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Would Come Here Dayli!

5.0 Stars

I had dinner last night with some European friends at Dayli restaurant. It was my second visit and it did not disappoint. Set all the way down Soi 13 off of Nimmanhaemin, I discovered it when an American friend who speaks Thai fluently said that there were some dishes we had to try there. She commenced in ordering things that were not on the English menu and I feel compelled to share them with you. My recommendation is to split everything as this is a Thai style restaurant, and the dishes are quite large and come out when they are ready. We started with the tempura fried morning glory and peanut, onion, coriander, limejuice, and garlic dipping sauce. Not to be missed! Then we shared my favorite Dayli delicacy, which is the bite size sweet and sour fish in a pineapple, cucumber, and chili au jus, served side by side a second fried fish with a garlicky sauce. Just watch out for the little bones. This dish is also not on the menu so you have to do some charades to communicate, as the staff doesn’t quite speak English. Other things to try are the vegetable omelet, and the chicken curry. Specify if you don’t want it too spicy. Even if you think you can take it, unless your blood is South East Asian, you can’t! Order a big bowl of rice to accompany your feast and enjoy since they are in no rush to get you outta there. The restaurant is outdoors and tented in case of monsoon rains, and the ambience is charming; eating by candlelight, and twinkling Christmas lights. The small four-top wooden tables and chairs are perfect for having a good chat with friends. Predominantly Thai classic rock pumps through the sound system. There is also a little Tiki looking smoothie cart if you are not in the mood for beer. It was pretty packed with Thai students both occasions that I was there, but wasn’t too difficult to snag a table. Perhaps most importantly, the bathrooms are clean and chic. For some reason most bathrooms in Thailand are pretty scummy, usually holes in the floor so when you stumble across ones that are stylish, you take note. The only thing missing is a hand dryer. I think if I were in the export business, my first export would be napkins/paper towels to Thailand as they use toilet paper to wipe their hands and it just doesn’t cut it for me. However, I guess it’s more environmentally friendly to wipe your hands on your pants. For four of us plus two glasses of beer each, we each paid $6.00.

On Tue Aug 11, 2009 | Back to Dayli