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Published June 3rd 2012
Given a choice, I will always pick Thai for dinner, so I'm always keen to try a new Thai restaurant. BarLame (Thai for inner power and strength) is a fairly new restaurant in Dural that combines traditional and modern Thai dishes in a beautiful surrounding.
When I walked in I was surprised at how busy it was- every table
was full with people of all ages and all sized groups. Even the private function table was in use for a birthday party.
Low lights glowing red, a small fire place and the rustic brick walls added a lovely ambience for diners- especially on the cold rainy night I went. The wait-staff are prompt and friendly, although some are more professional then others. At the back of the large dining room is bar for all your beverage needs (including a tall and skinny beer keg for your table), although you can BYO wine.
Especially for vegetarians like me, Barlame provides a great range of choices. A must try entree are the vegetarian Shitake Satay- tempura shitake mushrooms on skewers covered in a delicious creamy satay sauce. The dessert menu is limited, but includes a mouth-watering Crème Brulee complete with toffee ice-cream.
Prices are not as cheap as Thai can be, but still reasonable for the quality of the dishes. Vegetarian main meals are about $15 while meat eaters are looking at closer to $20. Entrees range from around $5 to $10.
Overall I enjoyed my dining experience at Barlame and would gladly return, although I might have to save up a little first.