In recent years Thai street food has exploded onto the culinary stage around the world with more people choosing to abandon the traditional ‘Pad Thai’ and opt for more adventurous names and flavours and Mallorca can now add a tantalising and authentic Thai option to its ever-expanding gastronomic repertoire in the form of Isaan Thai Cuisine.
Cosy and intimate, this restaurant would be hard to miss on a side-street in Santa Catalina if not for the smells of Thai street food that wafts from their front doors transporting anyone that has visited Bangkok back to its famous street markets.
Owner, Pedro, welcomes us warmly and shows us around the restaurant which has an elegant Thai décor and an open kitchen that adds to the Thai ethos of sharing food. We take our seats to hear what our feast entails and our mouths are instantly watering. We begin our tour through Thai cuisine with the Isaan Starters – aselection of deep-fried Asian deliciousness including the delectable duck filled samosas – all of which were presented beautifully along with the popular papaya salad with sticky rice.
We didn’t have to wait long before our noses informed us that the next courses were ready and out came the ‘Kang Kiew Wan’, or king prawn green curry as most people know it. The word ‘fragrant’ is somewhat thrown around when describing Asian cuisine but to call this curry anything but fragrant would be to do it a disservice as it was simply bursting with flavours and scents. Accompanying our curry was the ‘Piew Wan Khai’ (chicken with vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce), and, of course, a Pad Thai which was traditional in flavour and presentation. The ‘Ped Makham’ (crispy duck in tamarind sauce) was another highlight with a sweet tamarind sauce and a delicate underlying heat to lift the flavours of the marinade.
Loosening our belts slightly we sat back and waited for the conclusion of this Asian feast, the dessert. Mango sticky rice, a staple on most Asian menus, did not disappoint with its sweet creamy coconut milk and smooth mango and nor did the homemade coconut flan made with egg and coconut and simply melted in our mouths.
Isaan has something very unique in Mallorca – Thai food cooked by a Thai chef. Chef Aiw, with the help of sous-chefs Noo and Jip, brings all of the passion and flavours of her home city of Bangkok to create a delicious journey of Thai cuisine that truly immerses each and every guest in the culture of this fantastic, vibrant country.
Why eat here…
Traditional Thai flavours lovingly prepared with a welcoming and charming setting in Santa Catalina.