Note: restaurant has closed and been replaced with a different restaurant (King Tiger Thai) with new staff and owners not associated with Wattani Thai Cafe. Author has not visited King Tiger Thai.
I had come to the family room and caught the beginning of Rick Stein’s travels through Asia where he was in Cambodia and they were showing how their national dish, Fish Amok, is made. The end result looked delicious so I managed to find the episode on the web and after much fast forwarding and rewinding, got the ingredients and attempted my own version. It came out really well although I had no idea how it’s supposed to taste. I had mentioned my attempts to some work colleagues, one of which happens to be Cambodian and told me to visit Wattani Thai Café Restaurant, which although a Thai restaurant, does have the national Cambodian dish, fish amok.
I went there for dinner with my parents on a cold Sunday night and the place was empty. Must have got their quite early I figured. I was amused among the tables laid out, one had a reserved sign on it. Heck, we could have taken any table. As the night went on there was a slow stream of people coming in for take away. We started with fish cakes and satay chicken skewers. The fish cakes were okay and the chicken not bad but quite a thin portion of grilled chicken put on the skewers. For mains we went with the jungle curry which sounded a bit wild, fish amok of course, a beef red curry and fried rice and steamed rice. The fish amok had a similar flavour to what I had cooked but was much more salty and very intense and concentrated. I think it was a bit too salty but was quite enjoyable, but I enjoyed my version better and my parents agreed.
In terms of the other mains, the jungle curry lacked flavour, the red curry was quite liquidity, and the fried rice didn’t disgrace itself. The servings were passable but we didn’t decide to stick around for dessert but we were comfortably full but not that satisfied with the meal in general.
Verdict: Reasonable food but not a place I’d visit again. More suited to the odd take-out.
Value: Good, but the servings were passable so not that value for money
Recommendation: Try Once If You Want But Not Worth Visiting Again
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