Address: Cenotaph Road, Opposite Lanson Toyota, Teynampet.
Thai food always manage to blossom novel taste and essence to the food experience. But I am always sceptical while choosing food in Asian Cuisine; because you either love or hate the flavours and there is never a two-way/neutral point. The food speaks for itself. Their choice of spices, ingredients, cooking process and flavour combinations have always amazed me. I was delighted to dine at Absolute (Abs) Thai even after looking at their pricing as it was a friend's treat (thanks to the friend, who doesn't want his name to be revealed).
Tom Kha Soup Veg - The coconut soup almost stew's consistency with a pinch of spice tasted "Brilliant". Was amazed again seeing the usage of unique vegetables. The craving for more makes it a definite winner. Slurrp!
Tom Yum Talay - Seafood lovers enjoyed the soup thoroughly but my choice is the Veg Coconut one.
Veg: Khoa Pod Tod Namprikpow & Tohu Bai Toey - The crispy rice tartlets basket with roasted chilli baby corns bursted out of flavours. Wasn't ready to share but didn't have much options; Best one! The latter, tofu wrapped in pandan leaf and fried wasn't good. If you aren't a tofu fan just forget this. A chunk of tofu that is fried and tastes perfectly bland. Even the sauces couldn't save them from the misery. Opting for the same dish with Chicken would be good as I have tried it before and it tasted great.
|Tofu and Chicken Grilled|
Khao Phat Bai Gaprou Veg - The spicy Thai basil rice was packed with flavours. They never really need a curry but till the droolicious Thai-green curry is a good match.
Khao Nung - What could possibly go wrong with steamed rice! Nothing :-D
Kaeng Kiew Wan Veg - The gravy consistency and aroma speaks volume for their excellence in Thai cuisine. Taste-worthy green curry which I enjoyed in recent times! Curry & Rice - that's comfort food for me!
Kaeng Ped Goong - Thai red curry with prawns; another must try. If you aren't a prawn fan then go for other picks but the gravy again stole the show.
Lad Na Gai - Never liked gravy noodles so I happily skipped the dish. Others did enjoy the soupy-chicken noodles; but this dish was just a runner after unanimous victory of the curry.
A sip of lemon grass tea to cleanse our palate before indulging into the dessert.
|Lemon Juice and Tea|
Breaking Down Points
Location & Parking: Good. Easy to find and spacious enough for vehicles to relax.
Ambience: Good. Scores well. Sticks well to their restaurant theme.
Food Variety: Good. Upper hand with non-veg dishes but the vegetarians won't be disappointed with the choices.
Taste: Positive. The show stopper! Taste stole the show.
Quality: Positive. A added gem to their crown. Loved the presentation and quality of ingredients used.
Quantity: Average. They have to think about increasing the portion size for the price they charge. Sharing wouldn't be a good option here.
Service: Good. Prompt and attentive, no grumble.
Pricing: Ok. "Expensive" is a tag they carry all along. Considering the food and prices at similar Thai restaurants in Chennai; yes, it seems okay.
My Favourites: Tom Kha Soup, Khoa Pod Tod Namprikpow, Thai Green and Red Curry.
So my Verdict!
Absolute Thai. Almost flawless journey into the Thai cuisine. They definitely deserve a crown as a token of appreciation for their food, taste, quality and service. The trouble arises when we take our most-precious paper/card (money) from the wallet. You can't avoid the damage incurred but it's worth it. Hope the portion size is changed which can add happiness. I felt with happy tummy! Spectacular Thai show.
P.S. The write-up is based on my food palate & dining experience during my restaurant visit. Remember, no two person's palate can be same.
One Flabbergasting Thai Food Experience - Absolute Thai - Restaurant Review Reviewed by Divya Srinivasan on 15:23 Rating: