Friday, December 16, 2011

Ala Thai

This comfortable Thai restaurant looks pretty promising, but its food needs work.

We tried a trilogy of curries here, blasting off with chicken panang curry. The best praise we could offer this: it wasn't loaded with MSG. But it was otherwise bland & banal.

Seeing red (redux): Massaman beef curry with potatoes & peanuts. Disposable; the peanuts tasted second-rate, while the beef was distressingly gamy.

Curry fatigue sets in: roasted duck red curry with kaffir lime leaves, cherry tomatoes & diced pineapples. The worst of the bunch _ only the most skeletal cuts of a pitiably emaciated duck could be found, featuring scarce meat.

Claypot prawns with glass noodles. The saving grace, satisfyingly hearty & flavorsome.

Thai omelet with herbs & crab meat. Kinda like nasi pattaya, but without rice. Frankly, even the herbs & crab promised on the menu seemed missing.

Thai beer is available, but not wine of any kind, for now.

Teething troubles? Maybe; let's hope things take a turn for the better soon.


Ala Thai,
Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
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25 comments:

  1. The restaurant setting looks nice but pity abt the food.

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  2. Baby sumo: yeah, also many of the items that we wanted to order were unavailable, including BBQ dishes & seafood...

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  3. duck curry sounds so promising but too bad it's lousy cut huh. pity

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  4. KY: yeah, dunno whether to fault the kitchen or whoever purchased the ingredients for the disappointing food...

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  5. I prefer My Elephant for Thai food

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  6. Ramblings: a safer bet, definitely!

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  7. Thai? Wow, what make you want to try that?
    EDKL full of surprise these days! LOL

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  8. bland curry> ddid they forgo the salt? or not enough spices?

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  9. What a shame. The setting looks pretty. I appreciate how you've always got your eye on what drinks are available too. :-)

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  10. Ummm the table clothes made the look of the dining tables look like beds.
    Maybe it's just me :p

    Ummm, not affected by your impression about the food, the dishes in those photos seem to be pretty fatty :p im just not a big fan of soupy curry oily foods.

    But it's nice that you went there and shared with us your experience

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  11. Oh dear.. what a pity! I was going to rejoice seeing that you blog about Thai food and I love spicy food ;) Next time perhaps! hehe

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  12. I spied this place while we were opposite at Ichiban Boshi the other night. I think I will stick to my stall at SS2 Wai Sek Kai for my quick fix;)

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  13. CK: heheh, actually i think my friend wanted to have thai food that night, not me! but surprises can be pleasant, right :D
    Michelle: i think it was a one-dimensional flavor. definitely needed seasoning, herbs, spices, etc =)

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  14. The Yum List: yeah, it's sad when the setting is much nicer than the food. heheh, my eyes usually wander to the cocktail menu before i look at the food list :D
    Rad: ooo, u're right. the tablecloth kinda feels like a bedding/blanker pattern. yeah, i enjoy creamy, flavorsome curries, but the ones here just failed =)

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  15. Iamthewitch: yaaa, now i need to find some good thai food to help me remember what a delicious thai duck curry tastes like! :D
    Unkaleong: heh, wise man! though maybe i should check back with this place in a few months. it might actually improve with time! =)

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  16. Hmmm will you go to an Indonesian restaurant soon? :)

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  17. well, hopefully they know what they have to do to save the restaurant!

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  18. Hmmmmm... Awesome food but subpar service is ok for new restaurants but it's such a pity when it's the other way around :(

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  19. Rad: hmmmm, i'd like to! hopefully soon, ya =)
    Eiling: if they wait too long, it might be too late! :D
    J: ya, that's so true. i feel kinda guilty for spreading the negative word-of-mouth too =)

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  20. But not just Ayam Penyet :p hehe
    Hope to see you blog about foods outside Malaysia when you go for a holiday!

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  21. Rad: oops, there's an ayam penyet outlet just a 10-minute walk from my office! I should blog about that first :D oh yeah, I think there'll be outside-Malaysia food posts in February. Cross fingers :D

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  22. Chis, won't even waste my time, esp with places like

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  23. Ciki: heheh, my philosophy is 'belum cuba, belum tahu' ... so i try to 'cuba,' even though the outcome might be disastrous, heheh :D

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  24. Hello to all ..Im Chef Que Rashid ,the new Operation Manager of Ala Thai Restaurant ..Thanks for coming & posted a good comments here for our improvement ..if there any questions please do not hesitate to call me to get any info for our promotions +6012 9231583 ..

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    1. Hi, i can't get to call Ala Thai, can you provide me the contact number? i want to make reservation.

      joeyleow83@gmail.com

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