It was thanks to a small book that we stumbled across this little gem of a restaurant. If you have never heard of the "Entertainment Book" please do yourself a favour and look it up. It offers hundreds of discounts and bargains to various restaurants, takeaways, cafes, sporting events, art shows and attractions in the Greater Melbourne region. It costs around $65 and is valid for the entire year. This book is a perfect companion in these tight times.
Blossom Thai is located on Toorak Road, close to the Chapel Street intersection. I know what you are thinking and no, I have not gone bonkers. It really is there. Blossom Thai is barely noticeable and sits squashed between its two neighbours. The tiny front masks what is actually a large restaurant and one of the best meals that my wife and I have had in Melbourne.
We both finished work this last Friday and armed with our "buy one, get one free" ticket we made our way to the restaurant. We had not made a reservation but thought that we would take a chance anyway. We arrived at about 6pm and the place was deserted. This immediately caused concern as we are one of those couples that view an empty restaurant as a negative sign. Rather than sit in an empty restaurant, I decided that we should head across the road for a sundowner and give the place time to fill up. My wife mentioned that we should probably book, to be safe, but, in my infinite wisdom, I assured her that this was not necessary. This decision almost turned out to be a catastrophic one.
With my wife glaring at me, I sheepishly opened the door to the now crowded restaurant and was greeted by the manager. He could clearly sense my impending doom and in order to keep me off the couch that night managed to organise a table for us in the back.
With balance in the universe restored we got down to the serious business of exploring the menu. I ordered Pad See Yew which was Thai style stir fried flat rice noodles with seasonal vegetables, egg and their special sweet soy sauce. My wife ordered Pad Takai which is stir fried chicken with chopped lemon grass, chilli and seasonal vegetables served on a sizzle plate.
These two dishes were simply delicious and the portions were huge. The manager then came around and offered us dessert. We weren't sure if we were interested as this is usually where most restaurants drop the ball. The manager strongly recommended the Sticky Date Pudding with Ice Cream and confidently stated that if we did not enjoy it then he would not charge us.
Blossom Thai has it all. Great food, a good selection of wine, decent pricing, generous portions and a friendly vibe and atmosphere lead by the manager. Do yourself a favour and dig up this little gem.
i have two recommendations...and trust me im a foodie.
1) Zab Thai Box Hill Box Hill South -- ask for something that everyone orders but it is not on the menu. It's Fried gailan with Crispy Pork with a fried egg (around $10). Devine!
2) a foodcourt shop called Mint in new Centro Box Hill - ask for Pad Kee Mao Beef/Seafood/ Pork (drunken noodles) (around $10), ask to be made by the owner! It's the best $10 you'll ever spend.
By tessa16 - reader Wednesday, 19th of October @ 12:17 am
My three favourites are:
1) Patee Thai - I've only been to the one on Chapel St but it is amazing - you can sit at tables or there is a decorous floor-seating area above. I've been here many times and everything I've had has been absolutely delicious.
2) River Kwai - This one is on Centre Road in Clayton. They do a great coconut rice! Also this and Patee Thai are the only two Thai places I've been able to find in Melbourne that do a non-spicy green curry, so they deserve a lot of cred for that.
3) Derby Thai - This is a great place to get cheap, tasty Thai in Caulfield.
Special mention goes to Siam 1 in Carnegie as well. :)
By somec - reader Wednesday, 19th of October @ 02:01 am
I have two suggestions both in Northcote
Narai Thai in St Georges road is great food and reasonably priced
Sukhothai in High street has great food but a little bit more expensive
If you live locally try them out
By roshi - reader Wednesday, 19th of October @ 06:56 am
Hot Chilli Thai in Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
By enza2 - reader Thursday, 20th of October @ 01:19 am
Wow - Blossom Thai sounds great - definitely will give it a try! Good food and Good Service - great combination!
By Anonymous Thursday, 20th of October @ 06:34 pm
Charntra Thai in Camberwell is great. They are happy to make alterations to the menu to give you exactly what you want and even make things that aren't on the menu at all. The food is fresh and delicious and service is lovely.
By karen109 - reader Sunday, 23rd of October @ 11:22 am
Sth Melbourne - I have 2 favourites.
Firstly... SUGAR CANE 268 Park st near the Town Hall. I have been going there for 6 years the food is GREAT, has a varied and extensive menu put in place by owner and chef 'Wan'. Peter and Wan took over this establishment around 3 years ago, BYO wine and licensed. Staff are friendly....
Number 2 is Sweet Lemon - Smaller establisment and closer to Kings way located at 29 York St, I have been going for a year. Really great tasty great food has a standard Thai menu. You won't be disappointed.
Shane - Sth Melbourne
By stark - reader Monday, 24th of October @ 11:00 am
Out4Thai in Charman Rd Cheltenham. Great service, extensive menu, caters well for vegetarians and excellent food.
By trace113 - reader Thursday, 27th of October @ 04:05 am