Absolute Thai Garden @ The Gardens, Mid Valley

At the 3rd floor of The Gardens lies this Absolute Thai outlet that’s part of the Absolute Thai franchise.

In the restaurant, a modern decor that doesn’t exactly project the “Thai” image. :P You could change it to Robbie’s Diner and it’ll still be as cosy as it is.

Bangkok Famous Wrapped Kway Teow with Minced Chicken (RM 16.90) was the first dish to arrive and it was delicious as it is, even without having to dip the sauce provided. I think the name alone is enough to give you an idea on what it tastes like. Don’t worry, the minched chicken isn’t some dried fried chicken chunks as it is served with some special marinate.

Stir-fried Kangkung with Belacan (RM 15.90) is probably the most expensive Kangkung dish we’ve ever ordered, it’s also the spiciest kangkung dish I’ve ever had. Taste wise it’s good overall, a salty and spicy touch to an otherwise common vegetable.

Next up is the Spicy Tom Yam Soup (RM 14.90), you have a choice of either prawn or seafood, with clear or red base tom yum. The price is the same regardless of your choice. We went with prawns with red base tom yam and my goodness, the tom yam is very rich in flavor and I couldn’t ask for a better one. Just the right mix of a tom yam’s spicy and sour taste, with fresh prawns to go with it.

The famous “Weeping Tiger” (RM 29), doesn’t mean we ate tiger meat but it’s probably because the tiger is crying that we took the beef from it. :P Anyway, this dish is basically sliced Australian beef served on a sizzling hot plate. :) Delicious? You bet, well marinated and tender beef, soaked in the oily goodness of the oil that seeps from the sizzling meat.

Last of our main course comes the Steamed Siakap with Chillies, Garlic and Lime Sauce (RM 49).

The fish was fresh and the gravy was tasty, despite the lengthy description, they could’ve just named it “tom yam” and get away with it.

As for dessert, Red Ruby Waterchestnuts in Coconut Milk (RM 8.90) which is a good way to end this spicy adventure.

Good place to try? Yes of course! Just make sure you’re willing to put up with the price which is on the high side but we think it’s well worth it.

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