Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion @ Kota Damansara

Warning: Don't read this if you're craving for Thai food or any form of food. Excessive reading can result in wetting of keyboard and a growling stomach.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Erawan Classic Thai & Fusion

You're all in luck. I finally decide to share the secret Thai restaurant that I like and is recommended by Eiling's Top Eating Picks. And it doesn't take a Thai to know that this is authentic and good. Well, at least all the friends whom I've taken them there seemed to be extremely delighted and satisfied.

Erawan is an Elephant God. And I think the name suits the restaurant very well. That's all because, the food is heavenly too!

Their appetiser which is the Miang Kham (Condiments wrapped in Betel Leaves) at RM20 is a very good dish to start a meal. The ingredients (purple onion, fresh green or red chilli, ginger, garlic, lime, roasted peanuts and dry shrimps), although simple, is surprisingly very good. The lemongrass honey is a must order drink. It's so refreshing and you know it's made of good, fragrant quality lemongrass. That's Anan, one of the 2 partners whom runs the restaurant.

The presentation of food here is very meticulous. Even the porcelain ware that is used for the rice is a traditional form of Thai porcelain called "Benjarong". This style of multi-coloured enamels came from the Ming Dynasty in China. In the 13-18th century, the "benjarong" is actually made for the royal court. Apart from that, the green plates are actually called Celadon which is pottery with an elegant glaze that resembles the jade. The table mats all have a unique story to tell about the things in the restaurant.

There are so many dishes in the menu, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Erawan 3 Ocean Salad (RM38)

This dish is a really must order dish. There are prawns, squids and yummy jelly fish with a spicy sauce. It's really something different from the usual salads.

Clear Tom Yum with Seafood (RM30)

This is another obligatory dish to order in a Thai restaurant. So far, I haven't been to a Thai restaurant and not order a Tom Yum soup. It's like going to McDonalds without having their French Fries. There is an option for the ingredients as you can choose from prawns, salmon, grouper or seafood. The tom yum is really tasty because you can really taste the ingredients instead of just being spicy. The best thing about this place is that they allow you to choose the spiciness rating from 1-5. I've tried 3, which sent me a runny nose, burning tongue and teary eyes, and then I tried 2 which choked me and now I just settle for 1 or rather 1.5. hehe...

Curry Fish Cake (RM25)

I sworn by the fish cakes they serve which is made of spinach mackerel fish that is deep-fried with a special curry paste and served with cucumber pickles instead of the usual Thai chilli sauce. The portions are big and you can really taste the firm textures of the fish paste.

Boneless Roasted Duck Curry (RM38)

The duck is roasted till you get this golden brown colour before it's cooked with coconut milk and curry. In the same dish, you'll find nice cherry tomatoes and pineapples. I wasn't too convinced with the name of the dish but when I tried it, I instantly fell in love with this curry.

Erawan's Chicken Massaman Curry (RM32)

This curry has to be pre-ordered. This is a traditional Thai curry which is served in a special occasion. In the Siamese history, this is a favourite dish of the King Rama II. This curry consists of onion, potatoes and peanuts and it's actually very interesting because there's a tinge of sweetness and sour.

Erawan's Fried Chicken (RM18)

Oh, if you're wondering why we are eating fried chicken in a Thai restaurant, go on and wonder until you have tried it. It was a good piece of special marinated chicken deep-fried to a beautiful golden brown and crispy on the outside but tender in the inside.

HK Kailan with Salted Fish (RM20)

I can go on and on about their dishes but there is just too many to talk about. I've been there many times and it never disappoint. The only disappointing fact is that this is a small restaurant and if the turnover is good, most of the popular dishes will be sold out.

Have I talked about their desserts?!!

Some pictures for distraction purposes....

Besides the common Thai desserts like the Red Ruby and the Mango Sticky Rice, we tried the Candied Cassava (Tapioca) at RM8, which is tapioca with syrup and topped with coconut milk.

Durian Ice Cream (RM8)

This is by far the best durian in another form besides the fresh ones that I like. Don't look at it like an ordinary ice-cream because its taste and textures will surprise you! You even get a slice or two of fresh durian flesh in it too. They only make 1 container a day which is very limited servings, so if you really want to eat this, you might have to consider pre-ordering. Other ice-cream flavours available are Thai Milk Tea, Mango and Lemongrass.

Oh well, sorry for such a long posting. Words are not merely enough to describe my experience here at this restaurant. This is one restaurant I'll never go without making a reservation (by this you should know why) and I always pre-order certain dishes that I want to avoid disappointment. It's a little more work, but I think the food is worth it. Certainly the best Thai food in town and it doesn't burn a hole in the pocket nor the wallet.

