Established in 1989, Chat Thai at the Gateway Building, near Sydney's Circular Quay, is one of the branches around Sydney. The restaurant is very popular, so arriving early or making a reservation is advisable to avoid having to wait for a table.
Their Kai Jiew Bpu (crab meat omelette) was our favourite dish of the day. It was very well done. The omelette had a delightful crisp and fluffy texture that contrasted well with the crab meat filling. A small serving of salad added a bit of freshness to the dish. While delicious enough on its own, those that desire a bit of spice can dip the omelette in the chilli sauce that comes with the dish.
One of the more unique curries that can be ordered, the pieces of grilled beef in their Gaeng Nuea Yaang were cooked just right, with the betel leaves adding a bit of a peppery flavour. The spiciness level is suitable for most people and the dish had a bit of smoky flavour from the grilled beef.
Gaeng Nuea Yaang (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A familiar sight at any Thai restaurant, the Gaeng Keaw Gai (Green Chicken Curry) had pieces of chicken that were cooked to perfection and the apple eggplants still had a bit of bite to them. There was enough kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil to give the dish its distinctive flavour.
Gaeng Keaw Gai (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The portion size of their Khao Padt Dtom Yum (Prawn Fried Rice) was quite generous, sufficient to serve as a filling meal for one. The prawns still had a bit of a sweet flavour and were partnered well by the soft boiled egg. The rice had a delightful fluffy texture and there was enough chilli to give it some heat. A squeeze of the lemon over the dish added a hint of sourness to the dish.
Khao Padt Dtom Yum (Prawn Fried Rice) (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We found the Grapao Gai Sup to be somewhat similar to Larb, a Lao meat salad that is usually served at room temperature. There was enough chicken mince to give the dish its meaty texture. The meat was complemented well by the firmer green beans. The holy basil gave the dish its characteristic flavour and fresh chilli provided a spicy kick.
Grapao Gai Sup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to their main menu, Chat Thai has a lunch menu which offers some of their dishes at a reduced price. If you are looking for yummy Thai food while near Circular Quay, consider giving Chat Thai a try.