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The Isthmus of Kra Thai Restaurant

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by Linda Dalziel (subscribe)
"The good things in life are family, friends,good food & wine,books you can't put down & as much travel as you can cram in."
Published November 27th 2011
Update August 30th 2016
Please note this venue is no longer trading and permanently closed.

I just love saying the name, plus eating their food. In one word, bliss. The best Thai food I have eaten in a long while, in the most beautiful surroundings. Low key, quiet thanks to the carpeted floors, staff who are attentive but don't hover, and a menu that is different good, not different weird.

Located in a street that is mainly residential apartments, it isn't in a typical location for a restaurant of this calibre. My husband and I literally stumbled across it on an extremely rainy early evening. We were on our way to The Malthouse Theatre and looking for a bite to eat near by.

The cuisine was explained to us as Thai with a Kra influence. Our entree which we shared, were exquisite little pale blue (yes blue!) dumplings coloured with butterfly pea flowers and filled with caramelised minced beef. They really did look to good to eat but we managed anyway.

Next we ordered Lamb gulai, diced lamb stewed in fresh tumeric spiced coconut curry stock with mints and Chicken perchik, corn-fed chicken seasoned with herbs, spices, lime and honey. Served with ginger cucumber pickles and a tumeric peanut satay sauce. Served with steamed rice the generous sized main courses left us feeling pleasantly full.

We had a couple of glasses of a very nice Margaret River Cab Merlot too.

Not the cheapest Thai meal I've had - around $27.50 for a main, but certainly the nicest. You can book online too.

One tiny criticism, no EFTPOS, only cash or credit.

Phone 9690 3688
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Why? Thai food with a difference
When: Fully licensed and open Monday to Friday for lunch, and daily for dinner.
Where: 50 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205 50 Park St South Melbourne VIC 3205
Cost: Moderate
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