User Reviews for Neung Roi - Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi
Back from a short break in Thailand, I wasn't sure that going to a Thai restaurant in India will be a good choice with the original flavors still tingling my taste buds. The boring Radisson lobby was only adding to the confusion, its strange how they manage to make the place look so drab and uninteresting.
The restaurant itself is decently done up. Most of the focus on design is only limited to the entry though and once you step inside, its a standard 5* look, no special decor to match the theme. Its very neutral so i cant say whether it is a good thing or bad. We were quickly seated and given an ipad as a menu. The menu itself is divided across 4 regions of Thailand and using the ipad menu to go in and out of various regions was a pain. While i appreciate the novelty factor, its not the best implementation of technology. Our server was helpful and he made several recommendations.
Coming to food, it was just mind blowing. Authentic flavors popped out of each dish be it the salad, soups, starters or main. Its not the standard thai curry affair and I would recommend the restaurant for just that point perhaps. Service is also very attentive and staff is eager to help.
At the end of our meal, a marriage ceremony started in the banquet right next the restaurant and annoying music started filtering into the restaurant. Its a bit difficult to have thai food with punjabi music playing at the back, you know what I mean :)
The food truly deserves a rating of 5 but the place and ambiance cannot go beyond 2. Overall rating is 3.5
I am not fan of regular Thai food available around India – red/green curry, coconut base, etc. but love the magical flavors of authentic Thai fine cuisine. Neung Roi offers just that. Expect to eat this good in Bangkok or Singapore.
Since their sea food is decidedly better, I’d recommend ordering from their Southern Thailand menu. Soups and apetizers - Tom Yum soup, Chicken Satay, Ginger Prawns and Spring Rolls - were great, their main course, however, was outstanding. We had Southern Style Prawns wth Garlic & Pepper and Pad Thai. The prawns melted in my mouth, bursting with flavors of garlic, chilli & basil. My mouth is watering as I write this review. Hats off to the chef!
Not too expensive either, given the quality of food and service I would consider this a value for money. The interiors could have been fancier though. Surprisingly, the place was empty on a weekend, but we can blame that on the state of economy.
When I was young I used to come to this particular Radisson in mahipalpur with my family for an occasional swim and family get togethers. Now after ages Neung Roi bought me back to this place - old memories sighh!! My friend was after my life to try Neung Roi since sooo long coz he knows what a thai food fanatic I am. I am a die hard fan of thai food but in delhi there are very few options to eat authentic thai food in the real sense. Places like sidewok and culinaire are my all time favorites but mixing chinese and thai is not my kind of thing. Ego thai in NFC is also a good option but I was bored of it. So this fine sunday I decided to try Neung Roi.
Neung Roi is on the ground floor itself, it has an eye pleasing entry. Its warm dark not too flashy. As soon as I entered I could see the kitchen as it was separated from the dining area through a big glass wall. So you can actually see the chef preparing your meal. The staff was very respectful greeted us and accompanied us to our table. As it was a sunday afternoon we booked a table in advance to be on the safer side. The decor was very classy. The place is actually done very tastefully. We were seated and were presented with the menu. I was amazed to see their menu was on the iPad. I have never seen this in India and I was actually excited to browse thru it. They have divided the menu in four parts each dedicated to one part of thailand. I liked the idea of it coz even if I have eaten thai food all over the world but I never knew what belonged to which region. The iPad is a great way to present the menu as you can actually click on the dish and see a picture of it. This assures you that you are not ordering something wrong coz these dishes had fancy names. This actually reminds me of looking at others table and asking the staff what were they eating and order the same. It saves you from this kind of misery.
For starters we ordered Grachai Gab Goong (stir fried prawn with wild ginger & shallot) and Gai Yang (grilled chicken with coriander roots and roasted chilli). I also order my all time favorite soup Tom Kha Gai - one prawn and the other chicken! I was totally impressed by the presentation. The portions are small, which is the best thing as you can order variety and not fill yourself with one thing alone. Prawns were full of flavors - thai herb and fresh garlic. It just melts in your mouth. The chicken was cooked to perfection. The sweet chilli dip along with it was just apt. The soup was amazing very authentic!! Trust me this was actually what you will get in thailand. It is not thick and overdosed with coconut like made by other restaurants. The chef here knows what he/she is doing!! Thumbs up for the Tom Kha!!! For main course we had Prawns red curry, sticky rice and Pad Thai Gai. I dont order sticky rice often coz they cook normal rice and somehow manage to make them sticky. But being assured with their quality because of the starters and soup I ordered it here and they were upto my expectations. Thai curry is best eaten with sticky rice and so I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. For desserts we had Khao Niew Mamuang (sticky rice with fresh mango & coconut cream). It was decent dish in itself, but as mangoes are a seasonal fruit it was not that great. But I dont blame them for it. The food was flavorful, well cooked and delicious!!
