A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published October 7th 2015
Here's to a nice Thai-me
The recently new and improved rooftop of Westfield Shopping Centre in Miranda is teeming with trendy restaurants and bars. Chong Co, as my friend and I discovered the other week, brings an authentic and aromatic piece of Thailand to this culturally diverse collection.
Being a nippy, overcast spring day we were especially lured in by the tropical design of the space Chong Co occupies. With palm plants, bright floral arrangements, and an integrated indoor and outdoor dining space that allows in plenty of light, the restaurant provided just the escape we needed on a day like this.
Not going to lie, another factor that made us choose Chong Co over its alfresco neighbours was its 7-day lunch special. Combining one of my Thai favourites with a refreshing soft drink for a budget-friendly $15.90 sounded pretty good. Going the extra dollar ($16.90) and having a cool glass of wine with this also sounds nice for future visits.
My pick was the Massaman Curry, which comes with your choice of Roti bread or rice. Aside my bed of steaming rice, was the coconut-infused curry in an artisan Asian bowl. The pretty presentation was a bit heart-breaking to eat into, especially the pattern formed between the creamy coconut milk and spiced broth. It looked like a painting.
The beef was tender and sweet, and the vegetables were fresh. A strong authentic fragrance throughout the curry made the dish very easy to graze on over the course of our leisurely lunch. I want to know what the sweet, crispy condiment atop the curry was. Along with the fresh coriander, it complimented the meal very nicely.
My friend went with Pad Thai with tofu and noodles (around $15) off the regular menu, which has an extensive list of enticing dishes. Reported: a dish that's rich in flavour, with tofu that's nice and crispy. Along with this she ordered a fresh coconut drink that was sweet, quenching, and decorated with a single purple orchard flower that, to me, reads Thailand and tropical.
Not only is this 'Asian Street Food' restaurant delicious, it is a pleasant spot to indulge yourself in. A giant piece of wall art sets the creative scene. We admired the greenery, flowers, and other decorative interior pieces throughout our lunch. I look forward to the next Thailand escape, right here in Miranda, all without the worrisome flight expenses.