Now, don't go there. I lied. It's not as good as what I've described. Pretend you never read or seen this.

Oh nom nom nom....

The last thing I need is another person fighting a table with me!

Erawan Part II - here. Updated 2012 review HERE.

No.22-1, Jalan PJU 5/16,
Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel/Fax: + 603-6141 2393


Anonymous said...

The restaurant and readers are very grateful to your kindness and will forever indebted to you. Hope the restaurants will give you discount or free dessert when you visit.

eiling lim said...

Anon: well written sarcasm!

YilingL said...

u revealed before taking me there????!!!!!

ChrisL said...

Have u tried the other Thai restaurant called Bangkok Wasabe ? Its just along the road opposite of Erawan..look out for the Pink Elephant logo. My wife & i like their clear tomyum (soup alone or with mihun/mee in it) and also the red ruby dessert !! (=_=") im hungry now..& its only 9.30 am...waaaaarrhhhhh....

UnkaLeong said...

Ahi! Curries and Tom Yum! Shall be visiting Erawan soon ;)

KY said...

zomaigawd tomyam looks nais

suituapui said...

Ooooo...this is absolutely killing!!! I love Thai - everything looks sooooooo good!!! Yum! Yum!

Never mind those people (and yunno who), Eiling! I voted for you in Tekkaus' blog - that Astro thingy...and it looks like you're in the lead. Good luck!

eiling lim said...

Yiling: Sorry ah, take you there soon.

Chris L: yeah I've tried the Bangkok Wasabe. They have some nice dishes but not as good as this one! Give this a try and see how it goes.

Unkaleong: You should you should!

KY: It's naisss.

STP: Thanks for the vote of confidence but it doesn't matter cos you guys still need to turn up on that day to give support. heheh
Try this place next time when you're in KL!

foongpc said...

OMG! Now I must go to this restaurant! But faster, faster delete this post!! Too many people knew already! : )

foongpc said...

So can you safely say this is the BEST Thai restaurant in the Klang Valley? : )

eiling lim said...

foongpc: I would say that. It's really good. Ok, it will self destruct in 2 hrs. hahah

Sean said...

ooh, i've heard of this place, but never visited! ok, the next time i go to kota damansara, will definitely see if i can find a table there. the curries and the fried chicken look the most appealing :D

eiling lim said...

Sean: yeah you have to go. I'm sure you'll like it!

A Arthur said...

Hey eiling, by the way can i drop your name at the restaurants you blogged to get some discounts or maybe some comps, a free dish, some frebees appetizers or just talk to the lovely tea lady. you are recommending so much gourmet that I find it hard to catch up with. But i always keep in mind what i have read from your blog and if any overseas visitors coming my way I will bring them there to your place you recommend. Cheers

taufulou said...

the place look classy eh, the food look hoh liau! and the price lagi hoh liau..:p

建霖 said...


eiling lim said...

Arthur: Hey, even I don't get complimentary fruits or drinks leh... you can try and maybe u'll know the owners better than I do. haha.... thanks for the support.

Taufulou: It's really nice. go try try....

AugustDiners said...

was suppose to go there on fri because ive heard so much good things about this place from friends, after your post, i need no further persuasion!

eiling lim said...

August Diners: Yeah, go! am sure you'll like it!

Calvin said...

It's good. Nuff said! =)

eiling lim said...

Calvin: YAy!!!

connie said...

i have been to this restaurant a few times too and love it... btw u should try this thai restaurant in puchong call ah-wet thai.. it is very good too

eiling lim said...

Connie: oh? i guess i've gotta put ah-wet into my GPS soon!

Anonymous said...

I loves this restaurant but ur blog and ur words full of XXX ( no creativity).pls improve it next time. Sorry to say that. The worse part is the warning u wrote in the intro of this reataurant. pls grow up!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site
Is this possible?

eiling lim said...

Anon: Full of XXX? What's that? Maybe you need to grow up too to express the xxx because seriously this is my blog and I write the way I want to. I'm not paid to write properly. I'm also sorry to say that if you don't like what you read, you have a choice not to.

Anon: What site?

Anonymous said...

Tried the red curry - very disappointing. Dishes were mainly RM38 or higher for small size- vege starts from RM20. Plain water is RM3. Prices were exceptionally high. If the red curry is the benchmark since it is a house specialty, would not go back again. Have tasted much better food

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