Chat Thai is beginning to become a real household name in Sydney. If you are a Sydneysider and you have not heard of Chat Thai until now, then where have you been as of late? Seriously good Thai food. Simple, clean Thai food with the upmarket ambience. There's a Chat Thai in Manly and Randwick that enjoys more of a subway feel. The Chat Thai I was fortunate to enjoy dinner at recently was at the Westfield Sydney location in Pitt Street Mall. This Chat Thai was posh. Sydney is smack bang on the money once more. A simple upmarket ambience. I was also provided with a little dish full of water to soak my hands in if they happen to get a little saucy.
It is easy to spend big here if you aren't careful. The food is so worth it. The service is acceptable. When it comes to the Gai Satay ($3 per stick) it is like the Prada of Chicken Satay sticks. The plates looked smallish, yet thankfully I had an hour to kill before heading off to a function at the nearby Ivy. The chicken was soft and tender, and the sauce was smack bang full of flavour. You would be forgiven for thinking that you are eating at a busy street front restaurant, yet you have to enter inside a shopping centre to experience. And a prosperous looking one too mind you.
The Louk Chin ($3 per stick) was the Thai version of pork dumplings. If you like the texture of those vegetarian, basil and other flavoursome sausages; you will like this dish. It is simple, yet a little off putting. It felt like I was eating rubber at times. The dish fulfilled its purpose and filled me up for some delicious canapés later. For both of these entrees I enjoyed two sticks of each menu item. The Nahm Ma Plao ($4.50) made way for a refreshing coconut drink in complimenting the chicken satay and pork dumpling combinations. The coconut water that you buy at supermarkets is so subtle in comparison. The palm sugar concoction is a-ok once in a while.
The dessert menu looked tempting, and a cool, slushie treat landed on my table just like that. The Lort Chong Kathi began with am amazing sculpture of ice that tasted like coconut - deja vu. The palm sugar brought out the coconut flavour once more. The taro and the black rice was also quite refreshing albeit different. From what began as a slushie-like plate ended with scoops of coconut creamy flavour. The dish looks rather small, and was one of the most amazing desserts I have ever tried. I salute Chat Thai. The ultimate acid test came back as "hell yeah, I will be back for more."