If you are a Doha resident, you are certain to have heard of Thai Kitchen Night at Caprice. This table top buffet concept was so successful that the whole restaurant has been rebranded to offer the Thai Kitchen quality every night of the week.
Say hello to Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences! The restaurant has transformed its burgundy booths to royal blue banquettes. The décor is magnificent – contemporary, bright and full of plants. This venue screams ‘Thai’ – down to the rice fronds and the framed picture of King Rama hanging on the wall. Take a look in the video of Centara West Bay below:
Not only has the décor changed – the Chef has too! Chef Karthik Ravi brings his own twist to Thai food while remaining true to Thai flavours, dishes and spices. What I loved about this sampling menu was that it contained traditional Thai food that I had never tried before. As a Thai food lover, I’ve always seemed to find the same offerings in every Thai restaurant – pad thai, green curry et cetera. But this menu has enlightened my taste buds to the endless tastiness that Thai cuisine has to offer.
What Asian meal would be complete without a generous helping of prawn crackers? In Thai Kitchen, their flavour is enhanced with your choice of siracha sauce, Thai chilli jam, crushed peanuts, or crushed chilli (for those who like it spicy).
After we had demolished our bowl of prawn crackers, our appetisers started to arrive. Our course began with a traditional chicken satay with peanut sauce drizzled decadently over the top, and a Yum Nua which is grilled beef sirloin, seasoned with lime juice, onions and scallions, and served with mint and ground toasted rice to add some extra crunch.
This was followed by Som Tam which is a green papaya salad with peanuts, tomatoes, chilli and beans. This is a remarkably flavourful dish with the freshness of the vegetables, the nuttiness of the peanuts and the mild heat of the chillies.
After we had eagerly finished our starters we were treated to a piping hot bowl of Tom Yum Goong soup to cleanse our palates – ready for our main course!
Main Courses That Stole The Show
This first dish was my absolute favourite of the evening! In fact, it might even replace Pad Thai as my favourite Thai delicacy. The Khao Soi is a northern-style curried noodle dish with chicken and deep-fried egg noodles. The deep-fried noodles are served on top of the dish, and then when you’re ready you can stir them in and the relax and soak up all the flavour of the broth below.
The next dish might be a bit of a mouthful to ask for but trust me it’ll be worth it! The Pla Muk Tord Kra Tiem Prik Thai or squid with fried garlic are fantastic bites of flavour and crunch – they weren’t at all chewy which speaks to the freshness of the squid and the skill of Chef Ravi at cooking them to perfection.
Next to try was the Kaeng Massaman or lamb massaman curry which was remarkable when paired with the soft jasmine rice. We also tried the Pad Prik Nua which is stir-fried beef with homemade chilli paste, long beans and sesame seeds. To help us feel healthy, Chef Ravi also treated us to the Pad Pak Ruam Mit which was stir-fry vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms.
While you might be tempted to go for the mango sticky rice which is the preferred dessert of many at any Thai eatery – I heartily encourage you to try the Tub Tim Grob. This dessert is a sweet, creamy concoction of water chestnuts with coconut milk served in fresh young coconut shell topped with edible flowers to make for the most Instagram-able delicacy.
No eatery in West Bay quite captured our hearts like Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay. For the incredible prices they offer – the food is of an outstanding quality. On Thursday Nights you can enjoy a table top buffet called ‘Thai Kitchen Night’ featuring delicacies like the above – for just QAR88 per person (and the food is refillable)! And their Happy Hour prices are some of the most competitive I’ve seen in Doha – with QAR25 for hops, QAR29 for spirits, and QAR35 for vino. If this venue hasn’t made its way to your list of favourites – it should!
Thai Kitchen Night
When: Thursday, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
QAR88 per person including soft drinks and refillable food
QAR169 per person including soft drinks and unlimited house wines for two hours
To get in touch or to make a booking please call 4009 5530 or Whatsapp 3001 5360. You can also visit their website.
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Author: Charlotte Wright
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