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NOT: Grasshopper Asian Kitchen, Shop 6, 36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Today we have a guest blog from Jetsetting Mum, a lady who knows her Asian food (being Chinese and the cooking force in her family).

Having received a tip-off from Jetsetting Joyce that Grasshopper was offering 25% off takeaway for a limited time, I couldn’t wait to download their menu and make a choice of dishes for dinner.

I would like to point out that since it was just a takeaway order, I’ll not be able to comment on the ambience, service and food presentation that could only be experienced when dining-in. So this review is all about the taste of the food from this restaurant.

Jestsetting Dad and I are partial to both Vietnamese and Thai food, so we chose a bit of both from the menu. We started off with the green papaya salad with carrots, herbs and nahm jim dressing ($15). The strong presence of mint leaves and coriander , together with some crushed peanuts in a tangy and salty dressing gave the salad a refreshing taste which was good for the sticky summer weather.

However, the pad thai with chicken ($17) was a disappointment. It was just some stir-fry soft noodles with chicken, bean sprouts, a few egg strips and crushed peanuts and pak-choy(!). The chicken pieces were char-grilled and the smoky taste totally overrode what should be the subtle sweet, sour and salty taste of an authentic pad thai.

We ate the Thai green chicken curry with chicken and asian herbs and vegetables ($17) with a small serve of jasmine rice ($3). The curry sauce was some dark liquid which could probably indicate a heavy-hand with the soy sauce.  I thought I could detect a hint of coconut taste but wasn’t sure as there was none of the creamy coconut milk normally found in a traditional Thai green curry.  The few chicken pieces were moist but the veggies weren’t worth mentioning (the downside of takeaway food, veggies turn yellow and soggy). Overall, the curry was quite spicy but generally too sweet, leaving the mouth with an unpleasant sugary after-taste.

I’m open to Asian food with a modern twist but the original basic elements like flavour and ingredients have to be retained. The dish has to taste good too, irrespective of its “re-incarnation”. As Grasshopper is offering only takeaway dishes this week (dining-in returns at the weekend), I have a suspicion that the head-chef is on holidays, hence the sub-standard fare we had. Perhaps I will dine-in one day in the future to find out if the food is any better.

Update: After this review, the owner of Grasshopper contacted us. Ariane responded to our comments in an extremely positive manner, apologising for the poor experience and letting us know that our feedback was valued and had been passed onto the kitchen. She also offered us a voucher so that we could try the dining-in experience. Ariane’s proactive and genuine wish to satisfy customers should be commended and rates a HOT from us.

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Discussion

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  1. Great review – glad to see that they took your review feedback on board! I have emailed establishments about particularly bad servive in the past and gotten nothing but a PR email in return.

    Glad to see they acted proactively – I”m keen to try out their Restaurant (Dine in) we live too far away for takeaway! 🙂
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..Bunnyconnellen Olives – Convivial Pleasures Indeed… =-.

    Posted by Joy | January 13, 2010, 1:45 pm
  2. Well if you get chance of going to any foreign country, the food taste of that place must be changed than that of your own. so be careful in the selection of any dish…………

    Posted by kitchenanddining | January 28, 2010, 5:00 pm
  3. I’ve always liked Asian food. Nice review you got here by the way. I’ve experienced “innovation” taste but it doesn’t go well with my taste buds lol… Glad to know they took your review. =)

    Posted by Denis | May 1, 2010, 7:32 pm
  4. Great article indeed. I might just have a taste of the food ands see when I come that way next month. Thanks for the reviews though.

    Posted by Kitchens Manchester | July 1, 2010, 1:18 am
  5. Interesting comments and reviews. I’m certainly a big Asian food fan as well. It has so much flavour and spice.

    Posted by white kitchen cabinets | July 21, 2010, 12:03 am
  6. I dined at Grasshopper last night, choosing it for my birthday dinner based on various positive reviews. While the ambience was lovely and the service was superb, we felt that overall our dining experience was probably a 7/10. First, we were disappointed by our starter tasting plate. It had four different starters served in pairs of bite-sized portions. The “san choi bow” was heavily seasoned and utterly overwhelmed the tiny shreds of lettuce on the bottom, but even if the mince had been served with full lettuce cups, it still would have been much too salty. The other starters were similarly disappointing — either overseasoned or bland, and not well balanced in terms of texture. Our mains were an improvement — I had pork belly (garnished with soft shell crab, watercress, corn relish & corn puree) and this was probably the best dish of the meal. The crackling on top was perfect, the meat was meltingly soft, the crab was delicious and it all married nicely with the garnishes. My hubby ordered the duck breast, which was moist and tender in two our of three slices, but the bed of soy beans (badged “soya cassoulet” in the menu) was surprisingly bland. Last, I ordered the Malay doughnut for dessert. The doughnut was almost perfect (slightly overdone), and the pandan ice cream went well with it, but the apple cloud was odd man out on the plate — tart, softer than a marshmallow — I just could not fathom why it was being served with the other two. (If I were the chef and really needed to balance out the plate with a third item, I would try something caramel & nut based. Am I crazy?)

    Posted by jaguarish | August 3, 2010, 12:30 am
  7. Hi Everyone, I know some of the old reviews are not too great, however, just wanted to let you know that Grasshopper has just reopened with new owners, a new chef and a fantastic new menu. Why not come in and give it another shot.

    Posted by Grasshopper | March 22, 2012, 12:17 pm

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