More than a Thai restaurant, it's also a furniture gallery
Chilli Jam is located in the heart of Parramatta along Church street, which is also known as "Eat Street" or the eating precinct. You will be spoiled for choice just like I was.
Chilli Jam Thai, Parramatta
To satisfy my craving for Thai curry, I convinced my partner to try Chilli Jam for an early lunch as we walked passed the restaurant and boy was I glad we tried. It is probably one of the best Thai restaurant in Sydney with reasonably priced authentic food and great dining atmosphere with good service.
Options from lunch menu
Although it was only 11.30am, there were already several customers at the al-fresco dining area. We were ushered to our table inside the restaurant by a friendly waitress and were immediately served with water. The menu has an extensive selection of curries, noodles, rice, salad, and many more. Torn between green and yellow curry, we finally settled for Chicken Green Curry with assorted vegetable and Larb Gai salad.
Interior decor and furniture
The interior decoration of the restaurant has a sophisticated feel with rustic furniture made of timber, steel and brick. Besides the Parramatta branch, Chilli Jam has several other branches in Sydney namely Gladesville, Concord and Burwood. Each branch has different designs and interior decors. I was told that most of the furniture are imported from Thailand. Surprisingly, Chilli Jam is more than a restaurant, if you are interested in their furniture and decor, feel free to contact them and you could have some these furniture in your home through their help and experience in importing goods from Thailand.
While waiting for our food, we chatted away and soon before long the first dish arrived immediately followed by the second dish.
Chicken Green Curry
As soon as the Chicken Green Curry was served, I could already smell the aroma of kaffir lime leaf, basil and some spices. The gravy is rich in flavor with a hint of sweetness and the chicken was tender. It was quite a good dish though I would have preferred it to be more spicy.
Larb Gai is a Thai salad made of spicy and sour minced chicken with roasted rice powder, mint, red onion and shallot. The mint, red onion and raw green beans made the dish very refreshing and appetising. Again, just a personal preference, I like it more spicy and sour. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable dish.
Served with white rice
The serving portion of both dishes were generous and sufficient for us. They were served with a big bowl of white rice just nice for two to share. By the time we were done, we were too full for dessert and decided to skip it. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. Will I come back again? Most likely yes, and I will probably try some other dishes on the menu. It would be interesting to check out the other branches as well!