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Krua Thai

Krua Thai

Published September 7, 2010

With watering mouths, my date and I arrived at Krua Thai. On our way  to the harbour, where the restaurant  is located, we talked about coconut  milk, lemon grass and hot curry, so that our longing for Thai food would reach its peak when we entered the inconspicuous looking place. Greeting  us with mustard yellow walls, some  Asian looking elephant mural and a selection of fake plants, the place tried  to create a cosy ambiance, but didn’t really succeed. Either eating in or  taking away (the full menu is available  for take-away), you order up front at a counter – and so that’s what we did. Out of a selection of forty dishes between 1200 and 1800 ISK, we  chose one with fish and one with  lamb. We thought, that would be  a good idea – being in Iceland and  all. We just had to wait for a short amount of time, surrounded by a mix  of tourists and Icelanders in the half  full restaurant. “Number thirty-one, Chu Chilli”, said the waitress to the room. After responding “here”, we  found ourselves inspecting a plate  of fish, accompanied by another one with rice. Most fish dishes on the  menu were listed as ‘fried fish;’ we specifically chose Chu Chilli (1600 ISK) – fish cooked in red curry and  coconut milk, served with rice – to  avoid the breaded coating.. Still, we were disappointed by the discovery that  Chu Chilli is, nevertheless, prepared with deep-fried fish, making things  kinda soggy. We hear “number five, Gaeng Khiao Waan”. The  green curry with lamb, served with rice, comes in a  bowl, accompanied with the obligatory plate of rice. Green beans, bamboo  and pepper taste a little flat, but all  right, the lamb in our Gaeng Khiao  Waan (1450 ISK), however, is definitely  chewy. Leaving the restaurant with the  well-known taste of curry, coconut  milk and lemon grass in our mouths, we feel a little disappointed, but  stuffed nonetheless. We might come  back, with lowered expectations and  then we will definitely order chicken, which we hear is a better choice.
Krua Thai, Tryggvagötu 14 
What we think: We’ve had better Thai food 
Flavour: Spicy, but a little boring 
Ambiance:  Colourful, but not cosy 
Service: Friendly and helpful
Rating: 2.5/5

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