Thai Baan at Bandra is a place I have frequented ever since I moved into Mumbai in the late nineties. I remember my friends and I used to have great fun trying to pronounce the name of the Thai dishes those days.
The fact that this restaurant, at Pali Naka in Bandra, is still popular is testimony to the good food.
We went there tonight before we set off for Turkey.
Had a lovely green curry with chicken which had a hot and spicy under current. Both Kainaz and I loved it.
We had a red curry with prawns. This was nice and creamy and very, very tasty. It was less spicy than the green curry. I have decent green curries at Bombay at places like Candies or the Hyatt buffet but have been disappointed by red curries at most places. This, however, was really good and fairly close to the original one.
My only suggestion is that they should use original Thai garnishings like aubergine/ brinjal cubes and the round, green, chillies in the green curries and the slit, red bird's eye chillies in the red curry. I also missed the chopped chilly in fish oil which you get in Thailand. Still the food was quite close.
The last time we had been there, the restaurant was a bit mouldy and the walls were damp. They have spruced it up now and this added to the experience.
Two main dishes and a steamed rice comes to Rs 700 or about 15-17 USD.
There was a vegetarian couple sitting beside us who kept sending the food back because it had onions and garlics despite their instructions. Dudes, don't come to a Thai restaurant if you are vegetarian. These is a cuisine built on fish oil for Pete's sake.