Soi 23

October 5, 2010

Nestled on the Pacific Regency's 23rd floor, this nicely furnished restaurant provides tongue-numbing Thai cuisine amid eye-catching views of KL's skyline.

The setting is serene and the service is stellar, all but ensuring a pleasant evening (even if the food isn't exactly rave-worthy).

Thick prawn soup with lemongrass & mushrooms. Spicy and sour _ our two least favorite sensations for the tastebuds. But tom yam lovers should have no complaints.

Oyster omelet. Fairly fluffy, with lotsa eggy flavor. Could have used more oysters in it, but that's a minor quibble, since we certainly enjoyed every bite.

Soft-shell crab sauteed with egg. Sinfully scrumptious, but not as oily as it looks.

Prawns in green curry with young coconut flesh. Slightly more watery than expected, but still sufficiently tasty and brimming with fresh ingredients.

Sea bass steamed with lemon & chilli sauce. A fiery recipe, but not overwhelmingly so; we could still savor the fish's natural sweetness without having to constantly gulp down cold water.

Roasted duck in red curry. Less flavorsome than we would have preferred; maybe adding some lychee or avocados might have helped.

Fried rice with crab meat. Also a tad too bland to recommend.

Sauvignon Blanc (Chile).

Soi 23,
Pacific Regency Hotel Suites,
Menara PanGlobal, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee.