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Green Papaya Thai Restaurant

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published April 10th 2021
Taking the place of Thanh Viet Restaurant, Green Papaya Thai Restaurant specialises in serving Thai cuisine. The chef of the restaurant is notable for having worked in Star of Siam, an award-winning Thai restaurant at Gouger Street in Adelaide CBD.

The barramundi in the Whole Baby Barramundi dish was deboned, which made for easy eating. The flesh of the barramundi still retained a bit of firmness and was set off wonderfully by the batter coating. Completing the dish was a three-flavour sauce with a degree of spiciness that should be suitable for most tastes. The garnishing for the dish had a tomato cut to look like a rose.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Whole Baby Barramundi, Adelaide
Whole Baby Barramundi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


We liked that the Chicken Larb offered here had a generous amount of chicken mince, which had a good amount of lemongrass flavour. Roasted rice added a slightly chewy texture to the dish and chilli flakes gave it a spicy kick. This was balanced out by the refreshing taste of Vietnamese mint. Hidden under the chicken mince were pieces of cabbage that can be enjoyed with the Larb.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Chicken Larb, Adelaide
Chicken Larb (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Green Papaya had duck as one of the options for their stir-fries, noodle and rice dishes, something that we have not seen at other Thai restaurants that we have visited. The duck in the Street Fried Rice imparted the dish with its distinctive flavour. The rice was light and fluffy and had a bit of charred flavour.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Street Fried Rice, Adelaide
Street Fried Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


To our delight, the Drunken Noodle included enough Thai basil to give the dish its characteristic flavour with a delectable spicy taste. The rice noodles were cooked al dente and there was enough sauce to ensure the dish was not too dry. However, we thought the beef was a bit on the tough side.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Drunken Noodle, Adelaide
Drunken Noodle (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A dish often associated with Thai cuisine - their Papaya Salad featured a generous amount of green papaya shreds. Cherry tomatoes added a bit of sweetness while roasted peanuts provided a bit of crunch. The dish was quite hot because we opted for it to be spicy so those concerned about their tolerance to spice may want to order it milder.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Papaya Salad, Adelaide
Papaya Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another dish typically offered at Thai restaurants - the Green Curry had chicken that was cooked just right and the vegetables still retained a bit of bite. The degree of spiciness of the gravy was quite mild, making it a great choice for those not used to spicy foods.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Green Curry, Adelaide
Green Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


In addition to their main menu, Green Papaya also has a lunch menu which includes a few dishes that are only offered during that time. Parking is not a problem as the carpark behind the restaurant offers convenient off-street parking.

Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Green Papaya Thai Restaurant, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Thurs – Sun: 11.30am - 2.30pm, Dinner: Tues – Sun: 5pm – 9pm
Phone: 08 8260 5046
Where: 379B Churchill Road, Kilburn, SA
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