I passed by this inviting place on a cold rainy evening and decided to give it a try. One of the Thai women working there was standing outside the door, as is the custom in this very competitive restaurant district. Business was slow, as this was a Monday and it was pouring rain.
She graciously welcomed me and took my umbrella, saying it was too wet to bring inside! Perhaps she needed it herself, I figured. I sat down and ordered dinner from the menu. Soup was a must to warm my insides, so I decided on Tom Yam Kai, the delightfully spicy lemongrass soup with chicken and mushrooms. It was done perfectly.
As Royal Thai specializes in seafood, I followed that up with Pla Chuchee, pieces of fish, deep fried and covered in a spicy red curry/coconut sauce, which I would classify as Penang (my favorite Thai sauce). There was a LOT of fish, about 6-7 medium pieces, and it was so much I couldn't finish it. It came with a huge silver colored bowl of rice that I barely made a dent in. The fish was good, clean tasting, and went well with the sauce.
To drink I ordered a jasmine tea, which was served in glass mug instead of teapot, but they did add more hot water, so I got a couple of glasses for 1.90 Euros. A small heineken set me back 3 Euros (big ouch!). The soup was 4.10 and the fish 15.50. Considering how much fish there was, and how good it was, it was well worth it. I'd normally recommend two people split it with another dish.
The decor was a pleasant notch up from most Thai restaurants in Amsterdam. The theme is Thai musical instruments and there are beautiful examples on display as well as other exotic object d'art.
The service here was excellent, but then again, it was a slow Monday evening. As I left the restaurant, the friendly Thai woman handed me back my umbrella and we talked for awhile. The chill of the evening had evaporated...
Check out their very informative website to see the whole menu! Nice photos of some of the dishes. Watch out you don't drool over your keyboard!
Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 94 City: Amsterdam Postcode: 1017 NM Phone: 020 626-7261 Fax: 020 422-8511 Added: November 30th 2002 Score: Related Link:Royal Thai Website Hits: 4458 Language:
Posted by MSGE on 2005-06-02 15:02:15 My Score: Very good, one of the best.
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-04-07 09:51:35 My Score: best thai food in amsterdam
Posted by J.M.G.C. on 2004-03-23 16:50:35 My Score: Was there last 03/20/04. We not only had a good time (specially thanks to nice and extremelly beautifull waitress) but also got a very nice present (souvenir) from them (one of the small figures on table). Next time I'm in Amsterdam, will be there again!!! (perhaps I can take another figure with me...).
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-02-08 12:42:21 My Score: no 1thai rest in amsterdam
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-09-21 04:44:38 My Score: food is very nice
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-09-17 06:01:43 My Score: Het eten was voortrefelijken ,het restaurant zelf zowel van binnen als van buiten zag er echt voortrefelijk uit heel uitnodigend voor de klanten.
De bediening was heel klant vriendelijk.
En de prijs veel reuze mee.
Posted by saany on 2003-09-16 04:00:30 My Score: exellent food service
Posted by sam on 2003-09-16 03:58:26 My Score: no wordes
Posted by Steuart on 2003-03-06 08:23:11 My Score: Very busy, even in February, but the food was excellent, the service first rate and the staff very friendly.