Monika reviews the family-friendly My-Tai Thai Restaurant in Wezembeek Oppem, near central Brussels, Belgium.
What is it about Thai food that makes everybody love it? Is it the vibrant flavours or the herbs or just the mix of sweet and sour? Whatever the reason, Thai food appeals to almost everybody, especially if there is a vegetarian in the group.
I called up Tom Yam restaurant one weeknight for a reservation; they kept passing the phone from one to the other with a lot of giggles in the background, and after the phone had exchanged hands the third time (with rude replies), I gave up. I like the food at Tom Yam, but the service needs to improve tremendously. It’s such a pity because the food is good, the restaurant has been recently renovated, and it has ample parking.
I then reserved a table for four at My-Tai, which a friend had recommended a few months earlier. This Thai restaurant is in Wezembeek Oppem and is part of a building complex with its own parking area. Don’t judge the restaurant by the façade; the interior is lovely. The restaurant has a lot of room with tables for two and even large groups or families. The welcome was warm, and we were ushered to the table immediately.
The drinks menu is limited. I wanted to order the My-Tai cocktail but ended up ordering the house wine which was not so great. We then placed the food order, which was delivered efficiently and with a smile.
I asked for ‘prawns with coconut milk, lemon grass and ginger’ which was delicious. The broth was well flavoured with lemon grass and ginger, made sweeter by the addition of coconut milk. The prawns were fresh and so were the other vegetables in the broth. I quite enjoyed it with the sticky rice served on the side.
The other half chose ‘chicken with garlic and green peppers’. It came garnished with coriander. Both the coriander and fresh green pepper in the broth were delightful. The chicken strips were also flavourful. I asked for a chicken Pad Thai for my son (both mother and son love Pad Thai). To me, a good Pad Thai speaks to the quality of a Thai restaurant, and My-Tai’s did not disappoint. The noodles were just right and were moving well in the sauce, which was full of delectable Thai flavours.
Others in the group ordered a ‘chicken in a green curry with a coconut milk’ and vegetable fried rice. The vegetable fried rice was quite appetising with the right seasoning. However, the green chicken curry with coconut milk could have been better. It lacked the creaminess and the smoothness of a coconut curry with the curry bits falling apart from the broth (and God knows, I don’t like watery curries!)
Despite a little watery curry, the dining experience was good with great service and a nice relaxed ambience in the restaurant. They were quite busy considering it was a weeknight, but nowhere did I notice any hint of irritability with the staff. They are a family-friendly restaurant, quite accepting of kids and toddlers, with foosball equipment and blackboards for drawing as well. My-Thai has a small terrace too, if you feel like sitting outside on a sunny day.
We quite enjoyed the food and the entire experience and will definitely return to My-Thai Restaurant!