SC & I rarely went to Thai restaurant since SC can’t eat spicy food, so when a group of our friends planned to have a break-fasting event at Chandara restaurant, I quickly agreed to it. Chandara is a fine dining Thai restaurant under the Jittlada group, which manages several Thai restaurants around Jakarta including Jittlada and White Elephant. During Ramadhan month, the restaurant is often fully-booked for break-fasting, so we made sure to place a reservation several days ahead.
When we arrived, we’re happy that we’re given a private room and it was in a non-smoking area like we requested prior to our reservation. The interior of the main dining room is exotic and glamorous, but I didn’t take any pictures as the place was so crowded with guests. Our friends who arrived before us have already placed the order so we didn’t order anything else except drinks.
So that night, we started with thod man goong (prawn cake) 75K, tod man pla (light curry flavored fish cake) 75K, poh piah tod (deep fried spring rolls filled with mince chicken, glass noodles and peanut) 50K, som tam (papaya salad) 50K, fak thong sangkaya (Thai custard with pumpkin) 40K, kluay tod (banana fritters with vanilla ice cream) 40K and roti canai 50K.
For main courses, we ordered tom yam goong (tradional Thai soup with prawn, mushroom and lemongrass) 75K, gang panang gai (thickened and sweet red curry with chicken) 75K gang gwio warn gai (authentic green curry with coconut cream, sweet basil leaves, long eggplant, chilis, with chicken) 70K, goong pat nam prik gapi (stir-fried spicy shrimp paste with prawns and long beans) 65K, khao ohb nam-liaeb (fried rice with Chinese black olive and chicken served with fresh chilies, lime, shallot, and cashew nuts) 75K, mad ke yao pad pla kem (Stir-fried eggplant with garlic, soya bean, salted fish, minced chicken and oyster sauce) 55K, phad thai (stir-fried vermicelli with shrimps, chicken, eggs, tomatoes, bean sprouts, spring onions) 65K, phad tua loantow (stir-fried snow peas, straw mushroom and baby corn with oyster sauce) 60K, pla jaramed tod gratiam (stir-fried pomfret with garlic and served with chili sauce) 225K and pla krapong manaow (steamed whole seabass with fresh lime juice and chili sauce) 225K
Overall, many the food served at Chandara were delicious, with fast and attentive service. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication that night as they did not inform us during reservation and after our arrival that we only have about 2 hours to dine there. It resulted in some of our friends who arrived late being unable to order and eat anymore. It was such a sour note that ruined what was supposed to be a great experience. I hope in the future, they can work out their service better so this kind of thing will not happens again.