As you step into the bustling bar that is Choo Choo's the atmosphere is reminiscent to that of a film noir. Tables are set intimately in individual train carriages where you can draw back curtains if you feel shy or leave them open if you wish to catch a glimpse of your fellow travellers. The menu is not full of the usual rubbish packaged food you would normally expect on a commercial train but instead is dominated by modern Thai cuisine. This is guaranteed to be one train ride you will never forget.
The beverage menu is large and varied, boasting a variety of delicious Asian-inspired cocktails. My travelling companion and I opted for a large jug of the daily special, a Thai inspired sangria composed of mouthwatering mangoes, lime and chilli. Very different to any sangria I have every tasted but delicious and fiery.
The food menu is structured in a way that promotes sharing. Best is to order a few appetisers, hot plates and perhaps a main or two. For appetisers we ordered for the sweet potato and cashew dumpling with chilli soy ($11.50) and the roasted duck, snow pea and coconut salad with rice pancakes ($14.50). For something a bit less traditional we opted for the issan steak tartare with salted duck egg and roti bread ($14.50). All three dishes were delicate and attention was paid to the bold and zingy Asian flavours. For the main, we opted for a traditional chicken yellow curry with sweet potato ($14.50), which hit all the right notes for our taste buds.
The bar is located on the second floor of the bustling and eclectic Curtin House, which is home to other formidable culinary institutions such as Cookie. It is a wonder Choo Choo's is not more well known as the food is flawless and menu unique. As the night wears on be prepared for building crowds and a greater emphasis on the bar and band performances than on the restaurant.