Plush stylishness permeates every corner of this contemporary Thai restaurant that launched this past month at PJ's Plaza 33, a buzz-worthy 21st-century reincarnation of the venerable Barn Thai that previously was a pioneering name at the 1 Utama mall.
Barn Thai currently opens only in the evenings, dishing out Thai tapas that the after-work crowd will be chuffed to share, from basil chicken wraps (RM12 before taxes) ...
... to corn fritters (RM12) ...
... & cups of sweet-&-sour crunchy vermicelli (RM12), all served pretty promptly by Barn Thai's friendly team.
Heartier fare range from khao soi (RM19), Chiang Mai's crispy noodles in a creamy curry with chicken & soft noodles at the base of the bowl for further textural contrast ...
... & the needs-no-introduction 'pad thai' (RM19), a nicely executed rendition here.
Come for the cocktails too: Barn Thai is set to surprise with 'molecular cuisine' cocktails that comprise components like popcorn & peanuts. For a start, this "Hot & Cold" (RM48), served in a smoke-clouded container, is a super-tasty concoction with vodka, absinthe, grapefruit, lemon juice & rosemary.
Vodka shooters in tubes stuffed with real watermelon, with the fruit soaking up the liquor.
Beer Mojito with Heineken is available, as is wine by both the bottle & the glass.
Even Barn Thai's restrooms are worth visiting; they're beautifully lush, not a typical description for a restaurant's loo.
Follow the gleaming stallion; it'll lead you to Barn Thai's entrance.
Barn Thai Restaurant & Bar
Ground Floor, Plaza 33, Jalan Kemajuan, Petaling Jaya. Beside the Jaya 33 mall.
Daily, 5pm-1am or even later. Kitchen closes really late. Tel: 03-7932-2233
This restaurant is available for bookings under TABLEAPP, which enables customers to make instant reservations at Malaysia's top restaurants, while saving time and money in the process. Reserve your table at this restaurant by clicking here.
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