The philosophy behind Bo Larn Vintage Thai at Westfield in Bondi Junction is simple: make the experience authentic, as if you were eating out in Thailand. This lovely new business opened at Level 6 in December 2013. Upon my recent visit to the area, I was intrigued. Having lunch here was the right decision. This is a licensed restaurant, although BYO alcohol is available.
To begin with, the service was welcoming. Some beautiful Buddha statues and flowers are rather prominent. There is ample space to sit and enjoy. Needless to say, there were quite a few families enjoying their lunch experience here. High chairs are available for the little ones.
It does not take long to get settled right in, as soon as you sit on an authentic Thai stool. The focus is on capturing the past and bringing that old school Thai food vibe with a modern twist to the table. You're advised to enjoy with rice. On this, I am not a rice person.
Ordering two entree dishes, together with something cool and refreshing on a hot day was a smart decision that even filled the spot. It wasn't long, and I was immediately offered a glass of water without having to ask for some. On this, top ups are gladly offered. Hint: you will need them.
To drink, I went for the Thai lemon iced tea ($6). This was served in an authentic Thai glass, with just the right amount of ice. A real tangy flavour is enjoyed, and on that it is great that there is no overpowering sweetness to this tonic. The serving size was just right. I was almost tempted to order another one, yet I held back.
Ordering the sun dried, marinated wagyu strips ($12) with smoked chilli tamarind dipping sauce was interesting. This dish was a bit salty, and the beef was rather chewy. It looked like beef jerky too. With a spoon and a fork (gave the chopsticks a miss), the larger beef pieces were rather difficult to cut up. Multiple bites at a time had to do. Loved the sauce. This tamarind complimented the beef nicely. Quite a filling dish, and due to the inherent levels of saltiness, it will leave you rather thirsty. Although a great experience was enjoyed in eating this dish, I would not order it again.
The second dish ordered was the curry puffs ($10) stuffed with mixed vegetables and sweet chilli sauce. They were enjoyable. The right amount of spice was thrown into this mix, and it was this lunch that easily filled the spot. The sauce had a lumpy texture, and it wasn't enough. I needed more of the sweet chilli sauce to enjoy these four curry puffs with. This was clearly the stand out dish on this occasion.
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