Thursday, May 15, 2014

Trumpet: Bangkok Street Eats @ Ara Damansara

Sound the trumpets for this likeable new Thai restaurant, which showcases the skills of chefs Sukmee & Pimchanok, both reputedly veterans of Bangkok's well-established Greyhound Cafe.

Trumpet hits the familiar & pleasant notes of Thai cooking, serving reasonably enjoyable renditions of everything from opening riffs of prawns stuffed in crunchy spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce (RM12 before taxes), fried fish cakes, pandan chicken ...

 ... fresh-tasting grilled squid (RM18), river prawns, chicken or beef ...

 ... to a soupy interlude of 'tom kha kai' (RM16), comprising chicken with coconut milk, coriander, mushrooms & galangal ...

 ... to a finale of classic curries including the beloved green (RM18 for chicken, RM20 for beef). Spices here seem a bit muted, which nonetheless works well for those of us with a low threshold for fieriness.

Our personal favourite, the massaman (RM20 for beef); Trumpet's version is not as nutty as expected though.

Veggies span the likes of morning glory stir-fried with garlic & oyster sauce (RM14) & kailan with salted fish.

 Can't go wrong with pad thai, fairly priced at RM14 & nice enough. What could elevate Trumpet further might be more nuances & complexity in the cooking; these flavours could still stand to leap out more strongly.

 Lemongrass juice & Thai iced tea. Desserts are available, ranging from tab thim krob to banana fritters with grated coconut & mango with sticky rice; maybe we'll order those next time, but this sufficed for this round.

Trumpet blares open at 11:45 a.m. & winds down at 10:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; it's located amid the shop-houses that face the main roads around Oasis Ara Damansara.

Shouldn't neglect to note the elephant-themed decor here; a truly nice touch.

 Trumpet: Bangkok Street Eats
A-G-08, Oasis Square, 2, Jalan 1A/7A, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7859-0773

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24 comments:

  1. The 'tom kha kai' looks good...I m all for less spicy lor =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i prefer that to tom yam (which is also available here) ... and the lower level of spices was a relief for me, heh :)

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  2. I love the food here. Real authentic Thai food. It's a must try definitely.

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    1. Z10 user: nice to hear you like this place too :)

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  3. Would be great if they are opening here in Penang! My legs go jelly looking at the squids....

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    1. Ken: hope you get a good meal of thai food (or at least some grilled squid) soon to satisfy those cravings! :D

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  4. Thai!!!! Ooooo...I like!!! Everything looks so so so nice. Drooling all over!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yay for a good thai meal, ya :)

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  5. I love elephants, Sean, and this really caught my attention!!! :)

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    1. Linda: oh yes, the elephant theme is a fun & distinctive touch :)

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  6. I'm seeing drinks served in glass jars everywhere. I'm starting to wonder though whether or not people are really recycling, or if it has become an industry in itself and they're buying them brand new?

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    1. The Yum List: that's an interesting point that you've raised ... i'm guessing that some recycle, some buy them new, but i have no idea in what proportion :)

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  7. Ah... thai food for the low-tolerance of sour + spicy thai. The prices are fair for the other dishes but really high for veg!

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    1. Rebecca: oops! i made a typo! thanks, have just fixed it. it's actually RM14 for the veggie :D

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  8. Cute name :) The massaman curry looks nice.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i like the name too :D and i try to order massaman curry whenever available :)

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  9. I love Thai food, the spicier, the better. Hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, i guess i like thai food too, but in the opposite direction ... the less spicy, the better for me, heheh :)

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  10. The clean & white interior attract me more than the food :P

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    1. Choi Yen: i like the clean lines and the artwork and colours :D

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  11. oOhh those squids, they are calling my name! Love the colorful elephants lah!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, the squid dish was nice and fresh :) also am a fan of the elephants! :)

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  12. I am really glad I have found this info. Image itself impressed me a lot. A very interesting read and a great post all together.
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  13. Placed has closed. Another one bites the dust. Sad!

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