A quick peep through the curtains
of Thai & Thai, located on the first floor
of the Mandarina Crown Hotel, offers a glimpse
of the splendor of the Kingdom of Thailand.
An Italian visual designer has spent the last few
years working on the interior of Thai & Thai,
incorporating paudak wood paneling (modeled on
1930s Thai fashions), translucent jade-like walls,
mahogany chairs, plus golden and varnished wall
designs. Older and traditional Thai themes are
mixed together with the non-traditional ones. There
are blue, green, yellow, pink, gold and brown Venetian
glass screens; the resulting multi-colored glow
produces a feast for the eyes. This world of glass
is combined with original Thai Buddhist sculpture
and carved doorways to produce a soft, mellow and
modern dining experience.
Central to Thai & Thai's appeal is, of course,
its authentic Thai food. Jenny, the manager, recommends
several popular Thai dishes: the fresh taste of
seafood in the Fried Seafood And Pineapple Rice
(NT$350) is brought out by the sweet and sour flavor
of pineapple, and complemented by rice.
Other dishes include the Fried Mince Shrimp Cake
(NT$280), which is fried to a nice crispness on
the outside, while leaving the inside juicy; the
Grilled Sea Bass (NT$580), which uses boneless
sea bass seasoned with Thai spices and wrapped
in a banana leaf before cooking; and the Fried
Crab in Curry Sauce (NT$680). This last-mentioned
dish uses fresh crabmeat braised in a curry sauce,
creating both exquisite color and flavor. It is
served with French bread.
So, if you want to experience a real Thai feast,
come to Thai & Thai!