A Thai restaurant in beautiful downtown Castlemaine that seats only a handful of patrons inside and outside, but take-away is also available. Tables cannot be booked and telephone orders and home delivery are not an option; it is a small meticulous operation based on first come, first served. The restaurant is directly across the road from the historic Castlemaine Library; look for the lantern above the menu.
The word is spreading far and wide about the food that is served out of this kitchen. In the country, people have travelled from as far as Romsey and Bendigo to experience the aromatic dishes that others have talked about.
There are a number of gluten-free and vegetarian options on the menu. Meals are colourful, well presented, and vary from mild to spicy in taste. The food is very good; it is difficult to choose. You could try something like the gluten-free Gang Phed Ped Yang, which consists of Chinese-style roasted duck breast in red coconut curry with cherry tomatoes, lychees and Thai basil, and team it with a steaming bowl of fragrant jasmine rice.
The ambiance in the restaurant is intimate. It is a cosy space in which to spend time and the background music is always tranquil.
A word about the staff: they are absolutely delightful and offer good old-fashioned courtesy, which seems to extend to patrons during busy times, so that everyone is happy to gently move through the limited space. Staff are only too happy to talk about the food on the menu, and to advise you on the dishes that travel best if you are ordering take-away.