*Restaurant is now closed*
Here we go again. Another episode of Sherman's random Whalley adventures. Alright, I know, that doesn't sound all that promising and in fact, it sounds a bit dodgy. But rest assured, everything was on the up and up. And honestly, Whalley gets a bad rap all the time. If you've been here recently, it is really not all that bad. So, cruising up King George, I barely spotted a Thai restaurant hidden deep in a strip mall. It's so hidden, you cannot see it from the street. I had to park and walk-in to see if it was open. Yah, it was open alright. No customers around, but hey, I'll try anything. In fact, I was the only customer throughout my lunch there.
Okay, normally when I'm the only customer or early enough, I go straight for the window seat. No can do here. You see, there are no window seats. The only window in this place is at the entrance. Once you walk in, it's actually quite dark. Well, knowing I'd be using my flash, I picked a corner booth seat so I could creepily take pictures all by myself. I decided to try 2 items off the menu (didn't see a lunch special anywhere). The first was the Shrimp Pad Thai. Now if you look at the picture, you can see that it's quite
saucy. Honestly, I wasn't a big fan of this dish. Although there was a good amount of perfectly cooked shrimp, the abundance of sweet, tomatoey sauce didn't do it for me.
I also got the Red Curry with Basa. Hidden beneath the bamboo shoots, celery, carrots, peppers and onion lay an entire basa fillet. I was quite pleased at this discovery since that allows the fish to retain more moisture. If it were cut up into little bits, it would overcook much more easily. And the fillet was perfectly cooked with moist tender flakes bathed in a spicy (I asked for medium) coconut curry. I thought it was quite smooth with a definite kick at the end. This dish was good and plenty big too. No way I could finish it.
So essentially, I had one good dish and one not-so-good. I know being the only customer would result in attentive service; but I really thought the one waitress there was actually interested in providing good service. Considering the location, I possibly might give it another go since the prices are alright and the portions are big.
- Good portions
- The curry that I tried is good
- Service is friendly and attentive
- Non-inviting dining space
- The Pad Thai was not so good