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Monday, 5 June 2017
Easy Tiger: modern Thai cuisine in Collingwood
We chose the vegan Tiger Banquet for $95 each. This involved a volley of street food dishes - "small bites that arrive one after another, building your appetite", and then rice courses - " a banquet feast that arrives all together and is eaten together on the plate", and finally dessert. I regret to say that I did not take notes, nor extensive photos. (Thanks to Cindy for some help with remembering.) So there are some gaps in my tale of the meal but hopefully it is enough of a snapshot to remember the fine food at Easy Tiger.
It was most impressive that there was a non-alcoholic drink matching for the banquet. I was tempted but heeded Cindy's wise advice that it was quite filling. So I chose one non-alcoholic cocktail: the Yuzu Soda which was made of yuzu citrus, soda, sugar syrup and lemon. It was quite tart at first mouthful and then wonderfully refreshing. I was also tempted by the lemongrass and ginger soda. -
This dish was really tasty with some chilli and kaffir in it. I ate a piece of chilli and so had that unpleasant burning mouth sensation. After that I neatly placed the thin strips of chilli at the side of my plate. I had quite a pile. However the chilli seemed hit and miss. Others hardly got any chilli. It did not dampen my enthusiasm for the dish.
The meal was finished off in style with some sweet, salty, sour, spicy boiled lollies (hard candies). They were more sweet at first and then the chilli hit and my tastebuds just withdrew from the burn. We decided it was like a Willy Wonka sweet that he was trialling.
It is a shame it took my so long to visit Easy Tiger but I am glad I did. The food was wonderful and will raise the bar high for the next Thai restaurant I visit. The staff were friendly and attentive and I liked the simple ambiance of the courtyard. It was great to catch up with some people I haven't seen for a while and I was sorry that Rosalie could not come as she had organised the meal but you can read her review of her previous visit at Quinces and Kale.
Easy Tiger is open until 16 June and then will close its doors on over 6 years of feeding modern Thai food in Collingwood that has managed to be both stylish and filled with flavour.
96 Smith Street