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Published February 18th 2017
Thai the Knot
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pad Thai with lemon, lime and an elaborately carved carrot (by stu_spivack / BY-SA 3.0)
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.
Where do you go for the best Pad Thai in Adelaide? Please let us know with a comment.