Coyoty eats Thai curry mussels.

At Sheffield’s in Cromwell, CT.

“Steamed in green coconut curry broth.”

Dinner rolls.

Potato and leek soup.

Truffle fries. “Truffle oil, asiago and fried garlic served with pesto aioli.”

Coyoty eats curried crab and goat.

At Royal Masala Restaurant and Bar in Hartford, CT.

Goat rogan josh: “Goat meat bone-in with whole spic[e]s, tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic.” I think I will avoid goat from now on. Each time it gets served with unexpected bones (the print menu didn’t mention them), and more of it gets in my teeth and gums than in my stomach.

Royal Masala exterior.

Royal Masala interior.

Mandala artwork.

Tawa crab with salad, and mint black tea: “Crab meat sauteed with curry leaves, onion, squeeze fresh lime and red chili.”

Pistachio kulfi with chocolate: A traditional Indian ice cream dessert.

Coyoty eats amazing Lao-Thai food.

At the East West Grille Lao-Thai Restaurant in West Hartford, CT.

Many reviews say this restaurant has the best and most authentic Thai food around, and I believe it. Everything here was excellent, especially the wok roasted mussels. Normally I would start off with photos of the main entree, but the mussels were so good, I have to start with them.

Lao Wok Roasted Mussel shells in sunlight
Lao Wok Roasted Mussel shells in sunlight.

Lao Wok Roasted Mussels
Lao Wok Roasted Mussels. “Quick hot stir fried mussels with sweet basil & bell pepper. Served in a wok.” This is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.  They weren’t tiny mussels either; they were big and meaty and spicy.  It’s probably their signature dish, but I’ll have to go back and try everything else to make sure. Successful restaurants should have at least one dish people will keep going back for.