Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cafe Ruchee

I have been to this place before when Hanno and Haz (my favourite couple) from Germany visited. Ruchee, who is the boss of this place is originally from Thailand and infused alot of her cooking with western styles. I like this place because it's relatively quiet with reasonable priced meals and lovely hospitality.

True, the decor isn't that fantastic but it's a clean cut place.

The menu features a good mix of Thai and Western style. Personally, I tend to go for dishes that reflects the heritage of the chef (if I know what heritage it is/or perhaps the theme of the restaurant). I headed for Thai straight away because I know that Ruchee is famous for that! Cafe Ruchee has a deal with the nearby gym so weight loss fanatics can choose healthy meals too.

For every main meal ordered, you get to feast on the range of salads at the buffet table. My picture turned out blurry but it's a good range of fruits, coleslaw, garden , potato, pasta and beetroot salads. I wouldn't say it's fantastic but certainly keeps your hunger at bay while you wait for the food. Food is make to order so there is a bit of a wait but guaranteed freshness.

Seafood Tom Yum soup with rice. Oops- I lost the cute picture of the rice!! They served it on a bed of shredded carrots. It's really pretty. The tom yum has the right amount of sourness in it. From memory, most tom yum we tasted were rather oily. You couldn't taste the oil in this. In fact, it's a strong tasting soup with good amount of spiciness in it. The way Tom Yum should be. There wasn't a greasy after taste as well.

I was debating whether to order thai seafood salad or thai beef salad. In the end, I chose Thai beef. I was not disappointed. They provided generous tender slices of beef- I felt like the salad was bottomless....After eating for 10 mins, there was still a heap of beef and salad left! The dressing was mild and contained hints of sesame oil and fish sauce. The crispy noodles added a good crunch. It was such a HUGE portion that 2 of us can't finish that.

The winner is definitely the Thai Beef Salad. I'm so going back there again. Total cost- $30.

Cafe Ruchee
Bentley Shopping Centre
1140 Albany Hwy
08 9358 2222

Edited post- I used Flickr to host the pictures but I was disappointed with how it turned out on blogger. I probably need to fiddle around with it abit more. Nevertheless, thanks to helpful readers, I have a better insight of how flickr works! =)
I will probably continue to use blogger "post pictures" function for a while but used flickr as an online food photo album. Besides, it looks pretty on the left side of the panel. ;p


Retno Prihadana said...

The Thai beef salad looks lovely!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Looks like a great place! I'd eat those dishes anyday.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Hi Daphne,
Thanks for visiting my blog! That salad does look so yummy!

teckiee said...

is that white mushrooms in that tom yam soup?

daphne said...

retno prihadana- yeah! i have always thought beef salad is just meat on a bed of leaves but this changed my mind abt it!

Kelly- oh yeah! i think i can too! hhee

wandering chopsticks-thanks for coming by. yeah! the salad is yummy!! =)

Teckiee- u r sooo right babe! It is white fresh mushrooms!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Oooo! Yummy thai beef salad!

James said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! That salad does look so yummy!

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