Hailing from a small town that is quite close to the Thai border, some of our local dishes have already been infused with the Thai-styled of cooking, plenty of chillies, spices and too-hot-for-the tongue kind of food. So while I had an excursion to the big city of Kuala Lumpur, we decided to stop by one of the most talked about place a few years back — Busaba Heavenly Thai @ Bangsar Shopping Complex.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is superb, there was just enough light to see your dishes and the people that are eating around you. Depending on the season and the mood of the person-in-charge, you will get to hear some Thai tunes, some Christmas-sy songs or even some of the latest from the popstars.
On the day of our visit, only 2 tables were occupied. We basically had the place to ourselves. Service was impeccable except that you are charged for ordering ice water (to douse the spicy Thai food). You can either have a set menu of your own, or you could order a few dishes to be shared among your friends/family.
A must-order at any Thai restaurant would be the tomyum/tomyam soup and they didn’t disappoint. It shouldn’t be too spicy and with just the right amount of sour taste. Unfortunately, unlike the Thai restaurants back home, Busaba serve theirs according to the number of bowls ordered. Which is quite limiting if you’re a tomyam/tomyum lover.
For our appetizer, we ordered some fried fish cakes. No prize for guessing the dipping that comes with it. Naturally, Thai food is only suitable for those who can take spicy food, as an indication, take the spiciest food that you have ever tasted and multiply that by at least 2-3 times. Although they do have certain non-spicy dishes (mostly vegetables and some meats) on their menu, it isn’t actually Thai if you are not trying their spicy dishes.
Our main course was beef, this was however, not properly done. The beef came a bit too chewy for our liking but nevertheless, edible. I actually liked the way the food was presented to us, if you’d notice, there is a small elephant next to the dipping. These small touches add to the overall Thai feeling about the place. If I’m not mistaken, the workers are also Thai.
Luckily, the Thais are also famous for their cooling desserts after downing so much spice and chillies. So keep some space for their mango desserts or even some coconut milk desserts.
So if you’re in the area around Bangsar Shopping Complex and you are craving for some Thai food, this would be a good choice. Price wise, the bill came up to about RM250 for 4 adults.