Look out! There's a new Thai in town, or should I say The Valley, and it is set to shake up the dining scene down there. If you are tired of dining in dark hovels where you are flat out seeing your plate, let alone the cleanliness and charm of the décor, and you hanker after a taste of genuine Thai food, this is the place for you.
Hubby and I were lucky to win tickets to a preview of the latest Christmas feel-good flick Green Room at the New Farm Cinemas. It was yonks since we had strolled around the Valley, so I did a bit of Googling (as you do) and was attracted by the fact that the venue was in easy reach of a variety of restaurants. With no particular one in mind, we walked a short way up and down either side of Brunswick Street and were attracted to the menu of The Mekhong. Apart from the menu, the neat clean lines of the restaurant also caught our attention. These first impressions paid off.
The Mekong's proprietor is an amiable young man who has only been in business for a few weeks and is determined to offer a service which guarantees a return customer base. He has reeled us in.
I selected Kai Cashew, a chicken stir fry with the freshest of vegetables and a piquant sauce. My husband was tempted by a new addition to the menu, Massaman Curried Beef, a slowly cooked delight in a mix of herbs and spices and seafood sauces. The menu comprises starters, curries, stir fries, salads, noodles and rice. There are several dishes which cater for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Prices range from $2.90 for Jasmine Rice to $22.90 for roasted duck in a red curry.
The business is still awaiting a liquor licence, but there is a bottle shop less than a hundred metres from the front door. It is well worth trying the non-alcoholic drinks menu with a Thai twist including one based on Rosella flowers.