We made our way over to the Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers to try out their Thai sensation of a restaurant, Lan Tania, and our taste buds were taken on a marvelous trip...
Thai food properly prepared is a like symphony of flavours on one’s tastes buds. Balancing between sour, sweet, spicy, and salty, Thai food is an explosion of tastes that can cater to anyone's personal preference and leave diners with wonderful food memories. This is exactly how we felt after dining at the uniquely Thai Lan Tania restaurant in the luxurious Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers. With Chef Pitchaphat at the helm, we were given a authentic culinary tour of Thailand that traveled from plate to mouth via fork without us having to book time off work or pay for airfare.
Visiting Lan Tania for the very first time, we were instantly floored with the comforting atmosphere and the careful attention to details that make up this unique fine dining experience. Chef Pitchaphat, who's been cooking from the age of ten and developing flavours for two decades, is the man who will be at the helm of our meal tonight and this chef boasts an authentic menu that will have you wanting to try every item on it.
World renowned for their variety of noodles, one would be fool to go out for a Thai experience without ordering a plate of noodles. Lovers of the delicious Pad Thai, we ordered the Phad Thai Kung Sod, an addictive plate of fresh rice noodles with juicy prawns and bean sprouts, served in a delectably creamy Tamarind Peanut Sauce. We must admit we haven’t been to Thailand, but this amazing plate was easily the best Pad Thai we have had here in Egypt, and left our taste buds in a state of nirvana.
Accompanying our Pad Thai was a delicious plate of Thai Fried Rice with Mixed Seafood better known in Thailand as Khow Phad Talay. Having a rice plate is almost a necessity to any Thai meal, as many of the dishes served are intended to be served on either noodles or rice. Looking to try a variety of dishes we decided to order was Nur Phad King, a sublime mix of stir friend beef with ginger, onions and chilli in Oyster sauce, which when eaten with rice provided a balanced bite that will live in our cherished food memories.
To be honest, picking our favourite dish of the night was probably the most difficult of tasks. The eating part was easy but trying to decide whether Pla Kapong Noung, a Steamed Sea bass fillet served in ginger, nappa cabbage, and Thai dressing, was more satisfying than the Gai Phad Med Mamuang, a stir fried chicken with cashew nuts and Thai chilli paste, was the equivalent to comparing apples and oranges. Both plates are stunning and delicious, but each have their own flavour profiles that make them memorable in their own unique ways.
Rounding out the meal and acting as refreshing palette cleanser was a sweet Thai banana dish. Served in Coconut milk this simple dessert was unlike any other banana dish we have ever tried. Not too heavy, not too sweet, but essentially the perfect way to end the meal for any banana lovers.
The whole evening was a special experience not often found in Cairo. With service, atmosphere, and most importantly taste delivering on all cylinders, Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers’, Lan Tania, is definitely a must try for anyone who loves Thai food, or anyone looking for a unique authentic taste of the far East.
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