I was looking for a good meal to treat myself yesterday and walked past Chakri and saw their "best Tom Yam in Town" poster. I was attracted but I went and surveyed other restaurants. I then decided I will go for Chakri because I had a good meal there some years back. Boy was I sorry I did!
The place is too dark for my liking, and it feels like they are trying to save on electricity rather than to create a cosy ambience.
Secondly I ordered a tiger prawn tom yam and a green curry beef. They later came back and said the green curry was not available. WHAAaatttt???!! Which self-respecting Thai restaurant can run out of a staple of green curry? It's just paste!!!! So i changed to red curry beef.
The tom yam came and immediately I wasn't impressed. There's no proper soup spoon, and the prawn was not fresh (grainy and mushy texture, not springy). And definitely over-cooked. Taste was average only, nowhere near the best in town.
Then the real shocker of the night: the rice! It wasn't Thai fragrance rice!!!!!!!!##^$#%$##%$#@ I just can't believe it! Chakri Palace in KLCC??????? Not only did they not serve fragrant rice, the rice they gave me was fantastically poor in quality!!
The red curry tasted quite good but the beef was hard and tough as cardboard.
My bill came to RM70+ in all, a truly expensive meal for close to a seriously sub-standard meal. If they didn't advertise their special chefs and brag about their food at the doorway, perhaps I'd have given another star reluctantly.
Those who give this place a positive review either have poor taste buds, don't care much about good food or are not familiar with the high quality of Thai food available in KL. I'm a local Chinese-Malaysian who loves Thai food an I think it's a disgrace what these folks are putting out!