Located along Tynte Street in North Adelaide, Amarin Thai specialises in serving Thai cuisine. Service was a bit slow during our visit but the delicious food was well worth the wait. During our visit, we ordered the Moo Kar Tame, Pepper and Garlic Squid and Pad Ka Pao.
Pad Ka Pao is a dish of stir-fried vegetables and tofu tossed in a chilli and basil sauce. Both the vegetables and tofu were cooked just right with the chilli and basil sauce adding a potent spicy hit. If you are not a fan of spicy dishes, a milder version known as Pad King with the ingredients stir-fried in a ginger sauce is also available.
Moo Kar Tame is somewhat similar to a Thai version of Char Siu, a popular dish in Cantonese cuisine consisting of pork barbecued in a sauce usually made from fermented bean curd, honey and soy sauce. The pork loin was tender with the spices used to marinate the pork giving it a distinct Thai flavour that was slightly sweet. The mixture of pepper, garlic and chilli that the pork was pan-fried in helped to lift the flavour of the pork.
While we thought the Pepper and Garlic Squid was a bit dry, the squid was still cooked to perfection with the crispy coating contrasting nicely with the squid. The squid was tossed with garlic, pepper and chilli that rounded out the flavour of the dish with the bed of lettuce the squid is served on adding a refreshing note. A lemon wedge is provided to squeeze over the squid if you like to add a bit of a sour taste to the dish.
Ambience of the restaurant was inviting though it felt a bit cramped with the tables being quite close to each other. A decent amount of parking space is available near the restaurant but it is advisable to arrive early as they fill up relatively quickly during the peak dinner hour.
Jonathon...another excellent review.Have passed this restaurant many times and have wondered what the food is like.From the outside looks a bit dark inside....I presume there is no eating space in a garden out the back,nor does there appear any room on the footpath for outdoor dining.The food photos look inviting,so perhaps I will give it a try,due to your favourable comments.Noel