Up on the first floor next to the historical Exchange Bar at Sarova Stanley, is Thai Chi restaurant. Grand wooden doors reveal an intimate set up; vintage decor marrying gold and burgundy, brass sculptures and soft Thai music welcome you to the piece of Thailand in the middle of Nairobi.
Our party of five was guided into the private dining area and after we settled in, Alex, our host for the evening, briefed us on Thai dining. “Dining in Thailand is a communal affair. Our dishes are served to share so as to emphasize on unity and togetherness which are major aspects of the Thai culture,” he stated.
I love it when a chef selects my dinner. Not only is it personalised but it gives him a chance to showcase his greatest creation and bring out the wow factor with meals you probably wouldn’t have thought of ordering from the menu. What I noticed about Thai Chi’s menu is that they serve up a lot of prawns. From Tom Yum with prawns to prawns with black pepper; prawn and seafood lovers, this is your haven.
To start, we had the papaya salad, marinated chicken satay with peanut sauce and tom yum soup with prawns. The salad boasted of balanced textures featuring cherry tomatoes, noodles, carrots, cashew nuts and lettuce. The tanginess on the salad from the lime, raw pawpaw and cherry tomatoes combined with the sweetness from carrots resulted to savoury treat. The chicken satay with a hint of coconut milk was served on bamboo sticks with peanut sauce on the side. It made for a great appetizer and the peanut sauce was so addictive, giving an unmatched taste sensation.
The last starter was the hot and spicy tom yum with prawns, a signature dish that best defines Thai flavours. It was nourishing, with bold flavours, crunchy prawns and just the right amount of heat… hot, sweet and spicy all in one dish.
For our mains, we had toasted tilapia fillet, chicken with fresh chilli and basil, prawns in black pepper sauce, honey glazed crispy duck and jasmine rice. The chicken dish was my favourite. I loved the strong aromatic components and spicy edge. The glass of chilled white wine came in handy when the need to cool off the heat arose. Even so, that’s how I like my chilli. I enjoyed the bold flavours in this simple yet gratifying meal.
The crispy crust tilapia fillet with garlic and lemon grass was covered in a sweet Thai sauce that synchronized perfectly with the other flavours. For dessert we had fried ice cream. The ice cream slowly melting inside the crisp shell made a sensational finale to the memorable experience. A rather lovely and unexpected treat at the end of our dinner was home-made fortune cookies with hidden messages, a unique and original gesture from the team.
Thai Chi have great offers that you can take advantage of such as a 15% discount every Monday on the total bill, 15% discount on your total bill every Saturday for couples and free dinner every weekend for one person for a booking of four people. If I were you, I’d make a booking for this weekend right this minute.