I chanced upon Phan-Khom when I was looking for a nice, quiet dinner in CentralWorld, the third largest shopping complex in the world. Actually, I was taken in by the word 'contemporary', as well as the fact that the restaurant wasn't fully occupied.
Thai Sweetened Crispy Noodle with Shrimp THB 95.00 (~S$3.75)
The noodle had a sweet and slightly sour taste, and it was moderately crispy. The shrimps were pretty succulent and the beansprouts didn't have the raw taste. Pika's advice: Mix everything together to make it a nice appetiser!
Chicken Massaman Curry THB 130.00 (~S$5.15)
Massaman curry is a Thai curry dish that is Muslim in origin. The one that I had the other day was sweet (actually, a tad too sweet when consumed without plain rice) and rich, thanks to the large amount of the coconut milk used. The aroma of spices was there, but the curry itself wasn't that spicy. The chicken meat was tender, although not entirely juicy.
Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken THB 125.00 (~S$4.95)
The pineapple fried rice tasted pretty mild, and thus not as good as I'd expected it to be. There were a few chicken cubes thrown into the dish, topped with cashew nuts to add the extra crunch. It wasn't oily.
Pad Thai Noodle with Shrimp THB 125.00 (~S$x)
The stir-fried rice noodle was slightly more enjoyable than the one I had in FoodLoft @ Central Chidlom, but it was kinda greasy. Sweetness dominated the dish. Again, the prawns were juicy and succulent.
Thai Fresh Sugar Juice THB 50.00 (~S$x)
It was an interesting drink which tasted like a combination of sugar cane and sugar palm fruit, but perhaps that was just me. Anyway, it was a refreshing drink which wasn't sickeningly sweet.
I've come to realise that most of the food items I tried were pretty sweet; is this characteristic of contemporary Thai cuisine? Anyway, the staff were warm and polite.
Phan-Khom Contemporary Thai Cuisine
4, 4/1-4/2, 4/4 Ratchadamri Road
(Daily: 10.00am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT.
Have a nice meal,