Rama V and book yourself a Thai cuisine journey.

Stepping inside one of the few bungalow restaurants around the area, there is a feel of exclusiveness and serenity. If you want to make it a private dining event for you and your guests, apart from the main dining area, there are also 4 chalets that can fit groups of 8-20 people.

This is fine dining Thai but prices ranges from affordable to unaffordable. If you don't have RM300 to spend, the menu has starters, mains and desserts that ranges from less than RM20 to RM 60. Live seafood is based on the market price, so please ask.

Peek outside the main dining hall and its another haven for photography.

After all that photography and the meal starts.

The traditional Thai Mieng Kam.

The first daun should always contain everything, abit of sour, sweet, salty and spicy. After that, decide which bits you like and dislike, voila!

Crispy rice served with minced chicken in shrimp sauce.

This was lovely and I would definitely recommend it everyone. The tasty chicken and sauce seats nicely over the rice cracker which is not oily, before it is popped inside the mouth.

If you google Rama V, this is about the most associated dish to them and rightly deserves so. The pretty flower dumpling with a filling of chicken, peanuts and coconut coating is a play of sweet and salty.

Shrimp cakes with chunky pieces of prawns in there is served with a typical thai chilli sauce.

From appetisers, we move to salad.

Pomelo Salad with Australian Abalone and Shrimp. The salad has been obviously been pimped with luxurious ingredients, like a car fitted with 22inch rims opposed to the usual 15 inch rims. However luxury is optional, order it as an ala carte item without the shellfish and you will still be just as happy. Although given a choice, the abalone was a must as it had the right level of bite without being too chewy or soft.

The marinated Raw Prawns served with heavy duty garlic and chilli sauce is only for the brave and those who can take their chillis. The prawn texture is similar to ama-ebi without the sweetness. With the pungent sauce and kick, dont sweat about getting food poisoning from eating raw prawns because i guarantee everything is cooked by the time it enters the stomach.

Before the mains are served, a soup is placed upon us.

Again, a Chef Table Menu focuses on prime ingredients and the usual clear seafood/chicken tom yum in the young coconut was replaced with scotland clams. The sweetness of the coconut water and the clam temporarily lingers in the mouth as you sip while the chilli kicks in the second you stop to rest. It is addictive and at the same time, spicy that causes sweat to trickle down the forehead (for me at least).

As we paused to soak in all we have eaten and realised the main course had yet to come, our attention led to Andre and Danny talking about the history of the place. Having opened in 1994, there are still signs of aging in the bungalow which reveals the age (in a good way) from the parquet floors (similar to my old house where i lived in since 1985) to the structure of the building. Targeting the high end niche market and people looking for a nice quiet meal, this place definitely deserves a re-visit in the near future.

Service was prompt and in no time the mains had arrived VIP style.

The humongous sauteed live spider crab in thai chilli paste. The crustacean was still moving moments before it was cooked. So in terms of freshness, the meat was super sweet. The sauce was not spared as it was flavoured from the crab as we drowned the sauce with rice. However knowing the market price of this creature, this would probably be the first and last time.

A more affordable but still equally as grand and expensive, the thai steamed soon hock with lime and chilli. It was cut and served to us individually and i don't think i got my favourite parts (i.e. near the belly). The fish texture was alright eventhough it was swimming moments ago too. Either there was too much acidity that may have effected the fish or it just goes to show that it is so hard to get a quality firm soon hock compared to 10 years ago because the good ones all travel to the richer asian countries.

The roast duck curry with lychee. I think i might have found a competitor to the duck curry in My Elephant. This is more affordable too, ala-carte order is RM28-30 (if i am not mistaken). The roast duck is cut into smaller pieces and thus soaks up the flavours easily. This dish screams out for rice.

Lightly sauteed NZ lamb with young pepper and basil. The meat was very tender and i loved the addition of the green young pepper seeds. Those who don't like the smell and taste of lamb would probably still fall for this for the melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Lastly a stir fried asparagus with sea snails and oyster sauce. The sweetness of the shellfish lends the flavour to what is an ordinary vegetable dish.

By now one would be full, i mean how can you be not full?

Not full once they bring you the platter of desserts. Take a pick from all of the "live" samples before they prepare for it in the kitchen.

Meanwhile take a sip of champagne (not part of the RM300 meal of course)

The custard with pumpkin showed how sweetness can be in different ways; naturally from pumpkin or using sugar. Smooth custard with equally soft steamed pumpkin flesh.

