|Dolphin show at Sea World|
|View from our hotel room|
Now on to the food. Chiangmai Thai Restaurant is located on Palm Avenue attached to Crown Towers resort. I rather liked the decor of the place with four seater booths set up outside and a multitude of Thai ornaments were everywhere. I noticed some seats were actually wooden carved elephants which added a very nice touch. As it was a week night, it wasn't too busy and we were able to sit on the pavillion.
The staff were friendly and attentive. We had great service. We ordered Thai Fish Cakes and Tom Kha Gai which is a Thai soup with coconut milk, galangal, chicken and mushrooms. The fish cakes were good and the soup was nice but to me, it could've been more spicy for the Thai kick!
I love curries so I decided to order a Chicken Panang Curry, a milder curry of the lot. Their version had peanuts making taste like a rich satay sauce. I wouldn't say it was authentic but it was a very nice, rich, fragrant curry.
We also decided to try the Thai Pineapple Fried Rice and Tamarind duck. The fried rice came in half a pineapple which was quite unique. Unfortunately, the taste was a slight let down. It was a good everyday fried rice but there wasn't enough pineapple and it wasn't spicy enough. There wasn't the traditional Thai sweet, sour and spicy flavour. As for the duck, it was battered and deep fried then coated in a sweet and sour tamarind sauce with capsicum and onions. The sauce was nice but it felt like chewing batter when we ate the pieces of duck. The duck flavour wasn't there. I'm not sure if it's the meat that they source or lack of seasoning to bring out the flavour. Having said that my partner had the chicken version a couple of years ago and loved it. Maybe duck wasn't the right choice.
Overall it was still a nice meal and the only thing I probably won't order again is the Tamarind Duck. The atmosphere was nice and romantic, great service and attentive staff. Give it a go if you are in Surfer's Paradise!