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Published February 25th 2013
An authentic Thai restaurant takes your tastebuds to Bangkok
With an abundance of Thai restaurants popping up in the last few years, it really seems that Sydneysiders have caught Thai fever. The main problem with the surplus of choices is finding a restaurant with true authenticity and commitment to true Thai cuisine. That's where Buddha Raksa in Enfield comes to the rescue.
Driving along Liverpool Road, you might miss this purple-painted gem tucked away between newsagencies and fancy dress stores. For what seems like an odd location, stepping through the restaurant doors transports you from the hustle-and-bustle of the street to an cosy location in what seems like Bangkok. The intimate space is decked out with traditional décor, dinning ware and staff in traditional dress which really adds to the ambiance.
The menu boasts a wide range of traditional Thai from curries, to stir fries and an abundance of vegetarian options. Proudly MSG free and with plenty of gluten free options, Buddha Raksa really provides an array of options for all. None of which disappoint.
Pad Thai is one of the most popular Thai dishes within the western world which has led to a stray from traditional Thai flavours and methods. As soon as you see the dish served at Buddha Raksa you know you've found quality. With the perfect balance of spice, sweetness and texture, the abundance of prawn and chicken makes the dish a winner for the price ($18)
Curries are always a certain crowd pleaser and the perfection of spices within Buddha Raksa's variations leave you licking to bowl. Quite literally. The service is so sweet and welcoming with staff members in traditional dress constantly delivering rice saying, "We can't let you leave here being hungry!"
Buddha Raksa is one of the most traditional Thai experiences one could have. The owners are dedicated to delivering the most genuine flavours and traditional recipes. Every year the store closes for a few weeks when the owners Tep and Tidima return home to Thailand to develop their knowledge of Thai cuisine and flavours. It's no wonder with that dedication to culture that you can experience the intensity of the cuisine in every bite.
So if you can't afford the trip to Thailand but truly want a traditional feast, you can't get any better then Buddha Raksa. With meals all under $25 as well, I dare you to restrain yourself. Buddha Raksa has more regulars than any McDonald's, so forget the fake shopping mall curries and enjoy the real thing.