Monday, October 12, 2009

Royal Thai @ Tropicana City Mall

There has always been a shortage of good thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Unless they have been hiding in the nooks and corners of suburbs and apartments. So when i got a RM150 voucher to give Royal Thai a try, why not? No harm, especially its in a brand new spanking shopping mall; Tropicana Mall.

Open up the menu and you will find alot of chef's recommendations, and you just might start to question how come everything is special.

Decor is modern.

Lets get it started, shall we?

The Tom Yum Soup that was spicy enough for me but not spicy enough for the Mother.

The Thai Fish Cakes that were kind of hard and chewy. Bland and the Mother claims the one at Coca steamboat is still the benchmark to beat. Not worth paying the RM 17.90 pricetag.

Pandan chicken which was delicious but small in size and compared to the price, i am questioning whether its worth ordering too.

Spicy Eggplant salad was interesting. Cooked mashed eggplant formed sort of a base for some blanched seafood, with a slight spicy kick.

Probably the cheapest of the lots (starters), RM10.90 for a portion of freshly fried soft shell crab.

Time for the "Mains".

If you still don't know by now, Pad Thai is officially what i equal Thai Food to. Thai food = Pad Thai. I found the noodle not "al-dente" enough like how pad thai is in Thailand. It is meant to be chewy and almost half cooked-like. Flavours were there though.

A green curry beef that came almost "paste" like rather than a curry. A case of pre-cooked paste simmered with some coconut milk, not long enough resulting in lumpy bits? The Mother found the basil overpowering but i found it alright i guess.

The thai steam "barramundi" (the stylo milo name for the fish ever since the Father and Mother realised what the Aussies call it instead of calling it Siakap). For RM58.90, i realised how expensive it is to eat fish in a high end restaurant. Although the plentiful juice/sauce/soup was sour and spicy enough to drink.

The norm vegetable, the kangkung.

Find it too spicy to handle? Refillable ice lemon tea, juices (bottled, not fresh) or soft drinks are available. Although they only volunteered to refill it once and subsequently had to signal for some more.

The pumpkin custard was sweet. Steamed with custard, the sugar had seeped into the already naturally sweetened pumpkin which made a sugar overdose, not to mention the ice-cream too!

The Red Ruby was served with rather coarse and cublets of ice which made it hard to enjoy. The fruits at the side made no sense.

Obviously RM 150 did not cover the whole meal (or so i wished) but i didn't expect the whole meal to come up to RM280 for 5 pax. Slightly too expensive for my wallet for the kind of food we ate. Flavour wise, some are quite decent for shopping mall standards, some are "malaysianised" and some need abit of work.

Address and contact details:

Tropicana City Mall
Ground Floor
Contact No : 03-77223798

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Especially since its rather close to another favourite Thai food joint (My Elephant), you know where i would be (if i made a reservation). However for people walking around the mall, an option for a quick meal.

25 comments:

superwilson said...

So u went also. Food was ok ok only. Slightly over priced!

thenomadGourmand said...

Wahh..crazily expensive lehh!!

thule a.k.a leo said...

I saw this place when I went to Carrefour last Saturday... I ended up eating at Kimchi Korea on the 1st floor...

Sean said...

have only tried the pad thai here, but thought it was pretty decent. anyways, this is a tai thong-linked outlet, rite, so i guess it has to maintain a reasonable standards?

Paranoid Android said...

Am at Tropicana City Bad Ass coffee when I read this. That joint is like a stone's throw away. May give that a try some other time. Throat still parched from the food at Canton-i.

Next to it is Santini's, offering Bratwurst. Hamburg and Bangkok. Two places I've stayed and worked, side by side. This is gonna be an eerie week!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: reasonable stds = ok lor.. =)

leo: first visit to the place..got no idea wats around..

tng: i wont say crazily expensive..it was like 55 a pax? compared to my elephant which will cost around 30-40 per pax..

superwilson: same thought..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

paranoid - haha give it a try n compare to bangkok

J said...

It's strange that the Soft Shell Crabs were the cheapest appetizer!
(Luckily you had the voucher or you may have felt quite cheated at paying above average prices for average tasting food...)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

J: haha strange hor..yeah thank god for vouchers!

taufulou said...

looks good though. always got voucher ah..jealous!

550ml jar of faith @minchow said...

Those are some seriously ROYAL prices!! OK, steering clear from this place!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

taufulou: no la..where got always..

minchow: haha no la..wait till u c really ROYAL prices..

superwilson said...

Taufulou: joe is a famous celebrity foodie, dun jealous, just envy

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

superwilson: wah..coming from the uber celebrity foodie who gets free trips too!

wmw said...

Royal prices for mediocre food? :o) No royal treatment?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: well its was decent service but if u r thinking of ppl feeding u..then no lor =(

sc said...

overall, food seems mediocre to me..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: i like to use the word "ok", slightly above mediocre..

UnkaLeong said...

Do they re-fill the soup for the siakap dish? Maybe can let the waiter know you want your pad thai noodles cooked al dente next time ;)

J2Kfm said...

wah, that's indeed paying a royal price. very the premium lah ...
no wonder you commented RM1 per fish cake's a steal!

jessie chen. said...

unka: hmm good question, maybe i shall ask, if i go again

j2kfm: yeah la, rm 1 where to find!!?

CUMI & CIKI said...

love your second shot joe.. heck love all the shots!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: thank yew my dear..

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