Wednesday, March 23, 2011
BANGKOK AMAZING GOURMET
Dine at White house
Feuang Nara - the most recent addition to Silom already bland Thai restaurant scene, turns out to be the kind of unnecessary to exist.
The house painted in white is beautiful. The interior is smart. The owners are friendly. The vibe is comforting. But, not the food! Does mom always says - don't judge someone by his/her/its appearance (and the "it" applies to Feuang Nara), that will save some disappointment.
1. larb moo (spicy Issan ground pork salad) THB 120+
(the first dish, not impressive, neither bad, it is average)
2. yum wunsen (spicy glass noodle salad with seafood) THB 85+
(my nightmare of the night begins, the salad, normal bad though not extra bad)
3. one of Feuang Nara specialty, deep-fried prawn in tamarind sauce, THB 350+
(prawn over-cooked, sauce sweet but no aromatic, one of my most favorite sauce -
ma-kam tamarind sauce, totally spoiled in the hand of Feuang Nara's chef)
4. stir-fried baby corn in oyster sauce, THB 75+
(cheap oyster sauce, one taste, salty; baby corn were rotten, high-so place use of garbage-grade ingredients; no anti-diarrhea pills provided as amuse-bouche)
5. hor-mok NZ mussels (steam curry souffle with minced fish), THB 250+
(sorry to say that, any roadside hor-mok vendors serve better minced fish curry souffle)
6. another house specialty (OMG), deep-fried sea bass with herbal dressing, THB 350+
(too small fish fillet dice for my big mouth; taste? bland, so bland, too bland, very bland)
7. tom-kha-gai (Thai galangal and coconut cream soup with chicken), THB 120+
(ready-made tom-kha-gai pack found in supermarket tastes more authentic than this)
8. tom-yum-goong (Thai spicy sour and spicy soup with prawn), THB 150+
(arguably best shot of the night, didn't kill my palate, thanks Feuang Nara has mercy)
On my second visit, the restaurant even over-charged approx. THB 500 (found out after I checked the bill at home) out of THB 1,804. I sent my personal aide to hear for a reason. The answer is - lack of experience and a workable billing system. My aide therefore was benefited from a glass of very delicious (he said) icy cold mango smoothie and a 15% discount VIP card (and the refund, of course). To me, not convincing enough since the restaurant is already in full (charged) operation.
Since Feuang Nara has a charming interior, friendly owners, and pleasant wait-staffs, I will revisit them later the year, to see if there is any improvement. My opinion is, Feuang Nara shall get rid of the current chef (with so-called prior hotel working experience; what hotel? love hotel perhaps!) before this charming restaurant vanished from the Silom restaurant scene.
I like this restaurant, but just couldn't stand for her food. Sad!
Feuang Nara Thai Restaurant **3/4
69 Narathiwas Rachanakarin Road, Soi 3
Silom, Bangkok 10500
Open daily : 11 am - 10 pm
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,200