I had the pleasure of dining at Pamika as their guest. Pamika is an authentic Thai restaurant serving delicacies like: satay chicken skewers, Tom Yum soup, currys, fried rices and more. They also have an extensive cocktail list – which includes a rum based drink served in a pineapple – and all are inspired by Thailand. Pamika is a great place for all Thai food lovers and those looking for an exotic adventure into Thailand.
Date: Thursday March 8th 2018
Table of: 2
My favorite dish: Beef panaeng
Pamika is located on Sherbrooke, close to Parc La Fontaine. They’ve actually been there for about 5 years now, where they started out with just 12 seats and a cook, Pamika and have now expanded to a larger seating capacity and multiple Thai chefs.
I’m a bit ashamed to say it but the only Thai dish I’m quite familiar with is pad Thai. I’ve been to Thailand twice though, so I definitely ate a variety of Thai dishes while I was there, but I was never very fond of Thai food, until I tried Pamika.
I really liked the layout of the restaurant, with the low ceilings, dimmed lights and Asian inspired decor throughout the restaurant; it reminded me of a Chinese restaurant I used to go to all the time when I lived in Australia. The restaurant was very full for a Thursday evening, which goes to show its popularity.
Pamika offers a lot of different dishes, but the waiters were super helpful and knowledgeable when it came to making recommendations and suggestions. In the end, we ordered two cocktails and four dishes to share (all dishes are made to share, like tapas) as was recommended for two people who are hungry. As well, its important to note that we were warned before the start of our meal that dishes come out at random as soon as they are cooked and ready to be served.
First up was the Seafood Kha Talay (Tom Kha Ta Lay) : shrimps, calamaris, galanga, lemongrass and coconut milk. This soup was absolutely delicious and full of coconut flavours (I really like coconut milk) and lemongrass. The broth was super flavourful, the seafood delicious and overall just warm and comforting.
Next up (while we were still eating the soup) was the Chicken satay: grilled chicken skewers, peanut and coconut dressing. The chicken was very good, tender and juicy, which can be tricky with strips of chicken breast. The skewers were nicely grilled with that smokey charcoal taste and came with a delicious peanut sauce.
Mid-way through our meal, our drinks arrived. I chose the Bangkok delight: Havana anejo, pineapple and mango purée in a pineapple which was yummy and full of pineapple and mango flavours. I loved the taste of my drink and the superb presentation. Alex on the other hand ordered the Thai Boxer: Sochu, Bombay, mint, sour Pamika, ginger beer which was also very good and refreshing, like an Asian mojito.
Following the drinks, the Beef Panaeng: flank steak, red peppers, pea eggplants, Thai basil was served. I absolutely loved this dish and it was my favorite. It was so good and full of delicious flavours; you could taste the coconut, the curry, the lemongrass and the heat, all perfectly balanced together. The sauce was extra delicious over some sticky white rice, the beef was quite tender and so were the red peppers. Personally though, I didn’t enjoy the pea eggplants, as the taste was quite bitter, but they were easily avoided and everything else thoroughly enjoyed.
We also tried the Hybrid brown and white rice, which was one of the specials on the menu that night. It was a very interesting rice, as it tasted like a mix between white and brown rice, but the texture was much harder than white rice. Our waiter told us that this is a new kind of rice, very unique and special and that Pamika is the only one to offer it in Montreal.
For our fourth and final dish, we chose the Pineapple fried rice with chicken, carrots, tomatoes, onions and fresh pineapple. From the first bite, I found this dish very good and full of flavour. The chicken was very tender and the rice overall was sweet (perhaps cooked with some pineapple juice?), salty and moist. There was a very nice balance between all of these different flavours. I even enjoyed the pineapple bits in the rice, which i don’t usually, as I prefer to keep my fruits out of my savoury dishes. But, Pamika successfully blends in the sweetness of the pineapple in this fried rice dish.
For dessert, we chose one of each: the pandan tapioca and the pandan crème brûlée. The pandan crème brûlée was delicious; very smooth, creamy and sweet, but with a small flavour twist on your typical vanilla crème brûlée, thanks to the pandan syrup used that comes from pandan leaves (which also gave it a nice green color). As well, there was no sugar cover to break, instead, there was a sweet and crunchy coconut syrup.
As for the pandan tapioca, the taste was also very good but its not my kind of dessert, as I’m not a big fan of the texture of tapioca. Nonetheless, it tasted very good and Alex really liked it, as he does enjoy the texture of tapioca.
Overall, we had a great evening at Pamika. Everything we ate was delicious and full of Thai flavours that I’ve learned to love over the last few years (coconut, lemongrass, curry, etc.). My favorite dish was definitely the beef panaeng, which I highly recommend to all who will visit Pamika! The cocktails were also very good and a must at this Thai brasserie. However, even though we were warned, I disliked the fact that the dishes were served at random and at the same time as other dishes (I hate eating cold). Overall the service was quite rapid as well, as we were out of there in about an hour. With that said, the food was so good that it was still worth it. Pamika is the perfect place for a 5à7 with friends, or a Thai foodie date. Enjoy!
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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos are mine