I feel quite ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to Isaan, the popular Thai Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Doha until last night. Rania from Grand Hyatt asked me why – I was so taken aback by the question that I wasn’t able to make up a better excuse other than the truth – that it’s too far away from where I live and I have no patience to go through the traffic. Yes I know, it’s the lamest excuse specially since Doha is an itsy bitsy tiny city and there’s traffic anywhere you go anyway.
Last night though, I realized what I’ve been missing specially since it seems to me like every single person who I met at the new menu tasting event last night had Isaan as their favorite go-to Thai restaurant in the city. It’s a shame really that I was only able to go there for the launch of a new menu, I wonder what I’ve missed from the old one?
It was a popular event, there were too many of us that I didn’t even realize some people who I know attended it as well until they have updated their social media channels afterwards. However, the huge number of guests wasn’t anticipated by the restaurant I think as we waited for such a long time for the food to be served. That or they were probably still waiting for some other people to arrive. Either ways, we were all very hungry when food finally started to come to our table.
There were 10 dishes in total served, while most were good (some dishes were served cold) 2 dishes stood out for me. First would be Panang Gai which is chicken in panang curry. I love the coconut-y taste of the creamy sauce and as an Asian, I had to stop myself from asking for extra cups of rice as it’s just oh so good to eat curries with rice.
I also loved the Mieng Pla Thod which is deep fried sea bass in tamarind sauce to be wrapped in betel leaves. Apparently, this dish is a favorite of many from last night’s event. I’ve never really had betel leaf before, I was expecting an overpowering bitter taste so I was surprised that there was none. At least for my taste. No wonder some people love to wrap their tobacco in betel leaf. :p
Those dishes are enough to convince me to go back and try Isaan again. Maybe I’ll try some other dishes from their menu or maybe I’ll just stick to this two. I actually wouldn’t mind eating those two dishes alone again and again and again, with rice of course.
Isaan at Grand Hyatt Doha
Tel No. +974 4448 1250
I was a guest at Isaan for their new menu tasting event however as always, opinion stated and photos uploaded are my own and are in no way influenced.