Are you so much in love with food that it feels like you are in an intimate relationship with it? Do you get these food cravings at anytime in the day? Does the idea of eating at your favorite restaurant feel orgasmic? Are you ready to explore uncharted paths to discover that special dish that will make you go “Yum!”?
If the answer to all the above is a Yes.Welcome you've reached the right place.
personally feels that there are two cuisines that Mumbai restaurants have not
been able to do justice to – Thai & Mexican. While we have made some
headway in Mexican, moving away from the fusion Gujarati sev & rajma
tacos with restaurants like Sanchos & Sammy Sosa, Thai is something we
still haven’t mastered.
I know we have the likes of Thai Pavilion by the Taj Group & Koh by
Kittichai. But if you have ever been to Thailand and had even the moderate
street Thai curry you will know that the sweet gravy served in the guise of Thai
curry here is bullshit. Not many Mumbai restaurants have got the intricacies of
this beautiful and flavourful cuisine right. So when I got an invite for JW
Marriott’s Asian restaurant – Spices, I went without any expectations.
Vir Sanghvi puts it, our definition of fast food is limited to the crap
that American chains serve us. If you want to know what yummy & nutritious
fast food is, one that does not taste like the tire of your car or the eraser of
your pencil – then Thai street food it is. Even the most moderate, small
roadside Thai hawker will serve you some of the most amazing dishes. Every
vendor specializes in that one dish – Som Tam (papaya salad) or Baked Fish, which will linger in your tastebuds forever.
Marriott has this Thai Street Food Festival going on. Did it fit in Culinary
Muse’ quest for authentic Thai Food in Mumbai, you are about to find out...
begin with the Som Tam – nutritious,
healthy, cholesterol free papaya salad. The solace of the chef making it fresh,
right in front of you is brilliant. You have to consume this fresh, immediately
after it’s made. The one at Spices matched all my check points. Fresh ingredients,
dried shrimp (yup this will tell you the authenticity of the dish) ground
peanuts that added the crunch. Sweet, sour, spicy tangy all in one bite!
were the starters –
Pandan Chicken- succulent
pieces of chicken wrapped in pandan leaf. Yummy and perfumed with lemon grass
Lemon grass chicken
– Had beautiful flavours to it
– a tad oily but delicious at the same time
Prawn Sesame seed
well done banana bhajjis, thai style
came the soups –
had the Prawn Tom Yum – this was
extremely fiery, would pass of as sambhar so stay away from it
live stations –
had 2 live stations, one for Phad Thai & The other one for Thai barbeque
Thai Barbeque Station
Phad Thai was delectable. Silky flat
noodle sheets stir fried with veggies, meat of your choices, yummy flavor
sauces, topped with egg. CM could’nt get enough of this
The Barbequed Meat
Barbeque Station too was brilliant –
beautiful fresh rock lobsters, mackerel, baby pomfret, & chicken sate. Nom
came the Thai Curry Station-
Green Thai Curry With Prawns
baskets of fresh ingredients – galangal, lemongrass, kafir leaves lay infront
and you can direct the chef to make your curry with the meat & veggies of
your choice. Now this is my ultimate test. If a restaurant can get its Thai
curry right, there is no doubt on their thai food capabilities.
tried the Green Thai Curry With Prawns – it was ------ wait------ for------it –
Immaculate! Not to sweet, not too tangy, full of balanced yet bold flavours. This
definitely falls under one of the best thai curries I have tasted in Mumbai.
Even if you don’t come here for the festival you must not miss the thai curry
Lobster Ka Prao with Thai Basil Rice
it with their sticky rice and you
know what it’s like to have a spa in your mouth.
the main course they also had the Lobster
Ka Prao – beautiful lobster pieces cooked in thai basil sauce was
the desserts –
Rambutan a delicious lichi like
Egg Custard was yummy. The
rest of the desserts were very ok, not great!
Street Food Festival is on till December 01st & costs
approximately 2300/- with unlimited beers.
But I would
suggest you go to Spices even for an a la cart meal if you can't catch the festival. On an average a meal would
cost Rs 2000 for 1 without alcohol.
Tip: Go there for the Phad Thai & Thai Curry with Sticky Rice
Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Mumbai
Tring Tring: 022
Timings: 7 PM
to 12 Midnight
Type: Asian, Thai, Malaysian,
Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese