Somehow I missed this restaurant on my way down the street of culinary joy. I double back to Marnee Thai.
It is Saturday 20 November, Scotland have beaten South Africa! This truly rare event has to be celebrated. I dedicate this meal to the wee boys in blue and to demonstrate my respect I lash out with a $11.95 meal, just 5 cents below my absolute maximum.
I order Hor Mok – Steamed snapper in curry mousse with cabbage and Thai basil served in a banana leaf bowl.
The restaurant is full: Grass matting on walls and ceiling, beautiful, fresh orchids on every table.
The dish is, from the bottom up, layers of basil, cabbage, and fish topped off with a hot -curry -sort -of -solid -mousse -stuff that has a texture a bit like scrambled egg. All this cooked and presented in a inside a leaf bowl.
It is good. The novelty for me is eating basil as a vegetable. I would have thought the taste too strong but not so. It is an imaginative alternative to the more usual Thai dishes than I am familiar with. It is not on the standard menu but is served as a special on the weekend. Was I supposed to eat the bowl?
So is it worth twice the price of huge Dim Sum lunch? I struggle against my meaness to say – yes. I mean $ 11.95 is not exactly expensive for a delicious, carefully prepared, beautifully presented lunch in a hand made banana leaf bowl. In a swank restaurant they could easily charge twice as much for such gastronomy. However this is Irving -no pretension here – great food at great prices.
In conclusion, er, “SCOTLAND!”
Thanks to Zandra for this: