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Published September 1st 2014
Celebrate winter with world class Thai cuisine
If the string of awards are anything to go by, Golden Buddha is clearly one of Brisbane's best Thai restaurants. Open 7 days a week for both sit in and takeaway, means that the restaurant has a steady stream of customers every evening looking for their favourite meal. On weekend mornings, the restaurant masquerades as The Lazy Monk cafe and puts on an incredible and very reasonably priced breakfast. See this article for more information, as well as a free coffee at the Lazy Monk's Cafe.
Personally, I am a huge fan of the breakfast at Lazy Monk's and dinner at the Golden Buddha has long been established as one of my favourite go-to restaurants for dinner. So when I was invited down for dinner by owner, Kesinee Sae Jung, to sample the new Winter menu specials she had personally created for the Golden Buddha, I jumped at the chance.
The Winter menu is available until the end of November, alongside the regular menu
Some of the favourites on the usual menu are the amazing array of mixed entrees, giving you a taste of all of your favourites like curry puffs, fish cakes, spring rolls and satay chicken (due to its generous size, this entree is best shared with friends). Or one of the restaurant's signature dishes, the Island curry, which is a red curry with sweet lychees, beautifully presented in half a pineapple and served with your choice of chicken or duck. Or a simple beef massaman curry accompanied by chunky potatoes, on its own burner to keep it warm.
Speaking of presentation, that is always one of the things you notice first about the food - the attention to detail and unique presentation. Whether it is the addition of fresh flowers, the fresh and extensive use of herbs all picked from the restaurant's private garden or the intricately carved vegetables, looking almost too good to eat. Almost.
Intricately carved vegetables almost look too good to eat
For entree, we sampled both the Wagyu Beef salad and the BBQ Beef with chilli orange sauce. Both were delicious, with the Wagyu Beef accompanied by a good serving of fresh vegetables and a rich, coriander and chilli sauce giving the meat slices a lovely (and slightly messy to eat) kick. It was the chilli and orange sauce with the BBQ beef on the other entree, however, that was truly exceptional. Chilli and orange are not two flavours I had thought to combine previously. I know better now, as the two work perfectly together to create something very special. All I can say is if you like these flavours, this is a 'must-try dish'.
It was with high expectations we embarked upon our main meals. The Combination BBQ is a dish served with both crispy, BBQ pork and duck breast, served with a tamarind sauce. The sauce is quite sweet, giving the impression of a delicious Thai style BBQ pork ribs, but with the bonus of duck too. On the other dish, the Eye Fillet was served with a generous helping of Penang sauce, steamed vegetables and potato cake. It was topped with a perfectly cooked prawn, again turning the meal into something quite exceptional.
There are so many great things about the Golden Buddha - as well as the excellent quality and taste of the food. All of the specials on the Winter Menu (as they are also on the regular menu), are very reasonably priced, with entrees from $12.90 - $15.90. Main meals on the winter menu are all $26.90 except the Grilled Snapper With Green Curry Sauce at $25.90. Dessert specials are priced from $9.90 with most at $12.90. Regrettably, we just couldn't fit in a dessert, as all meals were generously proportioned without being too big.
The layout and ambience of the restaurant is another strong plus factor with seating both inside and alfresco, outside on the footpath. In summer, the restaurant opens all of its huge windows to give that indoor-outdoor feel, we love so much here in Brisbane.
It will come as no surprise after reading this article, or my article on the breakfast at Lazy Monk's cafe, that I am a big fan of Kesinee and of all of her wonderful, culinary creations at the Golden Buddha/Lazy Monk. If you haven't tried either yet - you really should. For the many who have frequented before, either try something new and do breakfast here at the Lazy Monk Cafe or come down for dinner again to celebrate winter in Brisbane with the Golden Buddha.