Since joining Instagram last year, I regularly get restaurants following my account. Some look really enticing and interesting, and I return the follow. Earlier this year I received a follow from Baan Thai in Leopardstown, on the south side of Dublin, and their food looked simply delicious. The first dish that I laid eyes on was their tom kah chicken, prawn with chilli mango, fillet beef with lemongrass and krachai. It looked incredibly appetizing with its combination of mouthwatering ingredients and vibrant colours. What sealed the deal was a photo of their restaurant, fitted out with incredible timber carvings that had been hand made in a village in Thailand called Ayutthaya. I instantly added them to my growing list of places to visit as they appeared to be passionate about making the entire experience as authentic as possible. To my surprise, I received a message from Una at Baan Thai inviting me in for a meal. Naturally I said yes.
First impressions count, and on arrival one is greeted with beautiful timber huts detailed with intricate inlays as well as statues, ornaments and a hand painted mural. The mind is instantly transported to Thailand. The staff are extremely friendly, welcoming and attentive.
The starter platter consisted of a generous portion of wonton bags, wrapped prawns, chicken lollipops, spring rolls, chicken satay and calamari with satay sauce, chilli sauce, plum sauce and arjad sauce. It was visually stunning and absolutely delicious. For mains, the jumbo prawns with tamarind and roast chilli, seabass choo chee and jasmine rice were delightful. The prawns were plump, juicy and cooked perfectly. The seabass was crispy with a warming sauce, that was multilayered- creamy with citrus notes and a little background heat (although I could have taken it with more chilli).
The dishes were authentic, the flavours robust and the service excellent. I really look forward to going back soon.
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*** I received an invitation from Baan Thai, however I am not affiliated with them. The invitation included a starter to share and a main for myself and my partner, in exchange for three instagram posts and this blog post. I would have dined at Baan Thai regardless, as stated above, and I plan to visit them again for no financial or other benefit.