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Restaurant Review | Thai Pavillion *

During my stay at the Taj Vivanta in Gurgaon, I was invited to have a complimentary meal at their Thai restaurant, Thai Pavillion. We had a very packed schedule as we wanted to explore everything we could in Delhi, but took up this opportunity since having Thai Food would be a good break from all of the Indian food we've been having.

I fell in love with the interiors and it made me want to book the next flight to Thailand and go shopping at the stalls there for authentic Thai interiors. We had an interesting chat with the very lovely chef, who travels back to his hometown in Thailand every 3-4 months and brings back the spices back to his restaurant, and makes his own paste every day from scratch. It was a very relaxed meal, as the whole place is very 'zen' - comparable to being in a temple (for me atleast).

We were first served pumpkin and prawn crackers with an assortment of three sauces (tip: avoid eating it all to save some space for the entrees and mains), and two excellent cocktails (they were very generous with the alcohol).We tried out the tasting menu to get an idea of what they served there, and we weren't disappointed.  We got marinated chicken morsels wrapped in pandanus leaves and fried, Thai prawns we couldn't get enough of and a raw mango & water chestnuts salad. I've had my fair share of Thai food, but I've never had anything as delicious as the prawns.

We had a spicy chicken soup flavored with lemongrass, lime and birds eye chili, which was a tad too spicy and hot for me, but was well loved by everyone else at the table.

For mains, we had Thai Chicken Green Curry with Jasmine Rice, which I later ordered on two seperate occassions as I loved it enough to eat it again and again. It was the perfect balance between spicy and sweet,  wasn't overpoweringly spicy unlike most Thai green curries and was really light. I'll probably try to replicate this curry in my kitchen and fail. If you're visiting the Thai Pavillion, I would highly recommend this curry as it would suit most palettes since the flavors aren't overpowering. The second main was a crispy fried fish topped with tangy sauces and Thai herbs - which was the perfect combination between sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness, with an extra crunch as it was coated with peanuts on top. My boyfriend was so obsessed with this dish, he ordered it again on our second visit and ate most of it himself (again!). We also had stir fried vegetables which I couldn't unfortunately finish as I couldn't move at this point. They were nice, but the fish and the chicken were standouts.

For dessert, we had the diced water chestnut with coconut milk and a dark callebaut chocolate strata with a crackling almond crumb. The cake was light with a coconut cream filling inside, but the highlight was the coconut milk which had shaved ice and water chestnuts which had been soaked in rose water. Its the perfect dessert to eat after a big meal, since I felt less full after eating it. It was very refreshing and we loved it enough to order it again on our next visit (it came in a open top coconut!).

If you live in Hyderabad, Mumbai and the Gurgaon NCR region I'd highly recommend you stop by at the Thai Pavillion since its become one of my favorite restaurants I've been to so far. Everything was perfect , from the decor, service, drinks to food. I couldn't fault it at all. The menu in this link details everything that's available to give an idea of the price, but please make a note of additional GST taxes (which can be higher when alcohol is involved).

Thank you to the Taj Vivanta Group for the meal! All my opinions are honest as always, and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed by dining at this gem.

Rating - 9/10

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Restaurant Review | Thai Pavillion *


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