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Published August 20th 2015
Hour of Power - Spice Up Your Lunch Hour
The Civic Hotel is a busy popular city pub that caters for many tastes. Downstairs you have an underground club, while the ground floor features the newest Two Fold Greek bistro operated by the famous MKR twins, Helena and Vikki Moursellas. But the special hidden Laotian and Thai restaurant, Green Peppercorn, is discreetly tucked away on the first floor.
Yummy Thai/Lao Food - Worth a Visit
Green Peppercorn is one of Fairfield's 'It' Asian restaurants and undoubtedly it has established a long-standing fan base in the Western suburb. Ever since it expanded into the Sydney CBD, the restaurant has been driving nearby office workers' taste buds crazy with all the memorable and flavorsome delicacies from Thailand and Lao.
I had the pleasure of trying out this venue with my work colleagues after I had heard nothing but exceptional reviews about it. The blink-and-you'll-miss-it street entrance may be a nuisance for any first-timer diners, however upon entering the restaurant on the first floor, you will be impressed with the spacious modern, light-filled interior.
Spacious, refurbished and relaxing
The friendly staff immediately led us to a wide table by the windows. It was nice to soak up some afternoon sunshine and we could almost block out the busy mundane city traffic pace on Pitt Street.
While my friends were eagerly browsing the menus, I looked around and was surprised to see the restaurant was packed with happy diners on Friday lunch time. The only one problem to dine with other fellow food lovers is that our eyes are much bigger than our stomachs! After some deliberation, we decided to share a few dishes.
Tiger Beef Salad (Yum Nua) $14.90
We started our meal with a Tiger Beef Salad, artfully served on a cabbage cup. I was really impressed with the food presentation. There was a generous amount of marinated beef strips and they were flavorful served with red onions, shallots, coriander, lime juice, lemon-grass, kaffir lime leaves and fresh bean sprouts.
The salad was an absolute sensory treat! The freshness of Thai herb salad paired wonderfully with the flavorsome juicy beef. The hint of chilli powder provided the perfect touch for someone who likes a strong memorable taste. It was a standout dish for me.
Chilli Basil Fried Rice (Khao Pad Kaphao) with seasonal vegetables $11.90
Next out was the moreish Chilli Basil Fried Rice. This was a nice fragrant Thai fried rice tossed with basil, chilli, egg and oriental vegetables. The mixed flavours worked really well together, it tasted fantastic on its own and also perfect with other stir-fry dishes. The serving size may not have looked much, but it was a filling dish.
Beef Masaman (Gang Masaman) $17.90
Continuing into our Thai lunch journey was the crowd-favorite, the Beef Masaman Curry. The braised chunky tender beef tasted fantastic in a thick mild curry with sweet potatoes and peanuts. It was lightly spiced with star anise, cashew nuts and cinnamon. I was glad to see there was enough curry sauce to share around without starting a public brawl.
Then the all-time favourite, Chicken Cashew Nut Stir-fry, made its way to our table. We absolutely loved this stir-fry dish with ample fresh oriental vegetables in a chilli jam cashew nut sauce. It was hearty and the perfect comfort food for winter. I loved it with the special Thai fried rice. I noticed there was a pause to our conversation while we devoured our food.
The service at Green Peppercorn was efficient and we were well looked after. The price was reasonable for the delicious quality meal. We've already made a plan to come back on another occasion and that is saying a lot about this place.