Overall this place is excellent. If you love thai food, ITS A MUST VISIT. The service is remarkable. The staff is courteous and friendly. The ambience and the interiors are nice. The food was reasonably priced keeping in mind it was in Radisson so it had to keep up to their standards. A quite place with decent crowd. Its now on top of my mind to recommend for thai food. Considering the prices charged for the food and the experience we had, I'd say it was definitely worth it!! So I would rate this as one the best authentic thai food places in town. Also, last but not the least I reside in south delhi and its too far for me to visit, so to make lazy people like me a regular here they should open one in south delhi as well!!
In a nutshell:
The best Thai food I have had in Delhi NCR so far, way beyond the usual red curry, green curry & tom yam.
Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:
We heard about Neung Roi form a friend who is a food lover but short of a foodie. So we thought why not try this out – since there r not too many authentic far east cuisine restaurants in Delhi NCR.
The restaurant has a simple signage at the entrance – metal on wood. The interiors r however very beautiful, though short of what I wud have described as opulent. The lighting in general was dim but every table had a soothing spot light just for itself.
The open kitchen was visible from almost all the seats of the restaurant & it was quite nice to observe the Lady Expat Chef from Thailand who was not only supervising the cooking staff, but also constantly doing things herself.
The food was Thai but not just restricted to green curry, red curry & tom yam. It was a very different take on thai food – Do not remember seeing so much detailing in a Thai restaurant in India. Thailand has 4 regions – The menu card is divided by cuisine from each region.
The service guys were very warm, knowledgeable & good.
The menu card was unique in the Indian context. It was an ipad. Yes, u got it right. The software was made in a way that u cud go to the header, see options, go into the pointers & then into sub pointers etc. The good thing is that it is a new thing & hence exciting.
However, there r ways to make the ipad experience way better – Firstly The ipad shud have drooling good pic of every item on the menu card. That is something that is not easy in a printed menu card. Secondly the whole menu cannot be accessed at one time like in the physical menu book. So if u want to look across & compare dish options from different regions, it is a difficult proposition – u have to do 5-6 steps to say go from starter of region a to a main course of section B. Food for thought for the Management.
Food was very good. Vegetarian options were aplenty & very good as well. Great cooks can only turn simple vegetables / simple ingredients to such lip smacking food items. It is worth few revisits for sure.
Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:
We chose most of the food from a region called Isha (North East) – As u might have rightly guessed , this word has Sanskrit origins. We also added a dish from the Southern region.
As we waited for the dinner we were served a complimentary Amuse bouche - grilled aubergines and lemon chilli sauce on a base of tomatoes. For the uninitiated, An amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized starter. Difference from appetizers is that amuse bouche is not ordered from a menu by patrons, but served for free according to the chef’s selection. The idea is to prepare the guest for the meal and also to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to the art of cuisine. The term is French, literally translated to “mouth amuser”.
The bite was mindblowing good. A veggie item that floored YUMMRAJ. I give this a 4.75/5
We started or dinner with tohu song Keith – It was tofu and betel leaf in pandanus cup with tamarind, palm sugar sauce and roasted coconut!!! Sounds weird? Paan leaf in a starter?
Well, yes. The paan leaf was cut into thin strips & added. The tofu was at the base of the pandanus cup (a cup made from pandanus leaf. Atop was roasted coconut. Wow. The palm sugar sauce gave a slight sweetish taste to the food in addition to the salt. The tofu was excellent – super soft inside & almost crispy outside. The whole thing eaten together was an experience – it was different that anything I have ever had - & thoroughly enjoyable as well. I wud give this veggie dish a 4.75/5.
Post this we had poo ja – It was stuffed crabmeat and minced pork served in crab shell, served with plum sauce. I am usually a big fan of crab. However the veggie dish mentioned above was so overwhelming that I just did not get the taste of the crab. It took me some vigorous mouth washing with my drink to remove the taste & flavor of the tofu.
Poo ja was good but not great. It was a bit dry within & had a pretty subtle taste. Even after my palatae cleansers did their job, the dish cud not impress me beyond just ‘good’. I give this a 3/5.
The third dish yam mamuang - raw mango salad with cashew nut. This was such a simple dish – cud b easily made at home & yet tasted so good. Super thin slices of raw mango marinated with sweet, salt, sour seasoning, thinly sliced green chillies & served with crispy cashew. Wow. I give this a 4.5/5.
After the initial starters we moved to Tom gati pla krob . It was banana blossom and coconut milk soup with fried fish. Banana blossom is pretty popular in Bengal & is known as mocha in Bangla. It is essentially the flower stage of fruit banana. The way in which the blossom is cut in Thailand is very different from the way it is done here.
The blossom was a bit bitter & it did make a major difference to the taste of the soup. The soup was awesome & of course the fried fish was excellent. Loved it & again give it a 4.5/5
For main course we had Pla yang kamin - grilled tilapia fish with fresh turmeric and tamarind sauce. This wasa dry dish with two very good fillets of tilapia. The fresh turmeric did not really make its presence felt in any different way than the ‘maach bhaja’ of Bengal. Tamarind sauce made a world of difference & we simply loved it. Once again I give this dish a 4.5/5.
The last dish in main course that we had was phad phed moo krob - southern style pork with white ginger, young pepper corn, basil and kaffir lime leaves. Once again, it was an outstanding thick gravy full of flavors. The pork strips were soft & somewhat juicy inside & slightly crisp on the outer side. I wud again give this a 4.5/5.