Tapioca with a coconut dip. Love this dish as i find the mango with sticky rice hard to digest. Looks like it is rather hard to find fault with this place unless i am being a prick.

Fried bananas, which only fault is the lack of ice-cream to go with it.

The obligatory mango with sticky rice. Riped mangos that were consistently sweet from the few pieces i had.

To cool things down, we also had the red ruby and cendol.

By now, we were stuffed to the brim, satisfied by the fact that one can actually pay RM300 and be such a happy man/woman treated like a king/queen.

If you are looking to splurge on a grand Thai meal, i think this is it.

Address and contact details:

5 Jalan U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur,Wilayah Persekutuan
Tel: 03-2143 2663

Verdict: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. The place is catered to the better equipped wallet but at the same time i don't see why the usual ala-carte menu will not shine if the quality of the sauces and style are maintained throughout. For special ocassions or a quiet night out, Rama V has really impressed me with their Thai cuisine.

Thank you so much Andre and Danny for being the generous hosts!


Sean said...

gosh, RM300 could feed 10 people for a normal thai dinner! but this is definitely extraordinary... everything looks super-fresh and inviting... i haven't found a really good pomelo salad before, but that one looks pretty promising :D

CUMI & CIKI said...

excellent joe! bow, bow! u do the plc justice la:) .. eh, ask the two hamsum hosts when we can party there again.. hahahahaha :P

J said...

OMG. Your photos are gorgeous! :)
(Erm, I kinda feel shy to post up my cheap p+s ones now... Haha)

Hey, the duck curry cannot compare to My elephant's! The one there is nice, but Rama V's is another level.... *drooooool*
(Oh man. So gloriously lemak tho. How lah my cholesterol levels??)

J said...

(Oh, sorry so passionate about the duck curry. I fell in love that night I think... haha)

thenomadGourmand said...

Great food! I so wanna tht pumpkin custard!

J2Kfm said...

wow. what a meal. didnt know it cost RM300 per head!!!!

aiyo, not in this life. haha ...

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Lovely shots, especially like the pic of the duck curry! RM300 per head IS steep...but then again, you had crabs and soon hock.

Life for Beginners said...

Duck. Curry.

That's all I need to hear, man. Where do I sign up? ;)

fbb said...

i cant believe you mentioned my elephant and rama V in the same disrespect to my elephant of course, but aiyo, that's like comparing JHP's cake to err...berry's cake house ....

mh said...

Duck Curry.........................
Monkey, your blog is one reason I miss home, ok! So is AWOL's, FBB's...and ...and...


Pics look awesome, and RM300/pax...painful to the pocket wei....

thule a.k.a leo said...

RM300 per person... normally RM600 if you are paying for someone :)
for that kind of price, I can eat like a king and still pay for other 9 pax if I go to Haatyai or Golok... lol!!!
RM300 is actually kinda hurt the wallet but once in a blue moon is still acceptable

sc said...

the pamelo salad's here definitely very luxurious; the one i had in BKK was served with mince pork and prawns, ultra delicious too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: their ala-carte menu serves with prawns..

leo: haha im not sure whether they serve for 2 also.usually a big grp, although if u insist for a rm600 dinner for 2, im sure they will oblige haha..either that just eat their ala-carte, not that exp.

mh: eat their ala-carte lor..

fbb: well to the commoner like me, all my life i only grew up to berry cakes mah..

lob: haha just give them a call n make reservations..

bbabe: yeah without the 2, im sure can b much cheaper..

j2kfm: the crab also 600pls liao..

tng: ask unkaleong take u there

j: haha waiting to read ur comments also la..

c&c: u ask la..i very the shy 1..

sean: im sure 300 to u is nothing at the rate u eat out haha..

UnkaLeong said... pics don't do the place justicelar. Hopefully can make up for it with the writing :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unkaleong: r u trying to say my writing no very good? hahahaha..

Cait said...

my fav rendezvouz.....1999......

Christopher Teh said...

I have been to Rama V twice, and no, it is hardly as expensive as RM300 per person. It is more like RM60 per person only -- and no, it is not for nasi goreng and sky juice.

Anyway, come at night as the place looks better at night than day. I doubt I will return there because I felt my second time round was not as good as the first. The place looks a little rundown compared to my first (even the toilet was not as well kept as before).