Thai Pavilion – Vivanta By Taj (Vivanta by Taj, Sector 44, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

Loved the Thai food at Thai Pavilion – The wow factor in Neung Roi is much better though.

Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon, the hotel that has Thai Pavilion
Vivanta by Taj, Gurgaon, the hotel that has Thai Pavilion

Address & other details: Thai Pavilion

Meal for 2: Rs. 2000 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

The Vivanta Hotel is pretty near my house & maybe that is why it took so many months for us to get there. We had heard about the good Thai food served here for some time.

The interors of the restaurant
The interors of the restaurant

The Vivanta is a no frills, ‘not very opulent’ Business Hotel. “keep it simple’ seems to b the mantra here. The interiors of the restaurant, though not very ornate, are pretty. There r some very beautiful & well thought of elements like the palm in yogic mudra, the wooden wall with chiseled work on them, the beautiful ceiling etc & more………….

A lounge near the entrance of the restaurant
A lounge near the entrance of the restaurant

The menu card is quite exhaustive & all Food names follow a good description. There were a few funny spelling mistakes in the menu card e.g. beetle leaf instead of betel leaf!!!

the menu card
the menu card

The Service level overall is nice but attention level is very poor. No one automatically fills water, the wait for food is long, guys and girls are very well behaved but efficiency of service is low. We specifically asked for main course to b served one by one in order of spiciness. However all came together.

Mosquito inside the Dining Hall of Vivanta by Taj!!!!!!!
Mosquito inside the Dining Hall of Vivanta by Taj!!!!!!!

Food is good & enjoyable. However the concept, depth of the menu, the story spun around Thai cuisines , the overall experience etc were much better at Neung Roi.

A shot from the other end of the dining hall
A shot from the other end of the dining hall

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started our lunch with pla hoy shell – Pan grilled scallops in orange and rice wine reduction. Super soft melt in the mouth scallops with slightly browned edges, a very enjoyable sauce with suboptimal salt in it. The scallop gets 4.5/5 & the sauce gets 3.5/5. Average rating for the dish is 4/5.

pla hoy shell
pla hoy shell

The scallops were followed by ‘Duck liver foie gras with sea asparagus in mango sauce’. Loved it. 3 slices of foie gras at that price was I guess on the lower side as compared to most restaurants in 5 Star Hotels in Delhi. Again, super soft, buttery inside & textured on the outside, the foie gras was just amazing. Mango sauce was very good but the foie gras itself far overpowered the sauce in terms of taste & flavor. Excellent dish & I give it a 4.75/5.

Duck liver foie gras with sea asparagus in mango sauce
Duck liver foie gras with sea asparagus in mango sauce

Post this we ordered Soft shell crab in red chilli paste – poo nim phad pong Kari, Loved this once again. It turned out to b Crisp fried soft shell crabs & the red chilli paste poured from top. Visually it was good looking but was not promising enough as a dish. However, as soon as the crab landed in my mouth, I was proved wrong. It was just delicious. The crisp outer layer of the crab & the soft juicy inner part was a great texture to keep munching on. The red chilli paste was not at all the boring plain chilli paste but had a smart twist to it. I give this dish a 4.5/5.

Soft shell crab in red chilli paste
Soft shell crab in red chilli paste

After the crab came Classic Thai roast duck on a bed of spinach – ped noy. Absolutely enjoyable. The duck was super soft, juicy. The sauce was absurdly YUMM. I rate this at 4.5/5

Thai toast duck on a bed of spinach
Thai roast duck on a bed of spinach

Next item to hit our table was Neua phad prik Sod hollapa – Succulent tenderloin with Thai herbs bird chillies and basil. This again looked pretty unpromising when served. The tenderloin cubes were floating in a dark brown slightly thick gravy. However a bite into it changed my perception again. Basil added flavor, bird chilles added an element of hotness. The best thing about this dish was the layers of flavor. I give this a 4.5/5 again.

Neua phad prik Sod hollapa
Neua phad prik Sod hollapa

The last dish that we had for lunch was Red curry with prawns. Not overcooked, not rubbery but very soft & nice large prawns. The red curry was good as well but less pungent than the original version I had at Bangkok. I give this a rating of 4.25/5.

Red curry with prawns
Red curry with prawns

For dessert we had Diced waterchestnut in coconut milk – This dessert was served in a green coconut. Unidirectionally sweet but with a mild flavor, this was very close to the same dessert I have had at Bangkok. Yes, it is not similar to anything that we eat in India but it is nice. Usually we have 2 -3 directions in a dessert – sweet, sour, salt or even bitter (e.g. chocolate based/ orange peel etc) or a combination of these. So I guess while most of the people wud like this, there wud b some who wud dislike this. I still give this a 4.25/5.

Diced waterchestnut in coconut milk
Diced waterchestnut in coconut milk

Rating of food at Thai Pavilion averages out to 4.4/5.

Loved the food – recommended by YUMMRAJ

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2 comments

  1. Another nice mouth watering narration….!! justifiable enough to visit the restaurant. It were be better if you had tasted ‘Pad Thai’ too.
    Rgds,
    Sharma U,
    Shillong.

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