Firstly, yes I understand this restaurant is not trying to compete up there with Casa Pascal or Matahari on the fine dining stakes, but really there is definitely room for improvement here without affecting their bottom line.
To the reviewer who commented that 'when does a restaurant give anything away for free' or similar comments (referring to the free soup offered here), perhaps he is not aware of the concept of Amuse Bouche and free breads and dips offered by many better restaurants.
In any case, whenever something is given away for free in a restaurant setting, it is my absolute believe that despite it being 'free' it must be of the same standard as other dishes. Sadly, the potato soup that I had one mouthful of last night was probably the worst soup I have tried for some time. It was exactly what you'd expect a bad 'free' soup to be, luke warm, watery and with an after taste of flour.
The waiter could not tell me what the white wine was (ie. was it a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc). He was reasonably friendly and helpful and recommended the Chicken Cordon Bleu.
The chicken was quite nicely cooked, not overcooked and and cheese sauce okay. The accompanying mashed potato was well seasoned and reasonably flavorsome, but common Thai varietal potatoes are just not good enough in my opinion for mashed potato due to their brownish/dirty color. The mashed potato could have used more butter and or/cream but this is Thailand, where those ingredients are expensive.
The house wine was not expensive at 120 baht and was quite adequate for the price although very small in volume.
I observed the owner/chef an older Thai woman come out and ask is the patrons enjoyed their food which I thought was a nice gesture.
I suspect that the popularity of this place is based on their very good value set menus which offer quite a wide range of dishes.
For the reasons I have given above, I cannot understand how anyone can describe the restaurant as 'excellent', unless of course their only basis for this is frugality.
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