Once in a while, we all crave delicious Thai salads, soups, stir-fries, wok noodles, curries and char-grills. Ingredients sourced from Thailand, with the right cooking techniques, result in flavourful Thai food which is aromatic and well-spiced. From Larb to Som Tam and Phad Thai to Pla Nueng Ma Nao, if one heads to the right places, one can savour the real flavours of Thailand in Mumbai. My top 5 recommendations:
Nara Thai, Colaba, South Mumbai
For those of you craving the adventurous and flavourful takes on authentic Thai variants, Nara offers delicious flavours of Thailand, in the heart of Colaba. With a relaxed dining environment, a dedicated bar area and two private dining rooms, this is a haven for Thai food lovers. Satay Ai, Spicy Red Curry Prawn Dumpling, Yum Mumuang Salad and Massaman Kae, are outstanding and a must-try. (refer cover image)
Thai Pavilion, Vivanta President, Mumbai
You can not possibly visit Mumbai and not eat a Thai meal at this iconic restaurant that has completed 25 years. The flavours remain authentic, the ingredients are the best and the service is unmatched. Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice, Tom Yum Soup, Phad Thai Noodles here, are exceptional.
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Yazu - Pan Asian Supper Club, Andheri West, Western Suburbs
This hip and lively place, with a dazzling bar, boasts of an exhaustive Pan Asian menu, but the Thai dishes are striking and flavourful. The classic Tom Kha here is spicy, fragrant and made using authentic ingredients. It is soul-satisfying and a must-have. The Chicken Kao Prao is delightful and teases one’s palate. The fiery Thai Red Curry paired with Rice is outstanding. Finish your meal with the comforting and sweet Thai Tub Tim Krob.
Happy Thai, Worli, South Mumbai
This 85-seater new casual dining place with aesthetic and minimalist décor, offers a limited but comforting menu. The Thai Spring Roll, mouth-watering curries, not the usual red and green, here are extraordinary. Top-notch ingredients are used here by the chef to ensure soulful curries, aromatic appetizers and lip-smacking soups.
A simple, unassuming restaurant, with a limited menu, known for its great food, where Chef Seefah prepares all her pastes from scratch using the best of Thai ingredients. The aromas waft through her kitchen and fill the air as you wait for your order. Treat yourself to her Tom Yum Fried Rice which is bursting with flavours. Her Thai Green Curry with Rice is one of its kind. The Stir Fried Eggless Noodles with Thai Chili Paste, too is a rare treat, you must indulge in.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.