Thursday, December 4, 2008

Koh Samui and The Monkey

We love to go into the City whenever we get a chance. This year, since we were in town for Thanksgiving, we decided to drive in to the City for dinner. After pondering over several choices, we voted for Koh Samui and the Monkey in SOMA/South Beach. We made an appointment for 6:30 PM, but we got there at 5 PM itself since we got there straight from watching the Bond movie. However, we got a table with no problems. What sweetened the evening even more was that we found free parking on the street right in front of the restaurant! The inside of the restaurant is nicely done with some quirky and some beautiful antique items from Thailand. From what I understand Koh Samui is an island in Thailand, in which there is a world-famous monkey theatre.

Service was very good, and we got good guidance on the menu. The menu was vast, and quite interesting, and also, they were willing to make a vegetarian version of any item on the menu. We ordered 2 appetizers - the fresh spring rolls, and fried sweet corn patties. Both of them were exceptional in presentation and taste. Just look at these corn fritters in the little baskets.

Our tea was served in tiny cute elephant cups that I immediately wanted to take home with me. However V pointed out that they were not that ergonomic since the wide brim made the tea go cold very fast. Besides they cost around $14 per mug!! Oh but they were so cute!

Our friend, D, decided to go vegetarian, as she often does when she is with us. For the main course, between us we ordered the Pad Thai vegetarian, the Pumpkin Curry (in keeping with the Thanksgiving theme) and Spicy Tofu stir-fry. We got a side of brown rice to go with it.

My favorite was the Pumpkin curry (V had his side of cashews as usual), which came inside a pumpkin and had chunks of pumpkin in it as well. V really liked the Spicy tofu vegetarian stir fry since it had a lot of basil. The pad thai was okay, but we still cleaned it up.
Well, after all this, you wouldn't think we had space for anything else! But the dessert menu looked so alluring that we had to get something. D got the Chocolate Mousse cake since she likes it rich and chocolatety! V and I decided to split the flaming banana dessert that came with a side of coconut icecream. Yum! All in all, a very satisfying evening. We probably stayed there for a good 2 hours, chatting with D whom we hadn't seen in a while. We gave thanks for the good friends we have in our lives.


Navita said...

Hi V,
remember me? just stopped by to say..HI...where hve u been?

VnV said...

Hey! I am good. I made delicata squash yesterday and thought of your wonderful squash curry. How are you?

Navita said...

I am good..thanks for thinking about me (in ur kitchen..esp..I love that place) :)