KEDAHANS need not travel far to satisfy their cravings for spicy tomyam anymore as they can now get it from Medina Thai Palace restaurant in Alor Setar.
Located in Jalan Stadium, the restaurant has a wide range of Thai dishes, as authentic as the ones in Thailand, but at a more affordable price.
Its owner Sharifah Alia Farhanas Syed Unan Mashri, 32, said the main cook and several helpers were brought in all the way from the Land of Smiles to keep the food’s authenticity.
“Locals need not travel to the border just to have a Thai meal as they can get it right here,” she said in an interview recently.
The restaurant has a cosy ambience with Thai and local elements in its decoration such as traditional Thai wood carvings as well as photographs of the old Kedah Sultanate on its wall.
Besides being spacious and clean, it also has two VIP rooms for special functions and a room just for royalty.
Sharifah, who also owns the Le’ Medina Patisserie Café next door, said customers could also host parties, talks or other events in the restaurant.
“We serve mango fish, tomyam kung, pulut mango, laksa Siam and others as well.
“Food served here is halal and 150 people can fit in the restaurant at any one time,” she said.
The opening last September drew royalty to the doors of the restaurant.
Kedah Regency Council chairman Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah and council member Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah graced the event.
Also present were restaurant co-owner Sharifah Nur Syifaa Syed Tajul Arif and its two advisers Datuk Paduka Syed Unan Mashri and Datuk Syed Tajul Arif.
To celebrate the opening, the restaurant pledged to help increase pupil’s general knowledge and their command of English.
The restaurant donated RM10,000 to Star Publications (M) Bhd so that 17 primary schools in Kedah could receive The Star newspaper for free this year.
For this Chinese New Year, Sharifah said the restaurant was offering a RM388 package throughout the 15 days of the celebration.
The package consists of nine dishes, desserts, Chinese tea and soft drinks.
The restaurant opens every day from 11am to 11pm.
For more information, call 04-7304071.