Drinks on the table were Blue topaz signature mock tail & Cocktail blue sapphire. The mocktail had fresh lime, mint leaves, blue curacao in it. It turned out to be a bit more sweet than enjoyable, a bit more sour wud have increased the tanginess of the drink. Visually it was cool. The round sugar ball in the center made a huge difference to the looks of the drink. I rate this at 3/5
For dessert we had Sago pearls in warm coconut milk. I have had this in Thailand & the one here was almost the same. There was an element of sweetness & the coconut milk had some salt in it as well. We were asked to mix it up well & once done, it turned out to be a pretty good dessert. I loved it once again. The sago was a bit sticky & that is how it usually is. I rate this at 4.5/5.
The Cocktail called blue sapphire had johhnie black double, Bombay sapphire, Drambuie & blue curacao. It was just outstanding. Potent, intense, had interplay of flavors & very good to taste. I rate this 4.5/5
Rating of food & beverages at this restaurant averages out to 4.25/5.
I wud surely keep revisiting. Look forward to hearing what u have to say………….
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A lovely, peaceful ambience amidst warm golden brown hues. With its quiet grace and understated decor, Neung Roi is welcoming. The lighting is muted and soft music in the background accompanies the meal. Moreover, it is luxurious without seeming either pretentious or intimidating, as is the case with so many other five star hotels. The location of the Radisson hotel, while not exactly central, falls on the way to many oft-visited places, such as the airport or Gurgaon or Dwarka. It not only functions as an effective landmark but livens up the otherwise gloomy, shady Mahipalpur area. It is easy enough to spot from the main road and its blinking lights look lovely when one is whizzing over the IGI-Dwarka-Gurgaon connecting flyover.
The parking, needless to say, is not a problem and the entry is bubbly as well as luxuriant, with lots of people dropping in at the various famous restaurants in there. Neung Roi happens to be one of the few joints in the city that offers authentic Thai cuisine. The entrance and the interiors are lit with golden brown lamps and form a pretty backdrop. The service is like the decor, quiet, understated but welcoming. The staff do not seem invasive, yet care enough to ask often whether you are enjoying the meal. My friend who wasn't super hungry that day, decided to skip the main course and go on to desserts. This worried the waiter so much that he came especially to the table and urged her to eat more. Very sweet. The welcome drink they served, a refreshing green khus flavoured one- another generous gesture. An intriguing appetizer served with the drink was some spicy salad bits wrapped up in a green leaf. Interesting! My taste buds were already happy and excited, even though it was just the beginning!
I would like to make a special mention of their unique menu. It is on an iPad, which is always an enjoyable touch. Further, they don't just serve the generic Thai cuisine, but have divided the menu into specific areas in Thailand! Very authentic, very detailed. Think of how bugging it can be if an Indian meal abroad is just an overarching term given to butter chicken, naan and panir! Do we not feel like yelling "Hey, we have Punjabi, Bengali, Sindhi, Mughlai, South Indian and goodness knows what else so don't stereotype us!" A thoughtful study and 'pan-enveloping' of Thai cuisine by this restaurant. So anyway, we were bewildered by the huge variety of dishes per area (for instance, Central Thailand, Lanna etc.) and took ages to decide. The descriptions given under the original Thai names are succinct and well-written.
Nam Prik Hnum, which was crispy chicken skins, turned out to be scrumptious. They were fried to perfection, light on the stomach and perfectly browned. A crunchy mouthful dipped in a unique Thai chili sauce...mmmm!! The Thod Man Goong, or shrimp cake, again excellently prepared, authentic and mouth watering. The fragrance was lasting and so was the taste. The chicken satay named Satay Kai was light and tender, served with some vegetables in vinegar and a peanut sauce. A healthy option for the weight-conscious. The accompaniments they include bring out the subtle flavours in the main dish. Very careful attention to detailing which deserves applause. For the main course, the prawns in black bean sauce- ah! Truly the best I have ever tasted. The prawn was delectable. So soft that they melted in the mouth, so distinctly flavoured as to wow the taste buds. My favorite although were the noodles named Mee Spum. Stir fried egg based ones with prawn pieces, bokchoy and black soy. They were better than Phad Thai or even my Japanese favorite pan fried noodles. Well spiced, crisp and light on the stomach. The dessert, the special Thai bean custard, was unlike the custard that is commonly known. It tasted more like a pudding; again, a revelation about Thai cuisine! It made a sweet ending to a very...very...very kind meal :)
I was pleasantly surprised with the pricing as well. Given the beautiful ambience, flavorsome food and five star luxury, the cost is very reasonable. The appetizers and main course dishes would cost someway between Rs. 300 to 600 per dish, depending on whether it is veg or non vegetarian. All the desserts, including the heavy ones such as sticky rice with fruits, cost Rs. 300. Not heavy on the pocket at all!
Would I go back? Yes yes yes! Would love to try their stuffed crab meat, some of their vegetarian options, other varieties of noodles/rice and so much more!
A wonderful, authentic experience and a must try for all you foodies who love experimentation and are connoisseurs of fine dining.
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