But of course I also wanted to try the other menu offerings at this North Eastern Thai restaurant, brought to you by the guys of Spice I am. So on a rainy Saturday evening Captain Adventure and I waded through the puddles of Surry Hills for dinner.
I hadn't had a good green papaya salad in ages, so the Som Tum Thai ($8.00) was a no-brainer. Served with dried shrimp, beans, cherry tomatoes, peanuts, garlic, lime and chilli, it really hit the spot. We ordered it 'medium spicy', but their idea of 'medium' is not to Western standards. I'm a bit of a chilli fiend, and even I found that my mouth was rather fiery.
Captain Adventure chooses the Mok Gai Hua Plee ($12.00), a dish that's packed into banana leaves. Inside is steamed curry chicken with banana flower, eschalots, lemongrass, galangal and chilli. I'm not particularly impressed by the dish, but this is generally due to the overpowering lemongrass flavour.
The steamed sticky rice ($5.00) is served in a pretty, little container. I mull over how much effort it would be to steal it and take home with me, but my conscience keeps me in check. The rice is wonderfully sticky - as it should be. I'd recommend foregoing the plain steamed rice (which you'll get for the same price anyway).
I had my eye on the deep fried snapper, the moment I saw the photo on the menu. It reminds me of a deep fried gourami that's very popular in Indonesia. The Thai version is called Pla Tord Kra Teim ($18.00). It's a deep fried marinated whole snapper with garlic and pepper served with Jim-Jaew or tomato and chilli dipping sauce. It's absolutely delicious and I'm a big fan of the tomatoey chilli sauce on the side. That crispy fish, that lovely sauce and that aromatic sticky rice is my idea of a perfect dinner.
And then it's time for dessert. The BTS (Better Than Sex) will set you back $15.00. Which I find is actually quite expensive compared to the other dishes. The dessert is described as toasted brioche served with pandan coconut gelato, topped with Thai caramel sauce and sprinkled with roasted black & white sesame seeds. The toast isn't actually made of brioche - it's a white, fluffy Asian kind of bread, but of course it's delicious regardless. The gelato is the highlight of this dessert. But the gooey, super-sweet caramel sauce is wonderful, too.
The verdict: I don't think it's better than sex. I'm not blown away by it, but I'd order it again.
Just as a side note, House doesn't take reservations and there's also no BYO.