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The Best Pad Thai in Adelaide

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Published February 18th 2017
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The perfect Pad Thai with prawns (by sharonang / Public Domain)


Pad Thai, or "fried Thai style", is the benchmark for finding our favourite Thai restaurant. The addictive combination of stir-fried rice noodles, egg, tofu, tamarind, fish sauce, prawns, garlic, chilli, bean sprouts and coriander, topped with chicken, beef or seafood (hungry yet?) is also a global hit, ranking 5th in CNN's list of the world's most delicious food. Luckily, Adelaideans won't go hungry looking for the perfect Pad Thai, starting with these top 5 choices.


Star of Siam - 67 Gouger St, Adelaide - (08) 8231 3527
Often packed, don't let the aroma from other dishes distract you from ordering Pad Thai at Star of Siam. Although Tom Yum soup might be tempting, it's an entrée of Sea Star dumplings with prawn, squid & chicken and the Pad Thai for main course that regulars stick to.

Make a reservation on the weekends when the Star is at its busiest. Portions aren't gut-busting, keeping prices in check, with Pad Thai (rice noodle with prawn, ground peanut, bean curd chives & bean sprouts) for dine-in or takeaway for $17.80.

Star of Siam is open for lunch Mon - Fri 12pm - 2.30pm and dinner Mon - Thurs 5.30pm - 9.30pm and Fri - Sat 5.30pm - 10pm.


Social Street S2 - 174A Hutt St, Adelaide - (08) 8232 1625
Pad Thai isn't the spiciest of Thai dishes but the chefs at Social Street S2 give it a boost of heat, with extra chilli on the side, making it memorable and perhaps also the best in Adelaide.

Service is fast and friendly, whisking large portions to your table. Begin with the Sea Flowers (chicken, squid, prawn with light red curry sauce) for $12.80 before feasting on Pad Thai Chicken for $15.80.

Social Street S2 is open for lunch Mon - Sat 11.30am - 3pm and dinner 7 days a week 5.30pm - 10pm, with online ordering for takeaway and delivery.

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Pad Thai for lunch (by Takeaway / BY-SA 3.0)


Thai by 3 Monkeys - 33 O'Connell Street, Adelaide - (08) 8267 3188
Don't be deterred by the crowd, the staff can cater for walk-ups, often with street-side tables on a warm spring afternoon. The decor is 'rustic' with the focus on friendly service instead.

Value is excellent, especially for families, starting with an entrée of 4 curry puffs for $10 or Thai fish cakes for $8, and Pad Thai with chicken or beef for $16.90 with a seafood option at $19.90.

Thai by 3 Monkeys is open for dinner Tue - Sun from 5.30pm till late.


Gondola Gondola - 1 Peel Street, Adelaide - (08) 8123 3877
You can never tire of authentic Thai but try something new with Gondola Gondola's Asian-fusion dishes.

Save time searching for a serenading gondolier behind the bench seats (there isn't one) and order an entrée of salt and pepper eggplant with ginger, crispy garlic, pickled chilli and herbs for $18 before the Pad Thai arrives.

Gondola Gondola is open for lunch Tue - Fri 12pm - 2.30pm and dinner Mon - Sat 6pm - 10pm, closing late on Fri and Sat.

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Pad Thai with lemon, lime and an elaborately carved carrot (by stu_spivack / BY-SA 3.0)


Tasty Thai - 29 Bank Street, Adelaide - (08) 7226 0451
As Thai is on our shortlist for dinner choices, the need to feed hungry customers can sometimes feel rushed but the atmosphere at the family-run Tasty Thai, tucked in a side street near Rundle Mall, is quite calm and cosy.

The Pad Thai with chicken or beef is $14.90 and the seafood option is $16.90.

Tasty Thai is open for weekday lunch at 11.30am - 3pm and dinner 7 days a week from 5pm - 10.30pm.


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Sunnys Shop on Prospect Road does an amazing Pad Thai as part of their evening menu and their dumplings are incredible! :) https://www.weekendnotes.com/sunnys-shop/
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 966 days ago
Great article!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 973 days ago
Soi 38 in Pultney Street - BESt food!
by Normygirl (score: 1|28) 970 days ago
Insane... you missed Sukhumvit Soi 38 on Pulteney between Hindmarsh Sq and Rundle St. Best Thai EVERYTHING!
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