“To Bangkok and Back”
It was back in 2014 during my visit to Phuket, when I discovered my love for Thai cuisine. By the end of the trip, I realised that 80% of the trip expenses amounted solely because of food. Every restaurant I visited- lunch or dinner, I wanted to have only Thai curry and sticky rice. My obsession was so intricate that we even went in search of the oldest bakery in Phuket- Kaewjai Bakery. Ever since I left that beautiful island, I’ve always been looking out for eateries that serve delicious and most-of-all authentic Thai cuisine.
I have come across restaurants that serve authentic Thai cuisine- there were a couple of them in Hyderabad and a few here in Bangalore. But, imagine a food festival dedicated to Thai cuisine and even more- curated by a chef from the Land of Smiles. Chef Gai was flown in from Marriott-Phuket to oversee the “To Bangkok and back” food festival which is on till the 24th of Sept. The JW kitchen already boasts of a massive buffet spread and adding dishes from this popular cuisine just takes it to another level.
We started off by tasting the Tom Kha Gai, which is a spicy hot and sour soup made from coconut milk. Among the starters, the Phad Prik Thai Dum and Phad Krapow Prawn were just mind blowing. The flavors, the aroma and the fresh produce- match made in heaven. I was just racing through the starters, desperately waiting to try the Thai green curry with the sticky rice. Eventually, I skipped the other starters and went for the Thai curry. I liked it- maybe not exactly the way I expected it but the flavors were there. The only suggestion is it to make it a little more spicy- like the original.
I had multiple portions of the Thai curry and noticed the rest of my blogger buddies doing the same. By the time we were done, there was no space for dessert. The chef even sent a few more starters including chicken satay to our table. But what can I say, in spite of being in an immobile state, we managed to eat them as well. For vegetarians, the Vegetable Massaman Curry and Stir Fried Bok Choy with Mushrooms are a must-try.
The ongoing food festival is definitely one of the best food festivals that I had been to for a long time and it was also like a “welcome-back” to the JW kitchen after missing out on a few other festivals over the past few months. So, make your reservations and head to the JW kitchen as soon as possible to experience Thai cuisine that is not only exquisite but also authentic.