Chinese and East Asian
The menu is daunting at first because the Thai names are so unfamiliar, but the descriptions are in English and the staff are more than happy to assist. The options are divided into sections: express dishes, appetisers, spicy salads, curry, stir-fries, seafood, vegetarian and chef's recommendations. There are also set menus for those who can't choose. There are extensive options and many interesting serving styles - several dishes come on a sizzling hot plate that fills the room with fragrant steam, and each dish is adorned with flowers carved from various fruits and vegetables. Most dishes are available with a choice of meats (chicken, duck, beef), prawn or tofu. The gang panang knocks the socks off all its watery Westernised imitators with its fiery strength and its subtle layers of flavour. For lovers of sea bass, the bplaa raat prik is a delight - crispy yet soft, and wonderfully complex. The puddings are sinfully sweet and indulgent creations, try the pandanus-infused Thai pancakes and deep-fried ice cream.
Most of the ingredients are sourced from the Thai Punna grocery store just a stone's throw away, which means you can try the recipes at home. Or, if you have little skill in the kitchen, you can always order a takeaway and pretend. I certainly wouldn't hold it against you - Thai Punna is irresistible.