Thai food showdown

22 Jan

One of the benefits of being a slightly obsessive list-a-holic and record keeper, is that I don’t have to rely on my fallible memory when someone says “Let’s go out for dinner tonight – where shall we go?”,  and of my course my mind immediately erases all knowledge of the hundreds of restaurants I’ve been to.    My inner geek instead busts out my “restaurant spreadsheet” and proceeds to deliberate this way and that until someone else finally decides anyway.  Oh well, I digress.  My favourite eat-out genre is Thai food, with all the fresh, aromatic, textured deliciousness it promises, and so it’s a toss up between three great Cape Town favourites for my number one Thai food recommendation.

First up is Yindees in Kloof street.  Yindees has been my long time favourite and is the spot of many special memories for me. It’s pricier than average and most recently hasn’t seem to have had the cosy vibe I’ve always loved it for, but the food is guaranteed to please.  It’s good for a birthday dinner with friends, or a romantic night out for two (especially if you can sit on the veranda outside on a warm summer evening).

Memorable Dish: The Tofu (or Calamari) noodles with red pepper, pineapple and cashew nut stirfry. Yum…

Wang Thai at the V&A Waterfront is my newest favourite and I’ve happily been there three times in the last month.  It’s a nice alternative to the glut of take-away spots  or hideously over-priced restaurants that dominate the waterfront.  The decor is smart but cosy, the view over the harbour magnificent and the service “quick stix”.  Great cocktails too.  Good spot for dinner before a movie or out with the girls.

Memorable dish:  The Ginger Oyster stirfry with Brinjal and Tofu.  It was heavenly. I can’t remember the last time I raved about my supper so much. It was the perfect combination of crunchy veg, mouth-wateringly soft brinjal and  delicate exotic mushrooms in a flavoursome sauce.

Chai Yo in Mowbray is the unglitzy cousin of the three,  off the tourist track but clearly a local favourite.  It’s one of those secret gems that looks a little dubious from the outside but from the inside exudes warm and authenticity.  A great place to go with friends for an impromptu dinner out “just because”,  with a bottle (or 2 ) of wine.

Memorable dishes: Duck Red Curry or Ginger chicken stirfry with steamed jasmine rice.

2 Responses to “Thai food showdown”

  1. Kiran February 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Just discovered your blog, Cath – don’t know how I’ve never read it before! I’m reading excerpts of your posts to B in bed on this rainy Sunday morning in Melbourne. We think you should publish your restaurant spreadsheet as a handy guide to CT’s great restaurants. We smiled when we read about your list-keeping habits 😉

    • Cathy February 27, 2011 at 9:43 am #

      I’m glad you enjoy it! When you come visit us in CT we can put the restaurant spreadsheet to the test 😉 I’m so happy to get your Melborne news too – it’s inspiring me!

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