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Splash of Thai Westfield Review 1/13/06


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Splash of Thai Westfield Review 1/13/06

sivyaleah | Jan 13, 2006 09:17 PM

Just got back from the new Splash of Thai in Westfield. Food was very good, but service is mixed up completely due to it being only the second day open, I'm sure.

I stated with the dim sum - which were very light pillows of shrimp and crab served with a spicy dipping sauce. My husband had spring rolls, with an apricot dipping sauce. The dim sum were very light but strangely, out of 8 pieces, one was practically cold which I couldn't quite figure out why that was. Spring rolls were very crisp and hot, as they should be.

I had the pan fried shrimp with fried mushrooms over sauteed spinach. Only complaint is there are only 4 shrimp in this dish, although they were of a good size. Very tasty sweet sauce on top, shrimp very fresh. Mushrooms didn't seem fried however, and were not hot.

My husband had the masamann curry which didn't taste exactly like it does in other places, but was extremely good nonetheless.

Everything was served with rice, of course.

All dishes are plated beautifully. The highlight seemed to be the whole fish which we kept seeing others ordering, it was served sitting upright on the plate, curved into a "u" shape, as if it were swimming off the plate. Very eye-catching.

The food is not typically authentic thai, we felt it was catering to american palates but that doesn't mean it isn't good, just different from someplace like Thailand in Clark. None of our dishes sang of chiles, which we've come to associate with authentic thai food. But, the menu is quite varied and I'm sure there were some which were spicy - we just didn't have them this time.

Prices are from moderate to sort of high, but the food seemed high quality. Restaurant is really lovely - they did a great job of giving the space an asian ambience. The prior (Indian) restaurant there was kind of dismal looking and this is a major improvement.

Service was a mess, but friendly at least but again, we can excuse that for the time being. We were first given the lunch menu and were puzzled at the limited amount of items on it.

We saw the people next to us with a different menu, much larger and realized we had the wrong one. We had them cancel what we'd ordered already, knowing this menu would offer much more.

Food was very slow to come out of the kitchen (the kitchen is open to part of the room and I can tell you, they seemed quite frantic for a while there). It took about 1/2 hour to get our appetizers, then they lost our entree order, then brought out a second serving of the same appetizers they already served us (we declined and had them sent back).

The table next to us were there for 45 minutes and nothing had come out yet, so they left out of disgust. It was nearly an hour before our entree showed up, but again, I think you have to be patient at openings so we'll reserve our true opinion on service for another time.

It's BYOB, the usual in Westfield for the most part. Dinner was $40ish for 2 entrees and 2 appetizers and 1 small pot of extremely good freshly brewed tea (jasmine perhaps?). Not too bad. We didn't look at the desert menu, weren't in the mood.

We intend to come back another time. The other table next to us ordered quite a lot and all of it looked great - and they were raving about it too. If you're going, just be forewarned that you may have to wait a while for the time being, but the food will probably be worth it.

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