Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Issaya Siamese Club

SL introduced Issaya after her wonderful experience dining here. This restaurant is located at a rather quiet street of Bangkok. It was alright for us as our Uber driver got us here with no issues. Thank goodness for Google Maps!

We were seated downstairs - I requested for a corner table with better lighting but we were placed right in the middle. It did not really matter but it makes me wonder if they actually read our request? It wasn't a big deal, just stating the fact we've booked it a month ahead and yet they did not acknowledge our request. The place was not full to begin with.

Later, I've read somewhere that they have seats upstairs as well. Not sure how it looks like but it is apparently much more comfortable! I guess it all depends on individual. Never mind about the seats, food is more important.

Pork Salad / Kor Moo Yang (THB380)

This appealed to me as I was searching for what's good in Issaya. The ingredients were all prepared beforehand and the mixing of the salad is done in front of your table.

Very tender grilled pork! The aroma of it when it arrived... Makes me feel like eating it even before they prep the salad!

Trying out my new GoPro, which obviously didn't work well at night. :(

Take a break from the "cooking show". Over to the drinks, I had just one cocktail, the Pandan Cooler (THB330). It wasn't a good cocktail - pandan juice itself is supposed to be refreshing but I felt anything but refreshing. The Ice Lemongrass Mint (THB150), well it's just a fancier ice lemon tea with a hint of lemongrass which is actually an excellent thirst quencher! I was skeptical about the cocktails so I didn't want to risk another glass so I've decided to settle with water.

After about 5 minutes of preparing, we finally got our plate of salad. Honestly, the plating is not great at all. It's the overall of how they prepare it and the taste that makes this dish fantastic. You can tweak it to be less spicy to suit your taste bud. I tasted everything in this dish - salty, sour, spicy and sweet. It is so appetising that it deserves to be ordered by everybody who visits!!!

Green Curry Soup / Kaew Wam "like-a-soup" Goong (THB380)

Another dish prepared at your table.

Surely this has some influence from the Koreans to use the hot stone bowls. Because the stone bowl is piping hot, they are able to cook some of the ingredients in front of us (including prawns!) without needing a stove. The green curry soup is already prepared beforehand in the little kettle.

So much effort and the actual portion is quite small. It's the tiny little bowls as huge as our palms.

As for the taste - it is something different. It's not the usual thick and rich green curry texture, it is just like a soup as stated in the menu. The texture is watery but the taste is rich. Very rich in green curry and herbs. This dish is not spicy, probably just a hint of chilli. The prawns are a little too small, just bite size. The soup is a little too salty for my liking. It's a little confusing for me - I like the presentation, I like the first few sips of it but not when it is cold as the saltiness becomes more prominent. I may not consider this as something to order again.

Wok Sauteed Short Grain Rice with "Hed Por" (THB280)

Mixed with different grains, you'll find some mushrooms and kidney beans topped with garlic flakes and truffle oil. The truffle oil smells so good it immediately got me on. To some extend, I felt the smell is just to boost the existence of Chiang Mai mushrooms in this dish! Nevertheless, it is really good mixture of flavours, I could have this as a standalone dish instead of mixing it with curries. If you're going in a party of two, it is not advisable to have it as the portion is very huge. The bowl is as huge as the usual Korean hot stone bowls so the portion is enough to feed 3-4! It's a great dish to try, but still, I will not recommend if you're a small eater - this will create a lot of wastage! Please remember that someone, somewhere in the world is suffering from food deprivation. Do not order something you cannot finish.

Beef Panang Curry / Panaeng Nua (THB690)

This dish was highly recommended and advertised by various channels. This is a big miss for me. The beef is not cooked with the curry so there is no curry flavour at all despite being very tender. The beef had to be eaten with a spoonful of curry otherwise it has this really bad after taste. We finished it anyway as I could deal with this by pouring more curry on the beef before eating it. This item did not taste like what most writers wrote about.... Rather disappointing.

Spicy Pork Baby Back Ribs with Issaya House-Blended Chilli Past / Kradook Moo Aob (THB380)

Apparently the pork ribs is the house specials as well, but I personally did not like it at all. The ribs are very tender - but the taste of the after taste of pork is the similar to the previous dish. It has strong pork flavours and the sauce did not blend in well. It was only on the surface level and the meat did not absorb the sauce. The saltiness on the top layer is so strong I just couldn't take it. The sauce was pure salty and no hint of spiciness at all. It was quite bad I really could not go ahead with this - we requested for a change. Manager dealt with it very quickly and got a new set of ribs for us.

Before she served, she explained that the sauce will be served separately. I would have never thought that the sauce is gone completely into a different bowl! So apparently the ribs aren't marinated and that's why the meat is quite tasteless. Well, I got naked pork ribs with "no clothes". :(

I could not even finish half of it... One is too salty, one is tasteless. All in all, we did not enjoy this at all. I feel sorry for not finishing my food but it was really difficult to consume. The manager understood our concerns and removed it from our bill. 

Cheesecafe with Mulberry Gelee and Chocolate Mousse / Tao Thong "Ladybug" (THB280)

I've ordered their signature coconut dessert but the manager served me this as a starter to our dessert. What a pleasant surprise! The cheesecake is very light and fluffy which makes it easy to consume!

Cold Coconut Crepe Souffle / Kanom Tung Taek (THB560)

Another dish that they will prepare in front of you. I swear this is their main selling point. Food are prepped in front of you and it is a very good experience!

Cut the story short, I have no clue how it will look like as it is different depending the person who prepares it for you. I wonder if we are able to do it together too, hmm!

After decorating the first few bowls, she asked us how did we find out about it, and how much do we know about this dessert. All I know is it's a pretty dessert and it's popular. Little did I know, it has another name called broken bucket. As she was talking about the broken bucket, I got a shock of my life when the entire chocolate ball dropped in front of us with a few pieces of coconut cakes that popped out along the dry ice effect that made it so magical. No wonder they call it the broken bucket!!

Mix the coconut cake with the cream at the side and coat it with coconut milk and shavings. I'm not sure why is that called a crepe, it's too thick to be a crepe or perhaps it's just another name. This is a dessert NOT to be missed!!! 

Some marshmallows to end the night!

I booked at least a month ahead to ensure I get to dine in one of Asia's Top 50. It's not the traditional Thai food that you expect - it's modern Thai fine fusion dining. It's a good brave move and it's no wonder that they score a place in Asia's Top 50. Also, the service is impeccable. The manager deserves an award, she made sure all her guests are comfortable and I noticed that she kept going around to check if everything is OK. She made us feel very welcomed and this is a huge plus point! Thank you again for Issaya, for the wonderful experience!

Issaya Siamese Club Bangkok
4 Soi Sri Aksorn
Chua Ploeng Road
10120 Bangkok
Opening Hours 
Daily 11.30am - 2.30pm; 6pm - 10.30pm
Email: (very useful for overseas reservation!)
Issaya's Page

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