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Best Thai Restaurants in Adelaide

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published April 10th 2015
What is Thai cuisine, apart from the obvious answer that it's cuisine native to Thailand? My family enjoys Thai food, probably due to its similarities with the Chinese and Malay food that we love. Thai food is known for its enthusiastic use and combination of herbs and spices. Fish Sauce is the staple ingredient for seasoning Thai food and its saltiness is similar to the Soya Sauce used in Chinese cooking. The main herbs and spices used in Thai cooking are chillies, garlic, lime, gingers, basil, lemon grass, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder and mint. Jasmine rice is the staple grain and its light fluffy texture and fragrance makes it an ideal complement for the distinctive flavoursome Thai dishes.

Toptai Restaurant at O'Connell Street, North Adelaide is my family's favourite Thai restaurant. Toptai is known for winning the award for the Best Thai Restaurant in South Australia. Their dishes are delicious with a generous serving size. One of our favourites is the Spicy Barramundi, consisting of crispy pieces of barramundi tossed in chilli and fried basil leaves.

Toptai, Spicy Barramundi, Adelaide
Toptai's Spicy Barramundi


Along the same street is another Thai restaurant called Thai by 3 Monkeys. The food at this restaurant was tasty though it is not our favourite. We felt that the portions of their dishes could have been a bit bigger for a more fulfilling meal.

Thai by 3 Monkeys, Massaman Beef Curry, Adelaide
Thai by 3 Monkeys' Massaman Beef Curry


We paid Parade Thai at Norwood a visit because my mother's friend claims it's the best Thai restaurant in Adelaide. The restaurant felt a bit cramped but they offered a few unique dishes such as the Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice. The service was quick despite the large crowd.

Parade Thai, Blue Crab Fried Rice, Adelaide
Parade Thai's Blue Crab Fried Rice


Mango Tree Authentic Thai at Port Road is another restaurant that we came to visit through word of mouth. With the exception of the Pad Makhuer, a dish consisting of fried eggplant with a topping of crispy noodles, the sizes of their dishes were a bit small. All the dishes (including the rice) were very nicely presented and delectable. Besides the eggplant dish, the most memorable dish was the Gaeng Ped Ped Yaang, a red curry made with roasted duck breast.

Mango Tree, Pad Makhuer, Adelaide
Mango Tree's Pad Makhuer


Do share with us your favourite Thai restaurant in Adelaide, we are always keen to have another yummy tasty Thai meal.
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In Thais at Brighton gets my repeat custom. It's handy, tasty and inexpensive.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4065) 1497 days ago
I would rate Thai Chef in Pulteney St CBD as the best.
by bobow (score: 0|2) 1496 days ago
Pt wakefield truck stop Thai food - is the best
by kram9 (score: 1|12) 1495 days ago
Pranee Thai Restaurant on Brighton Road North Brighton is clearly the best Thai Restaurant in Adelaide for authenticity an value for money.
by johnt (score: 0|2) 1416 days ago
Soi 38 in Pulteney Street is brilliant. Fantastic food, great wine list and the staff there are absolutely superb.

Been there twice during the Fringe and no matter how busy they are the service in exceptional. One on our "go back to" list
by bilby (score: 1|26) 1167 days ago
In the Northeast it is very hard to go past Aroy Thai near TTP. Consistently very good
by lee.h (score: 0|2) 906 days ago
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