Krung Thep @ Bukit Damansara
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep is Bangkok in Thai. As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is a melting pot of different cultures, traditions, peoples and food. So, as per its name implies, Krung Thep restaurant nestled in Republik, Damansara Heights offers authentic Thai cuisine from four main regions of Thailand: Northern, Central, Isan (Northeastern) and Southern.
The restaurant was elegant with cement walls and patterned tiles flooring framed by modern furniture, as well as grand piece of art. The dining area was brilliant sectioned by different seating of counter bar and booth banquette seats on both sides and normal dining tables and chairs in the middle. The whole space was beautifully accentuated by soft yellow hue. Al fresco dining was available as well.
I was there with my friends for lunch and they had different menus for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu wasn’t extensive with limited selections of rice and noodle dishes, soups and desserts.
Pandan Coconut (RM12.00)
Tom Yum Snapper (RM60.00)
We were caught-off-guard when our Tom Yum soup arrived, not expecting it to be such a small portion for that price tag. There were less than ten pieces of fish fillets in the soup and portion of other ingredients were a little too scarce too. I really thought that the portion should be slightly bigger for this price.
Portion aside, the flavour was satisfying nonetheless. Laced with lots of fiery heat from the chilies, the broth had solid balance of sourness and savory note. That’s my kind of Oomph that I crave in Thai cuisine.
Green Curry Chicken Rice (RM20.00)
It’s not the usual soupy green curry chicken but more like a stew dish with tender chicken chunks coated with tasty thick gravy from slow cooking of various spices and herbs.
Thai Omelette Rice (RM20.00)
Rice bowl topped with golden fluffy omelette with crispy edges. But 20 bucks for this, are you serious? (´･_･`)
Crispy Chicken with Kailan Rice (RM20.00)
Again, for that price, I really hoping for more chicken.
Charred Rice Noodles (RM20.00)
The rice noodles with beef slices and vegetables was delightfully prepared. The noodles was nicely charred on the outer with pleasant smoky flavour.
Prawn Pad Thai (RM25.00)
As famous as our street food Char Kway Teow, this Thai version of Pad Thai with prawns is the epitome of Thai flavors. With hints of sweetness and good savory balance, the noodles also have a decent wok heat. The texture of the noodles was probably the only thing we didn’t fancy. It was strangely chewy/rubbery, extremely difficult to bite and chew.
Verdict: The food was certainly not shabby but did not mind blowing either. The food portion exceed expectation for the price paid and I thought they could be more generous with that. I’m regret to tell that our dining experience did not manage to lure us for a second visit.
Lot G05, Republik Damansara Heights, 1 Jalan Medan Setia 1
Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-7622 8760
Tues – Sun: 12.00pm to 2.30pm & 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Close on Monday.