ENCORE ENCORE has now become a Thai restaurant, the only one in Denia.
To sample the new dishes now on offer at this already popular venue, The Euro Weekly News sent two foodies to try it out and report back…
Choosing the evening three-course set menu, there are five starters and five main courses to choose from, offering a good choice, without complicating it for those who have not tried Thai food before.
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For the starter we tried Moo Gratiam Phrik Thai; delicious pieces of pork in a type of crispy batter, served with a dark soy sauce dip and Yam Talav, which is a spicy seafood salad.
For the main course a delicious dish called Pad Thai Goong was served consisting of flat noodles, stir- fried with prawns and egg, accompanied with bean sprouts. Traditionally all the peanut mixture would be in the dish. However, thoughtfully, it is put just to the side so that you can add to your taste and for us, it was perfect using it all!
The Penang Neua Thai beef curry was accompanied with a perfect mound of jasmine rice. Even having travelled extensively around Thailand, it was the best Thai beef curry we had ever tried and did not disappoint being an explosion of little spices balanced with a coconut smoothness.
To wash down the delicate flavours and aromas a house red, a Julian Santos Tempranillo 2011 at €12.50 was the choice of the night.
With a perfect and welcome break before dessert, it was another difficult choice between mango ice cream or mojito sorbet. The sorbet was the tempting winner and was refreshing and minty as you would expect, but also kind of rich and creamy; the perfect way to end a perfect meal.
Encore Encore’s staff are friendly and helpful and attention is paid to every detail and all dishes were perfectly presented.
The chef is a lovely petite Thai lady. She takes a great pride in the food she serves. Thai food has very distinctive flavours of its own using the best fresh ingredients and spices and she understands that totally traditional Thai food may be too strong for the English palate and therefore introduces the spices carefully.
The three-course menu is normally €19.50, however at the moment there is an introductory discount of 15 per cent. For those not wanting a full meal, there are also various tapas available.
As it was the first Saturday in the month, it was also Salsa night when people of all ages get up on the dance floor. This venue offers great live entertainment and has got to be the best night out in Denia. See the web site for map and further details www.livemusicindenia.com
The kitchen is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with orders taken from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
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