A sanctuary type Thai restaurant, Ruen Mallika, set in the 100-year old historical house surrounding with its leafy garden, hiding in the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit Soi 22. Gastronomic heritage of Thai food is always a magical combination of pungency, freshness, aroma and color; and that is what we shall be expected for a superb Thai meal.
Ruen Mallika menu is extensive from Royal Thai cuisine to rare recipes, this is where you can eat dok mai tempura or deep-fried battered flower; and this was the reason we ate here. Helpful photo menu was available to help foreigners in the ordering; however, unfortunately the recipes were also obviously toned-down to please the foreigner’s palates, some dishes were even bland in taste.
Our first dish was of course the Dok Mai Tempura (deep-fried battered orchid), innovative but not impressive in taste.
Followed were the Krathong Thong (crispy rice cup with Thai tidbits), and Yum Makhuea Yaao (spicy salad with charcoal barbequed/smoked eggplant). The eggplant was not evenly smoked and the dish was too salty while lacking of the balance of sweet sour bitter and spicy.
Moving on were four main dishes to accompany rice. We had Choochee Goong (fried prawn in red curry and coconut cream), and Plaa Samlee Tord (deep-fried king fish with green mango sauce), the dipping sauce was a bit salty. Also Tum Kha Gai (chicken spicy coconut soup), the coconut chicken soup with coconut milk, galangal, and lemongrass were not balanced well and too creamy, and Pad Hed (stir-fried assorted mushroom).
Dessert was pretty ok compare to others. We tried the Coconut Ice Cream, and Chilled Durian Bowl.
At the end of a night, the most important thing should be the taste, not the variety. So Ruen Mallika is pretty weak in having us a return to the restaurant in the near future, although we received warm and sincere service during our dinner.
Our Ratings (1 to 5 the higher the better): Ruen Mallika has [3.4]
(Ratings are based on Food, Service and Ambience, with Price taken into account in relation to Quality) Food =3, Service=4, Ambiance=4, Money Worth=2.5
Price range for two without drinks (incl. local water) in Thai Baht = BBBB
(B=below 200, BB=201-500, BBB=501-1,000, BBBB=1,001-2,000, BBBBB=over 2,000)
Details: open daily 11am-11pm
Ruen Mallika Thai Restaurant, 189 Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok 10110; Tel.: 02-6633211; http://www.yentafo.com