Thai food is vibrant, aromatic, spicy and incredibly popular. Thai cuisine has a range of fresh and dried herbs and spices as well as exotic vegetables and fruits. Common ingredients found in classic dishes include Kaffir lime leaves, Galangal, Turmeric, Ginger, Coriander, Bird's eye chilli, Curry powder, Five-spice powder, Thai shrimp paste, Thai curry paste, Oyster sauce, Fish sauce, Thai eggplant, Bitter melon, Bamboo shoot, Soybean, Cassava, Taro, Dragonfruit, Jackfruit, Longan, Papaya and Rambutan.
All these wonderful dishes are available right here in Melbourne in various cafes and restaurants. We have reviewed a handful on Thai establishments on Weekend Notes in the past, and the Melbourne team have recommended Le Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Tarin Thai and Lemon Leaf Thai Restaurant. But now with your help, we are going to name the very best Thai cafes and restaurants in Melbourne.
I will start with possibly one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Melbourne; Chin Chin. Located in the Melbourne CBD, this Thai restaurant (which was recently reviewed by our own Justine Crowley) is casual and moderately priced, with an extensive Thai influenced menu. Try the Green Curry with Eggplant, Snake Beans and Thai Basil or the Massaman Curry of Coconut Braised Beef Brisket. Soups are also available including a Rich Coconut and Galangal Soup with Prawns. Dessert items include a Layered Jelly dish, which includes coconut milk, passion fruit, pineapple and toasted coconut or opt for a Palm Sugar Ice Cream Sundae.
Cookie, also located in the Melbourne CBD, has a great reputation for Thai food also (Nick Tranter also reviewed this establishment for Weekend Notes). The moderately priced menu is diverse; you can sample a range of small dishes including Sugarsnap Peas, Pork, Egg, Prawns and Coconut Salad and Tapioca Dumplings with Pickled Turnip, Pork and Peanuts or opt for the medium dishes, which include the classic Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles with Minced Pork and Green Chillies and Green Curry with Chicken and Corn Dumplings. If you are in the mood to share, choose a large dish of Grilled Pork Neck or Baked Sardines and Eggplant with Acacia Omelette and Shrimp Relish. The Thai influenced dessert menu is equally appetising; Basil and Lime Panna Cotta, Banana Fritters with Honey and Coconut Ice Cream and Tapioca and Sweet Corn Pudding with Mango Ice Cream.
One final contender, before we hand this discussion over to you is the Fresh Chilli Thai Restaurant, which is located in Wyndham Vale. The diverse moderately priced menu here is incredibly popular. Top picks from the menu would have to include the classic Pad Thai or Pad Kee Mao for something different (it features spicy noodles, Thai basil, capsicum and egg with your choice of Chicken, Beef, Pork or Prawn) or tuck into one of the hearty curry dishes, which include Green Curry, Red Curry, Yellow Curry or Massaman Curry, with your choice of Chicken, Beef, Pork or Prawn. There are also a great range of snacks on offer, including Thai style curry puffs, fish cakes and meatballs.
The most authentic Thai food you will eat in Melbourne is in Little Thailand off St John's Road in Springvale. Both Mee Dee and Pa Wan offer real Thai food, not dumbed down at all and lots of Thai people eating there so it's really spicy!. You will also find a Thai supermarket with every ingredient you will need to make a Thai feast at home.
Fantastic low key thai restaurant near swan street richmond, so good for a quick delicious meal before event , football or Rod Laver event.
told by friend to go, wow just lovely staff perfect food and a very well run business , will be back always when in area