Being a foodie, trying out various cuisines is always on top of my food list. Yesterday, I was invited to Mei Kun at Kempinski Ambience hotel, Delhi, for a preview of their Thai Food festival, which is to run between 10- 19 July. Read on for a quick preview, and don’t forget to give them a visit because this awesomesauce thing ain’t going on forever! 😉
The decor and ambience of a restaurant can make or break it for me, the moment I step in. Mei Kun has all the elements of fine dining, spread across quite a large area, and has the options of private and group dining alike. Lots of Asian elements in the decor make it a very comforting place to relish your meal in!
Visiting Chefs- Chef Kwan and Chef Fern have come down for this festival from Siam Kempinski, Bangkok, to personally give the diners the authentic taste of Thailand through their culinary expertise.
For the Thai Food festival, they have both a la carte and set menus.
We started off with the Thai Sweep cocktail– an interesting mix of vodka with fresh juices, lemongrass etc. Quite a nice one to have, this one is made from all fresh ingredients, so you might just have to wait for a few extra minutes for this beauty to reach your table. The Green Summer mocktail with cucumber, mint and sprite was very refreshing, and one of the finest cucumber drinks I’ve had!
Along with these, we were served rice and prawn crisps. Prawn crisps had a very subtle flavor & fragrance in them, and even those who normally don’t enjoy prawns’ fragrance would love having them.
Next came the appetizers.. From Yum Gai Yang (grilled chicken salad) to Goong Thod Kratium Prik Thai (fried shrimp with garlic and pepper) and Yam Som O (pomelo with veggies and chili), the appetizer platter is sure to leave you craving for more. Yam Som O was my personal favorite- sweet and spicy at the same time!
They do have pork too (Kor Moo Yang– Thai grilled pork neck), but I personally do not consume pork.
Next, I had the Tom Yung Goong soup- one of the finest Tom Yung Goong soups I’ve ever had. Very balanced in terms of the heat from chilis, and very fragrant from the lemongrass. Seriously, I’m craving again for this as I’m writing this review. Must must have!
Vegetarians can have the Tom Kha Pak soup with Thai chili paste, coconut and veggies. I did not try it, though.
For maincourse, we had a host of options to choose from. Evrything served with Khao Suay 🙂
(1)Broccoli Phad Prik Kratium really got us intrigued. Stir fried broccoli with flavors of chili and garlic was a stunner, despite being very simple on flavors. (2)Pad Thai Goong noodles with shrimp and eggs were nice and flavorful. (3)Musamum Gai, chicken in musamun curry with delicate sweetness from potatoes in the gravy was interesting, and one of my favorites from the main course. (4)Phak Boong Fai Daeng– morning glory or Thai spinach with yellow bean sauce was again a nice try. The flavors of the Thai Spinach were standing out even with the garlic and chili. For me, the star dish of the menu was (5)Pra Kra Pong Rad Prik– friend red snapper served on a bed of chili sauce with a hint of sweetness. Mind blowing! Very highly recommended!
One of the best parts of the entire meal was that they served jasmine tea all the time, to help cleanse the palate between the courses.
We finished off with two desserts- Kow Neuw Moon– the classic Thai dessert- sticky rice with a hint of coconut milk and fresh mango on the sides, and Klury Buad Chee– banana slices in coconut milk. Both these were nice (and looked surprisingly easy to replicate at home too), my personal favorite was Kow Neuw Moon.
Overall, I had one of my best experiences with Thai food till date at the Thai Food Festival at Mei Kun. If you love Thai food or want to try Thai food for the very first time, you shouldn’t miss out on this food festival at any cost. Make the best of this food festival till it lasts!
Thai Food Festival at Mei Kun, Kempinski Ambience Delhi
is between 10- 19 July, 2015. Dinner only.
Table reservation recommended!