I must say we got lucky -- when the front desk staff at the Renaissance discovered we were going there they started suggesting things for us to order and so we asked them to write down their recommendations (in Thai script) and we simply gave that list to the waiter. He looked at the list and asked if we wanted the "sea flower" to be "no spicy, medium, or Thai spicy?"
My fiancée said "medium" (after crying several times during dinner the previous nights because of the spiciness) but I jumped in and said, "THAI SPICY!" I looked at my fiancée, "Sorry honey, I know I'm worse at handling spicy than you, but ... remember the clams?" (See my review for Takhoe Bangpo Seafood)
1. Seafood salad -- YUMM!!!! Spicy but not crying spicy. Very refreshing too.
2. (Baby?) octopus in coconut cream based broth/curry -- this was a bit rich but still very good. Loved the flavour combo and the texture of the octopus, especially in their bite sized servings.
3. Deep fried grouper served in a Thai style sweet/hot/sour soup -- again, very very nice. The fish was fresh and the soup was a refreshing contrast to the fish.
4. Deep friend sea anemone (I think that's what it was) -- okay, "Thai spicy" was just a tad beyond what I could handle but man was that awesome. Loved the texture of the anemone. I swear to god the waiters were laughing at us when we started eating this but what the hell; at one point our main waiter walked by and saw us ... in pain ... and brought us a plate of greens to chew and lessen the effect of the chili and I thought that was nice of them (I could've asked but forgot).
One thing that's common to all the above is the amazing flavour balance. No one flavour in any of the dishes overpowers the others, even when it's really spicy, you can still taste everything else. Amazing food.
We also had crab fried rice which was great but ... well, it was rather basic compared to the above.
Bring a tissue packet or two just in case you need to hit the loo. Surprisingly the toilet was worse than Takhoe Bangpo Seafood even though Takhoe is more of a shack restaurant while this is more like a family restaurant.
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