Welcome to Baan 26, a Thai restaurant that has been residing at the happening streets of Changkat Bukit Bintang for over 9 years now. Widely known for trendy nightspots amongst local and tourist, a decent Thai restaurant is the least I expected to have found here. Interestingly!
Nicely decorated with a mix of both chic and aesthetic value in the air-conditioned surrounding, with some artsy ornaments around to spice up the bold reddish hue and warm ambience, are what greeting the guests upon stepping in.
Featuring authentic recipes from the humble Thai kitchen, Baan 26’s offerings are indeed full-bodied and satisfying, showcased with a slight modern twist while retaining its original identity as well as the traditional flavours.
The day of our visit was not so friendly with the scorching hot weather, and so we immediately went for the thirst- quencher while flipping through the menu to decide on which items we should highlight later.
LEMON APPLE MINT (MYR 16)
WATERMELON JUICE (MYR 11)
Love the bouncy bites of these seafood appetizers
PRAWN CAKE (MYR 32- 4pcs)
Greeting the palates with soft patty within and crispy on the outside. Generously made into a springy doughnut-like shape and each mouthful bite is a joyful one. Something inventive and uncommon from the usual fish cake. Nevertheless, my vote still goes for the Prawn Cakes by Café 9 which boasts a better indepth flavor, nyum nyum……
Ah, my favourite basil plate is here!
BASIL LEAFFRIED RICE WITH SHRIMP (MYR 28)
Juicy and succulent prawns are fragrantly fried with rice till the must-have ‘wok-hei’ pre-requisite is achieved. Would be great if more basil leaves are used to live up to its basil-themed dish. Nevertheless, I still enjoy it pretty much.
PUCUK PAKU WITH BELACAN (MYR 24)
Savoury and crisp stems of pucuk paku served crunchy with dried shrimps crumbles and chili. A toothsome dish to whet the palate indeed.
PINEAPPLE LEMON CHICKEN (MYR 25)
Tender chicken cutlet deep fried and dished up in a a sweet and savory gravy in the hollowed pineapple as the bowl.
CLEAR TOM YAM WITH PRAWN/ SEAFOOD SOUP( MYR 36)
An appetizing flair with spiciness en route much later.
Assorted fresh seafood such as huge prawns, mushroom, chicken meat, squids and fish are all flavourfully cooked in the piquant and spiced clear broth of tom yam. Goes well with a bowl of white rice but not for people who have a mild tongue, so do get yourself with some water ready by the side (=
THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE WITH SHRIMP (MYR 25)
Love how the pineapple rice is fluffily fried with each grain of rice is thoroughly enveloped with spice and flavor, moistened up by juicy bites of citrusy pineapples dices and the nutty kick of cashew nuts.
THAI MANGO SALAD WITH CRISPY CAT FISH (MYR25)
Sour and spicy interlude!
I was hoping to sink my teeth in a decent portion of the fried cat fish rather than in the flaky crackling forms though…………
Combination of spicy mixture of unripe mangoes, onions,dried shrimps and chili. I. I find that the crispy catfish a little bit salty but it does have a light and fluffy texture. The cat fish is blend and deep fried.
LIME & CHILI STEAMED FISH (MYR 55- Seabass/ MYR 45- Tilapia)
It’s a salubrious dish that is highly recommended.
Bounteous piece of sea bass that is freshly steamed with sour and spicy relish, simply served heartily with chopped garlic and chili padi.
CENDOL AND SAGO WITH GULA MELAKA (MYR 10)
A rather hit-and-miss case here, where the crushed ice is too big for a slurpy enjoyment, and the sticky sago that tends to coagulate together doesn’t help either. However, the fact that the gula Melaka is served separately in a ceramic is most welcomed as diners get to adjust to their preferred level of sweetness.
WATER CHESTNUT WITH COCONUT MILK RED RUBIES (MYR11)
Would never fail to have this quintessential pick in every Thai dining. Indulgently served in chilled coconut milk topped off with cutesy red rubies made of water chestnut, accompanied by tangy jackfruit slices.
MANGO STICKY RICE (MYR 17)
Signature dessert plate from the Thai region. Love the warm glutinous rice bite that is perfectly paired with the thick coconut cream that injected some light coconut brininess to the nosh.
COCONUT SHAKE (MYR 16) as the perfect sweet ending!
It’s very fragrant and original as you could really taste each and everything little bites of the blended coconut. But I would be happier if the fibrous desiccants are either finely blended or properly sieved through for a better palate. Taste wise, no complain and it’s good.
Baan 26 Thai can be located just a few minutes’ walk away from the hawker-food central, Jalan Alor, and further down the road is the famous Jalan Bukit Bintang with its myriad of dining, shopping and entertainment options. So have an enjoyable feast and relaxing stroll along the road and continue to enrich your gastronomic journey yummily as you might not know what you would stumble upon after the next junction. Best food are usually quite hidden till it’s target-locked by adventurous foodies (=
Cheers for now and Carpe Diem! ❤ℒℴѵℯ❤
Location: No 26, Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2142 8878
Business Hours: Mon – Sun 12pm – 3pm (lunch), 6pm - 12:30am;
Sun & Public Holidays 3pm - 12:30am
Date of Visit: Jul 03, 2015 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4