For nearly a decade, Busaba was the unquestionable authority on good Thai food in Mumbai. Thai curry and rice have since then turned into somewhat of a staple in Indian homes. Every homemaker can get their hands on a packet of Namjai or Real Thai Curry Paste and stir up a heady vegetable-laden Thai broth that passes off as authentic. Thai cuisine is extremely familiar to the Indian palate though. The rich aromas that Thai cuisine plays with (and very often depends upon completely) are never subtle and ingredients like Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime are integral. Fish sauce is another essential ingredient that Thai food can’t do without but Indians often tend to avoid it. Sanat Patel of o:h cha kitchen & bar has taken into account the Indian palate and has given the city its boldest Thai offering to-date.
Tucked into Mathurdas Mills that shares a compound with Café Zoe and The Barking deer Brewpub is O:h cha kitchen & bar. With its lime green paddy field walls and subtle design, o:h cha is delightfully Asian. The cage lights, native to Bangkok street culture hang overhead casting an ethereal glow over the dining room. Chef Pipat Niyomsin presents an assortment of Thai dishes which range from street food favorites to more elaborate preparations, which are winners in terms of aesthetics. The Four Course Experience at o:h cha was carefully put together by our founder and head curator, Mrs. Deepa Jain. A shared experience between two people, the selection of items include all of Jain’s favorites and a smattering of the classics too.
Start with a choice between a Soup or Salad. The Som Tam or Raw Papaya Salad strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. This extremely flavorful and nutritious salad goes very well with chicken too. Alternately, you can try the Tom Yum Hed (v) or Tom Kha Khai (nv) which are vegetarian and non-vegetarian variations of the classic hot and sour Tom Yum soup – both items make for a delicious First Course.
For Course Two, choose two small eats or appetizers from a selection of six. Our recommendations are the Spicy Fried Banana Blossom Cakes for vegetarians and the Kung Tempura Prawns for non vegetarians. The batter fried Prawns are perfectly crisp and light whereas the Banana Blossom Cakes are spicy and teeming with flavor. Purists should try the chicken skewers served with a slightly chunky but flavorsome peanut sauce while the more adventurous have got to bite into the Neua Yang or grilled beef tenderloin served with a spicy green sauce.
The third course has got to be the highlight of your evening. You can chose two mains and pair it with a host of staples. The Pad Pak Si Sa Hi brings together “four friends”- asparagus, broccoli, shiitake and white fungus in a soya bean sauce that makes for a light and refreshing main for vegetarians. Seafood lovers have got to try the succulent steamed fish with garlic chili sauce. If you’re looking forward to sampling o:h cha’s Thai curry, there’s a choice between a Panang or Green curry with vegetables or meats. All of these can be devoured alongside a portion of Fried rice noodles or steamed jasmine rice.
By the time we reach Course 4, we’ve come to understand that the essence of Thai food does not lie in any stark coconut-ey flavor like we’ve been made to believe but rather, disparate flavors coming together harmoniously to create a very unique experience that is part comfort and part intoxicating. End on a sweet note with the chilled Water Chestnut Dumplings in fresh coconut syrup that tastes simply divine.
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