Jaiya Thai UES

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Jaiya Thai UES

This was a first of its kind weekend. First time we made a day especially about the kid. Not that we don’t bring him out, but it’ll usually be our kind of place too. Plus an importance on a meal. I guess that’ll never go away, as long as I’m in picture 🙂

So, this was a spring day in February! And we went to the Central Park Zoo. I’d not be interested, had it not been for baby K.

A bunch of friends and families (read kids K’s age) joined too. It was almost thirty past noon by the time we got to there.

We spent quite some time there, from watching them to feeding them to playing a little. It was past 5 that we wrapped up from there. Got to the UES location of Jaiya Thai, as a friend wanted to eat Thai.

The location is swankier than its Curry Hill outpost. No wonder the prices looked a bit jacked up. The taste was better than what I have memories of, from the Lexington avenue location.

The drinks were good, but I couldn’t necessarily tell the guava in probably what was their namesake cocktail. The other two that I tried – one with fresh juice and one with cucumber were great.

The presentation of the soups were great. So was the taste. The tom kha is certainly one of the most memorable ones I’ve had till date.

The fried rice dishes were classic and exactly what you’d expect, simple yet flavorful, grains separated yet sticking together with that right amount of bite to it. The curries met expectations, with a good balance of salt and sweet except for probably massaman which was a tad too sweet. The pad thai noodles were good, the drunken man could’ve been better.

The ginger ice cream was on the spot. The green tea creme brulee, alright.

It was a good evening, with the tired kids cooperating and eating a bit (relatively) and letting us eat and enjoy a leisurely meal.

I’m thankful. For all this. And a lot of other things.


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