Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published February 2nd 2013
Treat your tastebuds to their new favourite dishes
A rather romantic interpretation of Bangkok's Khao San Road can be found in Kirribilli; with colourful flower boxes, BYO policy and vibrant chandeliers that hit all the right notes.
Due to the volume of Thai restaurants in Sydney, the food has to be spectacular and the décor above par in order to stand out from the crowd. This small establishment of the corner of Broughton and Fitzroy Streets has done a remarkable job; particularly with 2 competitor Thai restaurants less than 1 minute walk away.
We commenced with the Kai Hor Bai Toey; marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves then deep fried. This dish was served with a tamarind and sesame relish. Not only was the chicken beautifully presented but the taste was fantastic as well.
For mains, my partner and I shared two dishes as sharing is caring. We tried the Coconut Milk Chilli Basil Stirfry with chicken; a concoction of flat rice noodles with creamy sweet chilli sauce topped with lightly fried basil leaves. Whilst it was pleasant enough I found it quite heavy and would prefer the old-standby of pad thai for its light freshness.
The reason why I am eager to return to this little red-lit gem in Kirribilli is our second main dish; Yum Ped. This grilled roasted duck with lemongrass, coriander, shallots, red onion, chilli, sliced cucumber and carrot ribbons drizzled with chilli-jam and coconut sauce was a taste explosion in my mouth. The flavours were perfectly balanced and eclipsed all the items we had tasted prior. If you are after a memorable dish this is the one you will obsess over for weeks to come.
The restaurant is quite small in size (you risk bumping elbows with the table next to you) however we did not consider noise to be much of a problem compared to other Thai eateries as the kitchen is located in the basement. Staff are polite and quick to respond to a calling gesture, and the BYO policy is brilliant in keeping your costs down so you can indulge in the fine food without worrying over the price of your liquids. Food in itself is also not pricey with our dinner for two coming in at under $50.
So all in all; for your next Thai night out on the North Shore ensure you deviate away from Willoughby Road and Pacific Highway and head down to Kirribilli for some tasty morsels and romantic lighting all a hop, skip and a jump away from the best views in town.