It’s got to be known by now, that apart from Italian food I will give anything for a good plate of jasmine steamed rice and gaeng pananh curry. Its just soo good! Maybe its got to do with being a Mangalorean, and the likes of fish curry and rice for lunch is always a big YES! Just the combination of freshly ground coconut, curry spices and a good dose of getting your hands dirty mixing it up with boiled rice, for lunch…its heaven! Thai food finds its way to be similar to this type of Indian food (I’ll say), yet influenced a bit by the Far East!
Eating at Busaba Eathtai is more than just walking in to your average Thai food place. It strikes a great balance between warm and friendly staff, peaceful and serene interiors and beautiful Thai food! The pictures speak for themselves.
The weather was quite toasty and hence we decided to sit on the outside. overlooking the Jumeirah Beach. Receiving pretty much the same kind of service, we were dying to try out something new in the menu. Now a good restaurant of a Thai cuisine is one that serves a good panang curry. Many a times its either too creamy (flavored cream to be honest), or just watery. However, another good factor of judgement is to order the Pad Thai and see how good that is.
While toasty the weather was, we though of calling for some ice teas! Being a fan of lemongrass, I called for the Chantara Cooler and a Horapho Mojito. Lovely as I expected, the Chantara was a refreshing blend of Lemongrass syrup, lime juice and a freshness boost of cucumber soda! The mojito (of course full of ice) had a nice taste of curry thanks to the basil leaves, and an interesting twist of apple and ginger juice!
Cooling off with our drinks, we called for the “much-talked-about” start of Thai Calamari Rings. Now Busaba does an interesting twist here. Instead of sticking to the traditional batter fried rings, the batter here is slightly spiced and served with a string of fresh green peppercorns. Believe me, this is not as spicy as you think, but it is indeed a beautiful combination! So much that I had to get two shots of it!
We then moved on to main course, where we ordered a nice plate of Pad Thai (with Prawns and Peanut) and a Stir Fried Ginger Beef. Yes it did sound a bit of a Chinese dish, however, the addition of mushrooms and chili completely changed it! Of course, the beef was tender, and when combined with ginger – always tastes great! The chili, you may think, is actually spicy, but is bearable! With a rustic addition of spring onions, this was definitely amazing!
The Pad Thai, on the other hand, was amazing! Perfectly balanced with prawns, dried mushrooms, tofu as well as egg, and topped with beansprouts, this dish had that perfect “vinaigry” taste as all Pad Thais should! Don’t think there’s much more I can say about it…except that its definitely a must have!
Yes, by now we were quite full! So we mustered up some place in our bellies and tried out the deserts, which we hoped would complete our meal. Now ending a Thai meal obviously calls for two things – A Thai Ruby and a Mango with Stick Rice! So we called for the same. The Thai Ruby, while nice, was slightly disappointing in some aspects. It was just too off and somehow kept forcing us to finish it quickly. Yes, it was good and beautifully presented in a stained glass, but for some reason – it was just too watery!
A Mango with Sticky Rice somehow always takes the cake! Always! Neatly cut pieces of sweet Mango with Warm Sticky Rice, I needn’t say more. This was just amazing and definitely completed our meal at Busaba Eathai!