Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published April 29th 2015
Tempting Thai food
Delight your taste buds with some Lao and Thai culinary delights
Midway between Central Station and Town Hall, located just blocks away from Queen Victoria Building, right across Pitt Street opposite World square peeping at you amongst the myriad of restaurant names is Green Peppercorn. Situated on Level 1 of the Civic Hotel, the Lao Thai restaurant welcomes you warmly with Thai contemporary art on the staircase walls. Up ahead awaits the the well lit expansive dinning hall and bar adorned with Teppanom and Kinnaree statues.
With ample seating arrangement, Green Peppercorn overlooks the intersection of Pitt and Goulburn Streets. The staff is polite and service fast. Dressed in black, smiling waitresses hover over the place taking orders promptly. On the day we visited, the restaurant was already busy with business, yet, we were seated without delay. Our orders were readily taken (unlike it's sister restaurant in Fairfield, here they have a canapé menu for functions apart from the three separate usual ones for lunch & dinner, beverages, and banquet).
Out came our Green Peppercorn Ice Tea(with a hint of passionfruit) and Yuzu lemonade(with a couple of cardamom thrown in) to prepare our stomachs for the heavy delights next on the list. The starters rolled in after about 5 minutes. The mixed entree was a cocktail of one spring roll, a single curry puff, a solitary chicken wing and a lone fish cake. Everything was crisp and delicious. The Betel Leaf or Miang Kum was an interesting mix of ginger, tomato, crunchy rice, dried shrimps, crab meat, cilli and peanuts sprinkled with lime juice.
The main course served within 15 minutes of our finishing the starters consisted of Roast Duck Red Curry(Gang Ped Yang in thai), Steam Rice(Jasmine Rice), Steamed Salmon Belly (Mok Pha), Tom Yum Fried Rice with seafood and Crab Meat Fried Rice(Khao Pad Pou). Each of the items had a distinct flavor to itself laced with the aroma of herbs and goodness of vegetables. Every mouthful hinted at the care with which the dish was prepared. The rice soft, the fish seasoned and steamed well, the duck cooked to the core and the seafood was rich with oriental spices. The serving size and taste pleased our appetites. I would definitely recommend Green Peppercorn to anyone with a palate for fine Thai/Lao food.