I have been hearing a lot of good things about the food at different restaurants of Leela Ambience be it Dilli-32, Mei Kun or Cafe Knosh. Finally, I got a chance to visit the hotel for its Thai Food Festival. The festival was inaugurated by the Thai Ambassador Mr Chutrintorn Gongsakdi.
I visited Thailand four months back after a week-long vacation and since then I was craving for the atmosphere of the Thai streets, the mouthwatering aromas and the sight of amazing street food being cooked in front of you. I really liked the way the hotel staff has tried to bring alive the aura of the Thai streets by working so well with the decor on their terrace. I already fell in love with the wheel carts and the colourful lamps.
The delicacies were prepared by Chef Veer Pratap Singh and to assist him there was Leela Gurgaon’s Thai Master Chef kanyaphat Faisai. The authenticity of the food was uncompromised and it tasted exactly the same it tasted in Thailand. The salads and the satays were excellent. You can still get Som Tam (raw papaya salad) at a lot of places in Delhi but it is really hard to get other salads like Yum Som O (a spicy salad made from Thai tropical fruit Pomela) and some other variety of salads made using glass noodles and prawns.
I loved their Satays esp. the prawn and chicken. The sauces accompanying all the snacks were spot on in the flavour. In snacks too I as served mostly prawn preparations. Goong Sarong ware giant sized prawns wrapped in yellow noodles. I love the crispness of the fried noodles and it went well with the chilli garlic sauce it was served with. Thodman Koong was like fish cakes but was made from prawns I loved the extremely soft texture of the fish cakes. Since they were deep fried, the outer layer was crisp. All in all, it was pure heaven and my favourite dish of the evening.
I was a bit disappointed with the steamed fish and the main course preparations were also not impressive except the Prawn Thai Red Curry and Mushroom Pad Thai. The desserts were fresh fruit based, being a true representation of Thai food culture. I simply loved the fresh mango ice cream topped with fresh lychees.
I would rate this meal 8 out of 10 and it’s the overall experience that will ensure that your evening is well spent. I would again say that go for the prawn dishes as the quality of prawns used was high and they tasted really fresh. It’s on until 31st Jan.