I had only been to E San Kitchen once for dinner a few months ago ( I guess it's relatively new) and suggested we try this new Northern Thailand cuisine for lunch, located in Ara Damansara about a 2 minute drive away. (** Pictures were taken using my Nokia E66, so may not look as nice**).
It's difficult to find a thai restaurant with good Miang Kum in Malaysia - what more as a free appetizer - to start off our lunch.
(Miang Kum is an appetizer originally found only in the peasant regions of Thailand but now commonly sold as street food in all parts of that country. The term loosely translates to "savory bite". It consists of fresh leaves of spinach or other tender greens topped with a sweet sauce or chutney and a variety of flavorful Thai condiments. The entire bundle is eaten in one bite; chewing all the ingredients together creates what has been described as a flavor explosion! Crunchy roasted peanuts, salty dried shrimp, hot chilies, refreshing ginger, pungent shallots, sweet coconut, and piquant lime combine to make this one truly irresistible dish - as extracted from http://www.elliemay.com - they even have the recipe to make Miang Kum from this website)
Don't ever ask for 'less spicy' tom yum seafood here, as it will be served even without a hint of spiciness. The silly waiter recommended us this soup but cautioned that it is VERY SPICY. You can already tell by it's colour - but overall taste, I would rate it a 6 /10.
I'm generally not a fan of green curry but since Jimmy was, we had the green curry chicken. Not exceptionally great but ingredients were a plentiful. I felt that the curry was not thick enough.
However, I must say that they have a very unique and delicious egg salad. Reasonably priced at RM8 - it consists of omelettes laced with some fish sauce and topped with onions, spring onions, parsley. Very well done.
The aromatic seafood pineapple fried rice is a must try also - fried to perfection - not too oily, not too salty, plain tasty. Comes topped with cashews and raisins. Wah la...perfect cure for hunger.
And we ended our meal with the complimentary thai dessert.
This is somewhere worth trying if you're not too fussy about chic deco, top notch food, like huge portions and looking for some decent thai food as the location maybe a bit out of the way for those staying in Pee Jay or KL. Bill came up to about RM52 for the 2 of us.
They close on Wednesdays - we were told.
Address: G-G-5 Block G Jalan PJU 1A/3, Taipan 2, Ara Damansara, 47301 PJ
Phone: 03 78427368