From NY, we have eaten a lot of thai food, and this matches the best we've ever had. The food is exceptional, top-notch, but what brings it beyond a 4-star to a 5-star is the unparalleled service offered by he staff.
First I'll write about the service, then the food. The manager, Mr. Best, is extremely attentive, witty, and endearing. He even helped us by using his iPad to check the hours of a local chocolate factory, Mayan Monkey Mijas. He could not find the hours, so he called one of the owners of the shop on his private number and put us on the phone with him. He simply went above and beyond with hospitality. Another example is of when we ordered thai iced tea. It was not on the menu because locals did not seem to favor it in a trial run; however, Mr. Best overheard our exchange with the waitress and made it especially for us. Additionally, Mr. Best was amused when my mom asked how to make the tea; he thoroughly explained the process and even brought out the specific tea pack from the back to show us. He was also very open for pictures and even offered us bug spray although there were no bugs pestering us.
***Unfortunately Mr. Best informed us he will be leaving to create his own restaurant in roughly 10 months somewhere in Cadiz. Nevertheless, the restaurant will be managed by a woman who was quite personable herself and was our waitress both times. She was funny and offered helpful tourist tips to us. Get here and meet Mr. Best while you can!
He was half the reason we came back here a second time within a week!
The food: Overall everything was extremely authentic. Classical thai dishes are offered, but you will enjoy more if you venture off to the chef's specials for a dish or two. The specially made thai iced tea was the best thai iced tea I've ever had, and the only rendition I've ever seen with whipped cream and cinnamon on top. Banana leaf wrapped chicken was flavorful and delicious. It was perfectly grilled, and although listed as a chef special, we ordered it as an appetizer and it came with 4 pieces, one for each of us. The chili and basil shrimp dish was spiced well, but not overly spicy. The sauce went well with both white rice and coconut rice. The pineapple fried rice served in a pineapple tasted as wonderful as it looked. The tanginess of the pineapple went well with the saltiness of the rice and the flavors of the vegetables and prawns. Typically pineapple dishes are tricky to make because pineapple tends to dominate the other flavors, yet in this dish, there was just the right amount of pineapple to allow the other components of the dish to shine just as much as the fruit it was presented in. The shrimp pad thai was excellent. Pad thai is of course classic thai dish, and it was made perfectly, not much to be said there. In the second visit, we tried the satay and spring rolls for appetizers, which again were fairly standard dishes. Although the dishes are standard, they still make it the right way from the peanut dipping sauce of the satay to the color and crispiness of the spring roll. The chicken in penang curry was also another standard dish that was prepared well; there was plenty of curry to pair with white and coconut rice. The chef special chicken in cashew nuts and oyster sauce was excellent because the cashew nuts added a special dynamic in the sense of texture added to the dish. The oyster sauce is something not typically found in thai restaurants, but it was prepared well by the chef. We decided to try the dessert this time as well and got the fried ice cream and fried bananas. Both dishes were delicious and homemade; the ice cream was rich and the fried coating with the other softer elements of the dishes offered an interesting texture.
I wish we could bring this place back home!
*****This place is a bit expensive for Spain, but food is pretty cheap in Spain. This is fairly average price for good thai food pretty much anywhere else in the world.
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