Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thai-rrific food @ Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion Restaurant, Kota Damansara

Last year the blogosphere was flooded with posts on Erawan, a Thai restaurant located in Kota Damansara, Selangor. In addition, it was voted as one of Top 5 Best Restaurants in Malaysia by The Miele Guide 2010/2011, alongside the likes of Sage and Cilantro (two of my favorite fine dining restaurants in KL so that says a lot about the food here), hence making it a must-go place for us. We had not had much experience with Thai food except for tom yum and Thai green/red curry, hence we were excited to try what this restaurant had to offer.

If you're planning to visit this restaurant, one thing you have to do is plan ahead. You will have to visit their website and make a selection of the dishes you would like and pre-order via email or telephone at least one day beforehand. The reason for this is because most traditional Thai dishes require a great deal of preparation and only one chef (Chef Korn) oversees and cooks all the dishes. Of course, you can walk-in but it is not recommended as the menu choice is limited and you may be politely turned away if they're busy (unless you're willing to wait as all the food are freshly prepared to order).

A real gem..

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were really wowed and impressed with the beautifully decorated restaurant. The place also has a very warm and cosy feel to it. With such a lovely and striking environment, dining here was very enjoyable. Service was also impeccable; Anan, who manages the restaurant is very friendly and would answer any query we had regarding the food.



Gorgeous flower arrangement

The restaurant is named after The Elephant God, Erawan so you will see many elephant decorations around the restaurant.



The interior design of the restaurant was done by the owners themselves. Impressive!



Beautiful handpainted mural on the wall


Beautiful lamp



When I emailed them to pre-order our food, I informed them that I would be bringing a child. I was impressed that they set out a children's plate and cutlery and laid out some coloring pencils and books specially for Baby C. Really attentive and good service!



Simply delightful food..

The good thing about their website is that you get to see all the food photos when pre-ordering. The crab in shell appetizer (RM38) appealed to me as soon as I saw it since it looked so darn cute and I also wanted to order something non-spicy which Baby C could eat. Baby C squealed in delight as soon as it was served on our table, well, because the crab was SO darn cute.



Hey crabby crabby!

A combination of crab meat, prawns and chicken, it is seasoned before being stuffed into the crab shell and deep fried to a beautiful golden brown. Served piping hot, the meat was flavoursome and I just love the crispy outer coating. Really delicious eaten with the homemade plum sauce.


And of course, with it being so darn cute, Baby C quickly declared the crab shell as hers and plonked it on her plate. Pronto. And, she surprised us by finishing almost 1 whole shell on her own.



Food prepared with passion..

The unanimous favorite was the Erawan's Panaeng Beef Curry (RM38). It was served in a beautiful bowl, in fact all their Benjarong Porcelain dishware were really beautiful. We couldn't help but stop and admire them for a bit before digging into our food. The Australian beef has been simmered for 3-6 hours in coconut milk until tender. And boy, was it tender! The first mouthful was delicious and so was every bite after. And we all loved the curry. The curry was so good, that you'd want to order an extra bowl or two of rice to soak it all up. It was not too spicy either, so Baby C had a piece or two too. Absolutely toothsome!



One of the dishes I have reading and seeing a lot on the internet was the Cockles Curry with Betel Leaf (RM38). Seeing we were all fans of cockles, this was a must order for us. I really love the fact that the serving bowl was laden with plump, juicy cockles. It was heavenly and a joy to savour! This red curry was very good hence we had to order yet another bowl of rice to share!




Even the jasmine rice here is served in delicate rice bowls.


A visual delight..

Our dessert of Erawan's Pumpkin Custard (RM18) came beautifully presented, almost too pretty to eat. It has been steamed for 1 1/2 hours to obtain the right texture. The pumpkin custard with dark chocolate was rich and sinful. Paired with the vanilla sauce provided, it was heavenly!


We also tried the Thap Thim Krawp (RM8), also known as red ruby or mock pomegranate seeds in coconut ice syrup. Apparently, this dessert was created by the Thai's because pomegranate was quite expensive, hence they substituted it with water chestnuts which has been colored red and boiled before adding to the coconut milk and topped with jackfruit. It was a refreshing dessert but has to be eaten quickly before the ice melts and dilutes the syrup.



Cute elephant sweet holder


It comes as no surprise that Erawan was voted one of Asia's finest restaurants. This restaurant is truly amazing!



Even the exterior of the restaurant is beautiful. It really stands out when compared to the neighbouring shoplots!


Beautiful mosaic table


Happy statue

Silly monkey


The restaurant exterior


I look forward to returning here to sample more of their Thai-rrific dishes with Hubby. Is it a date? :)


Verdict: We were captivated by the beautiful decorations and beautifully presented food. A splendid meal indeed!


Pork free.

Opening times: Fri - Sun 12-3pm; Tue - Sun 6pm -10.30pm. Closed on Mondays.

Service: Excellent.

Price: Prices are slightly expensive, but the quality and taste of the food here totally justifies it.

Location: Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion Restaurant, No. 22-1, Jalan PJU 5/16, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: 03-6141 2393

E-mail: siamdb@msn.com


GPS Coordinates: 3.152857, 101.591971

19 comments:

  1. Erawan is lovely! Good, you are another cockles fan ;)

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  2. I love erawan! You've got me pining for the custard pumpkin thing now.

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  3. i wanted to visit here the last time i was back but there was no time. since, i am still on the hunt to find good thai food, lets hope i find something soon!

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  4. PureGlutton: Yes, though this was the first time I had it as a curry dish. Lovely!

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  5. Michelle: We go makan here when you come back in Dec k.

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  6. Joe: Hope you find it soon :) Or you'll just have to wait til you're home in KL the next time and make time to go to Erawan. :)

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  7. I like that - Thai-rrific! The food's so good, they created a new adjective for it! :P

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  8. Kenny: Have you been to Erawan yet? You should if you haven't! Its such a gorgeous place.

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  9. gosh, i didn't notice all those interesting decorative items that you photographed. maybe was too distracted by the food, heheh. i haven't managed to try their beef curry yet, but i'll definitely remember to order it in future =)

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  10. Baby Chloe definitely know how to enjoy food just like mommy huh :)

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  11. Sean: I am attracted to beautiful things, so I notice little things like nice decor and presentation. Its a real pity Kota Damansara is so far for us, or else we would go more often.

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  12. Choi Yen: She also started using food blogger term.. like "melt in your mouth" and "crispy" etc. So funny! My baby boy also love food very much, so going out for meals together is very enjoyable for us :)

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  13. Even the fussy PA gave tis place thumbs up. Sigh. When will I ever have time to visit! Problm is the pre-ordering & gettin a group togethr cos it is not single diners friendly.

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  14. Can I join? Hehe ... shamelessly.
    Anyway, yeah ... read much about this, and the rants have gone up my head. True enough as Rebecca said, gotta round up a gang before a meal here.

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  15. Rebecca: Maybe we can set a date and go sometime in June? Theres still loads I'd like to try.

    J2Kfm: Join us too! Can get a chance to meet you too. :)

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  16. Love everything from the food to the crockery and serving utensils here. Erawan can do no wrong!

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  17. Wow I've heard so much about this place since coming back to KL, your pictures have spurred me to finally make a booking!

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  18. Ciki: Yes, this place is simply gorgeous!

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  19. Hungry Female: Thanks for visiting my blog. I do hope you enjoy your meal at Erawan :)

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