Sometimes I find food pictures from so long ago, I can’t remember which dish is which. The good thing about the food from The Royal Orchid in Dubai was every plate was really tasty, so that should speak for something! It was also my first meal off the plane in Dubai. You guys should kind of already know about my food experiences here. They have some great mint hookah and tea right outside at Chandelier. The best ever actually.
Couldn’t ask for a better start to my vacation.
Restaurant Info: The Royal Orchid
P.O. Box 20899
It’s weird how sometimes a place can be really good, and totally bomb the next time. Such was the case at Cafetasiaa couple days ago.
The decor and long tables make it nice for big groups, and I love the original menu idea: plates are broken down by size, XS, S, M, L, XL, so depending on your mood and appetite, you can get a meal to match.
My friend Melissa and I went for the Crispy Duck and Apple Salad, Thai ‘Mieng Coconut Wraps, and Sae-Tai Chicken. FAIL.
Crispy Duck and Apple Salad, $6
Thai 'Mieng-Kum' Coconut Wraps, $6
Sae-Tai Chicken, $5
The duck plate was overdone, you could barely taste meat, and even the apples didn’t taste fresh. The Sae-tai chicken was tasteless and barely warm. The only thing I semi-liked were the coconut wraps, that has ginger and peanuts covered with coconut flakes and served with tamarind sauce. But the meal was disappointing all in all.
The weird thing is, I’ve been here before and had a curry that I thought wasn’t bad, especially for the price. But after discussing with Melissa about the surprising upset (maybe it was just an off day?), she said if a place is good, it should be good every time. Aye.
So, yeah, although the service was pretty good (they didn’t kick us out even an hour after our meal and kept refilling our waters), I don’t think I’d be recommending this place. What can I say, You win some, you lose some. Womp womp.
Restaurant Info: Cafetasia
38 E. 8th St.
btw University Pl & Broadway
New York, NY 10003
I was SO excited on Friday to see one of my favorite bands, Peter Bjorn and John, perform in Philly at World Cafe Live. Before the show, we stopped to have some thai grub. It’s called Smile Cafe, a quaint and super quiet restaurant right near the venue which turned out to have the perfect-sized portions.
We ordered thai ice tea, tofu soup, their “Wonderful Crispy” which is marinated chicken in crispy thai pastry. For entrees, I ordered my favorite Panang curry sauce with chicken, and the Radna, which is pan fried flat noodle with chicken, shrimp, and gravy brow sauce. The food reminded me of Wondee Siam, a standard thai place I frequent on 9th Ave., near where I work. It was also really nice to eat in a peaceful environment, which is a big departure from dinner at most places in NYC.
Thai Ice Tea, $2
Tofu Soup, $3.25
Wonderful Crispy, $3.95
Panang curry with white rice, $12.95
Restaurant Info: Smile Cafe
105 S 22nd St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
btw Chestnut St & Sansom St.
Oh and you just have to check some of these videos I uploaded from PB&J’s performance — they were.So.Good.