The girls and I finally got around to trying Jinda Thai, which is hidden just off Victoria Street in Richmond. The restaurant looked completely different to what I was expecting! Jinda Thai was a spacious restaurant with ample seating, high ceilings and large windows which allowed plenty of natural sunlight to shine through. The menu was extensive and deciding on what to order was a struggle (the good kind of struggle though...if you know what I mean). However, getting our order in was the bad kind of struggle. The service was great at the start however seemed to decline as the crowds started creeping in.
I'd never even heard of 'boat noodles' but was keen to try the dish for the first time at Jinda Thai. With a choice of either a beef or pork based soup with a choice of noodle, I settled with the beef with rice stick noodles. The soup looked as though it would be quite thick and salty, however it was seasoned perfectly. Doing some further research I've learned that the soup is actually thickened with pig's blood. This may be a little disgusting to some, but not to me! Pig's blood is one of my favourite things to have with congee. :3 There was also a choice of 4 sauces (a mix of chillis and vinegars) to add to taste but I'm not too much of a sauce person so I added them very sparingly.
Pad Thai ($15.90)
Pandan & Thai Milk Tea Crepe Cake ($8.50)
Now, we couldn't complete our meal without trying the Insta-famous crepe cake. Feeling gluttonous, we ordered both the Pandan and Thai Milk tea flavours. *Insert excited statement about how amazing this cake is*. Jokes! Okay, I am not sure if we were just unfortunate and got a bad batch but we really did not enjoy these as much as we had hoped. In fact, we couldn't manage to finish it! Instead of the light and fluffy texture I was expecting of this layered crepe cake, the cake had a (can't think of a more eloquent word) mushy and dense texture. It was kind of like eating play-doh..?!
In my opinion, the cake looks better than it tastes. I've heard a lot of positive things about the dessert so don't let my personal experience taint your own expectations - give it a try! Despite the slightly disappointing dessert, I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Jinda. I will most likely look towards Jinda Thai the next time I am craving Thai food but probably will be giving dessert here a miss.
Posted by : Meghan