I had an excellent Thai dinner last night – and I’m excited to tell you all about it! Ever since I heard that Erawan was opening up in Bryanston, I’ve been very excited. Why? Well, because Erawan is one of my favourite Cape Town restaurants (they’re a franchise, with one restaurant in Cape Town and now two up in Joburg). They serve up the tastiest authentic Thai food and, if you know me, you probably know that I just love my Thai dishes!
Anyway, last night my boyfriend Nik and I decided to finally try it out for ourselves. We were very delighted when we arrived at the restaurant – it’s a lot more upmarket than the Cape Town one is. It’s all open plan, with in- and outdoor seating. The décor is simplistic but chic, and the ambiance lovely and laidback.
Our waiter seated us right away and was very attentive from the minute we sat down. He immediately brought over a bucket of ice for our bottle of wine (you have to take your own alcohol at this stage as they don’t have a liquor license yet) and cracked the bottle open. He then made a couple of recommendations, and we decided on the Salmon California Rolls (eight pieces for R77), Salmon Roses (four pieces for R88) and Sa La Pao Gai (dumplings with spicy chicken marinated with coriander, ginger and garlic for R48) to start.
The food arrived quickly, and it was wonderfully fresh and tasty! The sushi dishes were both sublime – very fresh and beautifully presented! The dumplings, on the other hand, were flavourful and just divine. Next up, for mains, we both ordered the Ba Me Prik Phao (classic stir-fried yellow egg noodles, fresh vegetables and crunchy cashews in a chilli paste). Nik had his with pork (R103) and I had mine with prawns (R124).
Our mains also arrived promptly, and they really were to-die-for. I must say, though, that our dishes were identical to the Ba Me Prik dish that Thai Café serves up. That’s obviously because they’re part of the same group of restaurants. Thai Café is a lot less expensive, but at Erawan you’re paying for the upmarket setting, whereas Thai Café is more of a takeaway joint. Anyway, we were very impressed! All of the ingredients were fresh and tasty. Yum!
Lastly, for dessert, we opted for the Chocolate Mousse (layered with pastry and topped with chocolate sauce and a sprinkling of chopped nuts for R54). It was creamy and ever-so-delicious (I’m such a chocolate lover – you know this!).
Overall, I really enjoyed dining at Erawan Bryanston. I’ll certainly go back. I highly recommend this classy spot to all fellow Thai food lovers! I must say, it was well worth the visit.
By Candice May