"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." Oscar Wilde
In continuation of my foodie tour of Melbourne's eateries, I stumbled across a gem of a restaurant located in a small strip of shops in Wyndham Vale. The huge, green and red illuminated sign of the restaurant beckoned us from the distance prompting us to park in front of the restaurant.
As I tentatively pushed open the thick glass door and ventured inside, a friendly waiter dressed in traditional Thai attire greeted us and showed us to a table. The restaurant had dim lighting with the walls adorned with huge paintings depicting elephants and dancing figures. The tastefully decorated restaurant was pleasing to the eye. I noted that even on a Monday night most tables were packed with patrons. Laughter, giggles and small talk impregnated the air while enchanting aroma of food pervaded the entire restaurant. The waiter left us with thick menus which soon had our juices flowing with the diverse offerings on the menu.
The entrees menu included spring rolls, mixed seafood platter, deep fried mussels, prawn money bags, curry puffs and so on, ranging from $5 to $10. The mains incorporated a wide array of stir fries, soups, whole fish, fried rice and so forth, ranging from $16-$26. The modest dessert menu had some interesting options ranging from $5-$10.
After elaborate discussions with my dining partner, we placed our orders to a smiling waitress. Our entrees appeared promptly. The mixed platter had a tasty selection of satay chicken, curry puffs and spring rolls along with a combo of sweet chilli and satay sauce. The Thai prawn coconut soup with a bit of oomph hit all the right notes. The subtle herb flavours with a hint of coconut made the soup irresistible and we made sure that we had finished very last drop of the soup.
The entrees were yum but it was the mains that swept me off my feet. As the prawn Thai fried rice was placed on our table, the visually pleasing presentation immediately had my attention while the tantalising aroma pulled me towards the dish. I eagerly helped myself to a spoonful of the dish. With the first sampling of the food, I died and woke up in foodie heaven. The generous serve of fried rice infused with the complex combination of basil leaves, veggies and spices loaded with big and succulent prawns was an instant hit. There was a mild kick to the dish but the level of heat was done to the absolute level of perfection. Before long, we had wolfed down the dish and eagerly turned our mind and eyes to the next addition to our table, whole snapper cooked in chilli paste.
The snapper was deep fried and then cooked in a curry which was a tad hot. The curry was suffused with the mouth-watering flavours of bay leaves, basil and a wonderful blend of spices. The fish skin was extremely crispy and melted away giving way to tender flesh which smelt and tasted divine. There was a seamless balance of chilli and other spices making the fish very flavoursome. This perfectly cooked five-star dish was an absolute foodie delight.
After polishing off these delectable dishes our tummies were stuffed to the brim. Our attentive waitress emptied the table and left after ensuring that we didn't want any dessert. We sat a while longer as we loosened our belts and allowed the food to settle in our tummy as we lulled into a happy state of mind. Later, we made our way to the counter where we were in for a lovely surprise. Our meal comprising of 2 entrees and 2 huge mains only cost $55.
I had a brilliant gastronomically satisfying experience while dining at the Fresh Chilli Thai Restaurant. The authentic Thai food, the indulgent ambiance, the attentive service and the affordable price, get a big thumbs-up from me! The only fault I could find with this place is the minor difficulty of navigating around the restaurant when it gets too busy, due to the close-knitted setting of the tables and chairs.
Fresh Chilli Thai restaurant is situated at 210 Ballan Rd, Wyndham Vale. The restaurant is open for dinner on weekdays and weekends.