Thursday, January 04, 2007

Sri Ayutthaya

This time, our dinner group re-visited Sri Ayutthaya...
(Some of the others had come here last year... and I had "borrowed" Lenny's review previously...)

This Thai restaurant has been around for ages and usually comes highly recommended as a slightly more expensive but delicious place for Thai food in the Bukit Damansara area....

The Dinner

The ambience there was nice, lots of wood and nice touches like little elephant statues, carvings and water features....
(Like a high-class Thai "kampung house" style):

A look at Sri Ayutthaya, inside and out.....

With any visit to a Thai restaurant, one "must have" is the Tom Yam soup so we started off with that:
The Mixed Seafood Tom Yum Soup

Strange....
I have heard that the Tom Yum soup here is nice but I really didn't like it...
It was oily, sweet and a bit thick VS. my ideal Tom Yam soup which should be "ching" (clear), sour and smooth.
There was a rather generous amount of seafood inside though, so no complaints there.

We ordered an array of mains to share... Thai Fish Cakes, Green Curry Chicken (no photo - sorry!), Red Curry Beef, Assam Fish and Deep Fried Calamari:

Clockwise from top left: The Deep Fried Calamari, Assam Fish, Red Curry Beef and Thai Fish Cakes

Overall, I like the Calamari the best. The batter was crunchy and light but the squid was tender, with a slight sour zing.
YUMMY!

The Green Curry Chicken was also ok as the sauce was thick and flavourful...
(It tasted excellent with the rice!)

The Thai Fish Cakes (which tasted like mushy "Otak-Otak"), Red Curry Beef and the Assam Fish were only ok.
Nothing particularly wrong with them... they just didn't knock my socks off.

At the end of dinner, there will be a waiter with a large desserts tray for you to choose from:
The dessert tray.....

Basically, other than the mango with glutinous rice, the little bowls show you the type of toppings you can choose to be added with the shaved ice and sugar syrup... There's quite a variety ranging from simple jellies to exotic fruits.

Here's what we chose (can't remember the names):
The desserts.....

I didn't think that they tasted that great...
(Basically, they're just like varietals of Ice Kacang except with less stuff in it)
They only cost about RM6 per bowl though, so it's ok as a simple and refreshing way to cool your tongue after all that spicy food.
:)

At the end of the night, I just couldn't help but feel a little disappointed since this place had always been recommended to me as a slightly overpriced but delicious place to eat Thai food....

Hmmmm, maybe it just didn't suit my taste buds? Or, perhaps I was expecting too much?
Oh well..... I suppose it's still worth a try if you want to dine at a Thai restaurant with a nice ambience in the KL area but I don't think I will be going back there anytime soon.

So, it's: Nice ambience, friendly waiters BUT hits & misses on the menu and the food's a bit pricey considering the quality and serving size.

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Sri Ayutthaya @ Bukit Damansara Heights
(Same row as Victoria Station in Damansara Heights)


Taste: 5.5
Ambience : 7
Service : 6
Price** : RM50++ per person
Parking: Painful if you get there after 7pm

** Approximation - "Sharing" style meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2094 2333
Opening Hours: 11am - late

NO PORK SERVED



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13 comments:

ShaolinTiger said...

God that place is expensive and not even very good.

De Chieng Mai ftw!

boo_licious said...

I've heard how super expensive it is hence I never even stepped into the place. Looks like it's a no go based on yr review.

J said...

to Shaolin Tiger:
*nods*
I'm totally with you there....
:)
I must try this De Chieng Mai place soon! Patrick and some others had tried it from your recommendation and they said it was nice.
(Too bad I missed out on that food trip though... *sigh*)

to boo_licious:
Yeah, it is seriously overpriced for that level of food quality and serving size!
Still, it'll be a good place to impress visitors with the nice ambience, I suppose.....
... OR if you like your Tom Yum soup oily and a bit sweet (yucks, btw)....

Merv Kwok said...

the last time i had thai, i had to do painful toilet hahhhaha

no more thai for me :P

J said...

to merv:
Eeeeee....
O_o
Yes, if it turns your tummy and bowels into a world of pain then please avoid it like the plague in future!

MeiyeN said...

O_o what a coincident! i did blog over thai food yesterday but not sri ayuthaya but sri thai :p

J said...

to meiyen:
Well, they say that great minds think alike!
Haha
;)

Xiu Long Bao said...

i tot the service is lousy. been there last year wiv my family n cousins (15 persons=RM900++). pricey for sure but the price is not commensurate wiv the quality of the food.

J said...

to xiu long bao:
Well, the service was ok on the night I was there....
(Oh no, sounds like their service there is very inconsistent then - good on one night and bad on another!)

Julian Si said...

It was terribly dissapointing I reckon, went there over the weekend ...

http://juliansi.blogspot.com/2008/03/sri-ayutthaya-thai-damansara-heights.html

At least afters at Bangkok Jazz (Raja Chulan) was MUCH betta :-)

J said...

to julian si:
Ah well - they can't all be good...
If not we'll all have a lot of trouble deciding where to eat and we'll probably get very fat too!
:)

Anonymous said...

i was lookin at the review for this restaurant and come acrosss ur blog. Im glad that someone else share my not so good reviw of the outlet. Albeit the ambience, the food is not 'beyond ordinary' but just a tad bit ordinary. The Pandan chicken was very salty and burnt, the kangkung belacan was sweet and a put off, the tomyam could hv been and street side tomyam fare, the calamari rings hard and rubbery, the rice overcooked and mushy, the kerabu lacked its zing, the watermelon neat was like the size of baby feed and the mango in the glutinous rice was unripe and failed to give that usual oomph. I felt robbed. only perhaps the fried talapia was the only consolation.

J said...

to anonymous:
Oh no...
When did you eat there?
(Hmmm, so they havent improved in time then? That's sad! - they've been around for so long...
(I haven't been back since 2007 actually..)

(On another note: Cool. Our taste buds are similar! Do you have a blog? Then I can scout out some new restaurants to try... )

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