Last night, M had to be coaxed into going out for dinner. A new Thai place opened up on my street and I've been pouring over their promotional paper menu, salivating at the thought of Tom Yum soup and Green Curry. My craving reached a peak last night and I just had to have some. M reluctantly joined me after I offered to pay for most of the meal.
Upon entering Rama Thai, I was struck by the prominently placed, large-framed poster of the Taj Mahal. Looking around, the decor was unquestionably Indian. Several smaller framed Taj Mahals, elephants and other Indian kitsch adorned the walls. But the waiter was Bangladeshi, which is typical here in Lavapiés since most Indian restaurants are actually run by the Bangladeshis.
But wait, didn't I come in for Thai food? Turns out the this used to be an Indian restaurant but the competition was too stiff so they changed their menu to become the only Thai place on the street. This made me immediately suspicious about the quality and authenticity of the food. Our waiter assured me that the chef had spent 10 years in Thailand cooking Thai food. So we ordered the soup that compelled me to come here in the first place and a chicken green curry. The Tom Yum soup was tasty but expensive. For 4.5 euros, I wanted a larger bowl. What I got was a small bowl stuffed with 3 prawns and 6 thick slices of ginger. The green curry was fine.
Overall, I'd say that the menu is overpriced and Indian decor is off-putting when you've come in for a Thai meal. This incongruence doesn't sit well with me. Call me old-fashion but I think that the decor and the food should complement each other not clash and confuse. Besides, it makes me wonder, if a restauranteur can't be bothered with changing something as basic as the decor, what does that say about their attention to detail in the kitchen? What further put me off was the rumbling and gurgling in my belly afterwards. Seems the soup didn't sit well with me either. I don't think I'll be back. My search for good tom yum in the barrio will continue....