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Trying Out: Tommy Thongchai @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

So I’ve been meaning to check out this new gastropub near my workplace, coz I’ve walked past it a couple of times and the decor/vibe seemed really cool. Finally decided to visit one evening because traffic was horrendous and I didn’t want to spend 2.5 hours stuck in the car. :’D

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Newly opened in March this year, Tommy Thongchai is a Thai gastropub, serving East meets West fusion cuisine alongside a wide selection of alcoholic drinks. The liberal use of neon lights, rattan furniture paired with cosy cushions amidst the backdrop of the bar creates an instantly Instagram-worthy venue. The centrepiece of the main dining area is a colourful fairy light chandelier, featuring cute lighted pieces of Thai flags, flowers and other tiny trinkets.

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For those who prefer more privacy, the gastropub features a cosier dining spot next to the bar, which feels more enclosed and has plants hanging from the ceiling for a touch of green.

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The venue prides itself in its drinks with a Thai spin, as the mixologists hail from the Land of Smiles. Typically ranging from RM28 – 35, the extensive list covers cocktails and drinks with a Thai twist, including gems such as Tommy’s Tom Yum Thai (galangal, kaffir lime, lime, lemongrass and vodka) and Thai Tea with A Kick (lime, pineapple, honey ginger, Thai tea and rum).

**This is blasphemy because I’m not a very good alcohol drinker, ergo, I went with the alcohol-free Thai tea. lmao.

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The food is innovative and beautifully presented as well. Fusion is the name of the game: there are pasta and pizzas with Thai ingredients, burgers, rice dishes and sharing platters ideal for alcohol pairing. I ordered the Curry Tonkatsu – Japanese breaded and deep fried pork cutlet, served with a side of creamy Thai-style curry and soup. The tonkatsu was quite sizable and sure to satisfy the cravings of carb and meat-eaters, although I felt like the curry could have had a thicker consistency.

Main dishes are priced around RM25++.

  • Service: 8/10
  • Ambience: 8/10
  • Food: 7/10
  • Price: RM20+ for drinks, RM25+ for mains.

TOMMY THONGCHAI 

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