This little Thai cafe along Albany highway near Dome has a name that reminds me of one of the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne, Ying Thai 2 (check it out here). Then comes the food unfortunately, which my sister tried once and said it was mediocre only. I was not satisfied with her comment and could not resist trying it which I ended up doing yesterday! Vil tagged along as it has been quite a while since I last met him! When we went into the restaurant, we were greeted by some fine smelling Thai fragrant which covered the entire eating place. Funnily enough, we were the only ones there at 1.30p.m. Hmmm, who were they cooking for?
We promptly attended to by the waiter who kindly asked us to call him when we were ready to order. We soon ordered and I asked for something that was not on their lunch menu. Well, they keen to kindly prepare my roast duck red curry which I love so much. Darling ordered chicken tom yam, Fishman ordered spicy chicken fried rice and Vil ordered the Pad Thai!
When my dish came out it looked pretty good. Pineapples, aubergine, capsicums, and tomatoes all of that in a rich and fragrant sauce with pieces of boneless roasted duck in it. When I first taste it, I though to myself, “Wow, this is actually pretty good,”. But when I had my first bite into the duck, I was disappointed. The meat was actually tough, as if the duck has been undercooked. I would normally expected it to be tender and soft, but it turn out otherwise :(! The taste was good but a bit sweet. Perhaps this was because this dish was only meant to be available at night but they prepared it for me during lunch!! What surprised me more was the difference between the red curry chicken and beef @ $8.80 while the duck curry cost $16.90. Shocker really. But the worst was yet to come.
Darling’s beaming face went to an all time low when she was served little Ying Thai’s tom yam soup because it tasted as if tom yam paste was used instead of fresh ingredients! Real bummer without a doubt! Vil found his pad Thai “ok” BUT he liked the one at S & T a lot more. And then comes YH fried rice which he says its way too oily. Overall, you can see that my sister is right here. Goddamit I should have trusted her. This restaurant definitely get a PASS but not even a CREDIT if it was an examinable unit!