If you don't get to try this Thai, it's really bad luck
One of the things that I absolutely love about living in Sydney's South-west is the range of cuisines available within a five or ten minute drive from my house. I'm always hungry and my first pick for affordable and tasty food is Thai cuisine.
Lucky Thai & Lao Restaurant is tucked away in a small complex of shops on Edensor Road, St Johns Park. If you weren't aware it was there, you could miss this little gem. Situated next to a petrol station, and opposite St Johns Park Bowling Club, it's easily accessible by car and there is plenty of parking.
I've visited Lucky Thai & Lao Restaurant a few times with friends, on dates with my husband, and have also had the privilege of ordering delivery and having them bring the dishes to my door. Their delivery service is prompt and affordable, with a $4 charge on orders under $30, and free delivery with orders over $30.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are welcomed by a pleasant atmosphere. It's not an overly authentic Thai experience but there are the expected sacrifices of fruit on a shelf behind the counter. With brown feature walls, large Thai paintings and the occasional pot plant, Lucky Thai & Lao presents itself as a clean and pleasant eatery. If you're visiting on a particularly cold night during winter, be sure to avoid a seat by the door. They don't shut the door fully, which allows a chilly breeze to sneak in and ruin the mood.
It was a quiet night when we visited, and we were seen to straight away by friendly staff. Our food was cooked quickly, however not served at the same time. My husband and I waited for my Chicken Pad Thai to be delivered, whilst his Massaman Curry cooled before him. He was not too pleased with that.
We've eaten many massaman curries and chicken pad thais in our time, being avid Thai food eaters. The dishes at Lucky Thai & Lao are satisfyingly regular. There are no surprises, they taste as they should and when you order a pad thai, the flavours are what you were expecting. They are decent sized servings, and we both left full and satisfied.
However if you are visiting and you're particularly fond of the dried chili flakes, I recommend you take your own with you. Some people call my chili tolerance "ridiculous" and "insane", but if you're simply someone who enjoys a tingling on your tongue, take your own chili. After using all the chili provided for my pad thai, I asked my husband to ask for more. Once I had used all that, I could feel the texture of the chili in the pad thai, but not the heat, which left me disappointed and dissatisfied.