I often believe food brings people together. There will always be dishes that remind us of our childhood, meals with friends and places we’ve been to. While some might disagree, I feel food (or lack of) leaves a huge impact in our lives. I know that food affects my mood very much. A good meal puts a smile on my face but something as simple as a bad cup of coffee can potentially ruin my day.
Busaba Thai Restaurant in Bangsar Shopping Centre means “flower and grace” in Thai, and the interior décor screams elegant and swanky. Service was excellent that night – I wasn’t used to such good fortune. My glass of water was constantly topped up, staff were polite and our needs were quickly attended to despite the somewhat high volume of customers that night.
I wasn’t planning to blog about this place but since my dining experience was so pleasant, it deserves a post. Too bad I didn’t bring my camera along so pictures are taken with my iPhone 5.
We started with Thai Fish Cakes (RM18.90 for 5 pieces) for our appetizer. Not fantastic, but it was well prepared and texture was a good cross between meaty and springy.
The Tom Yam Prawn Soup (RM19.90 per bowl) was pricey for this small a portion, but each spoonful packed a wallop of flavour. It was tongue tingling and tangy. If you can’t take too spicy food, ask for the milder version. This one was the spiciest I can take without breaking a sweat. Prawns were fresh and lightly cooked so they remained succulent.
Although simple, the Kangkung Belacan (RM16.90) was very tasty. I reckon the belacan was well toasted as this dish was very fragrant. I wouldn’t recommend the Chicken with Cashew Nuts (RM20.90). This was rather boring and tasted like a regular sweet and sour chicken dish.
We also tried the Omelette with Oyster (RM25.90) which was not bad, but could have done with more oysters. Green Curry Beef (RM25.90) was quite spicy, so if you’re a chilli wuss, please let the waiter know beforehand. The beef was tender and gravy was thick; very nice with white rice.
The Phad Thai with Tiger Prawns (RM22.90) was ordered out of greed. This was alright, but slightly on the soggy side. I prefer the version at Rama V.
Desserts are a must-try, especially the Red Ruby Jackfruit with Ice (RM12.90). Portion is pretty large for this – the red ruby comes in a coconut and is large enough for two. I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet and the bits of water chestnut and coconut flesh gave it a nice bite.
Thai Steamed Pumpkin (RM12.90) is ideal for those who want a dessert that’s not too sweet. Most of the sweetness comes from the pumpkin itself. Relatively healthy and worth a try.
The bill came up to RM280 for the four of us. Pretty pricey, I feel. But service was good and food was quite tasty. They have found a return customer in me.
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Food: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: Pretty good food, but a bit on the pricey side.
Busaba Thai Restaurant,
F15, 1st Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2093 7708
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