Eat Thai, Bandra's new Thai eatery needs to sort a few problems out if they wish to do justice to their steep pricing
Thai ice tea and Thai burger — these two items on Eat Thai’s menu had us very excited when we dropped by this new Bandra eatery that claims to offer ‘Modern Thai Comfort Food’.
Phad Pik Kai Sriracha. Pics/Nimesh Dave
At the onset, the interiors didn’t really wow us. It had the done-to-death exposed-brick walls with rugged metal chairs to reiterate the industrial chic theme; not cool anymore, really. We hoped for the food to make up for it (they offer gluten-free dishes too). We started with Cha Yen (Rs 150), supposedly Thai ice tea, which according to the menu comes in different flavours such as vanilla and strawberry. When we asked our attendant for the vanilla option, we were told they just have one flavour, ‘Thai’ flavour. After a discreet giggle, we asked for Phad Pik Kai Sriracha (Rs 395, all prices exclusive of taxes) and Phak Nam Prik (Rs 295).
The ice tea was a disaster, with no strong flavour to hold fort and being watery overall. Phak Nam Prik, our vegetarian starter was a plate of spicy crispy fried vegetables, which was at par with your usual crispy vegetables that come in comforting chilli-based sauces. Phad Pik Kai Sriracha was a dish that included stuffed chicken wings tossed in sriracha sauce was wiped off the plate instantaneously. Next, we ordered Gaeng Phed (Red Thai Curry with prawns (Rs 625)). The curry is served with a bowl of rice (which had zero seasoning). Our grouse: they served us chicken instead of prawns and though the curry was delicious, it was not different than the one served at any good restaurant for Rs 250. For vegetarian main course, we ordered Phad Thai Je (Rs 350), stir-fried noodles which had a good balance of hot and sweet with a sprinkle of peanuts. We waited till the end to order our burger, Eat Thai Burger Kai (Rs 395). A yum meaty patty, with cheese and mayo, we would have given the burger full marks, alas there was nothing Thai about it.
The interiors follow a done-to-death industrial theme
To add insult to injury, they served regular potato wafers on the side, which made the burger seem even less value-for-money.
Eat Thai isn’t cheap (almost '400 for a pseudo Thai burger plus several taxes), and we hope that this doesn’t serve as a spoiler for them as one can have comforting Chinese/Singapore/Thai (whatever you wish to call it) food a few blocks away, for far less.
At: Gasper Enclave, junction of St John’s and Pali Road, Pali Naka, Bandra (W).
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Eat Thai didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.