Newtown, Sydney, is home to a wide variety of Thai restaurants. People walking up King Street for the first time are at times amazed and overwhelmed by the number of restaurants, but rest assured there is a restaurant for every budget and occasion. There are tiny and unprepossessing eateries that sell cheap food without skimping on fresh and delicious vegetables and the more expensive restaurants will nearly never let you down for subtle flavours and exotic presentation.
Thai Times & Nine is a small, cheap and convenient restaurant near the University of Sydney. It serves pleasant and traditional foods to eager patrons and has perhaps the best Pad Thai in Sydney. Meals full of vegetables, seafood and spices and prices being between $5-7 for entrees and mains for $9-15 make this cheap and healthy fare. It's perfect for a relaxed lunch either inside or outside.
45 King St
Open:Daily 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Further down on South King St is a restaurant called Doytao Thai. It's a close and cosy atmosphere, although it gets loud and difficult to hear a conversation. The food is fresh and delicous and brought punctually by friendly staff. Lunch specials are $8.50 but it's also suitable for a more formal dinner.
543-545 King St
Mon - Sun 11:00am to 11:00pm
Thai Pothong is one of the more well known Thai eating establishments, having won the Best Thai Restaurant in Sydney prize four years in a row. It's a large and comfortable place but always busy so booking ahead is essential.
It has a tasteful and authentic decor and soft lighting that gives an atmosphere of subdued calm, though slightly more formal dress (at least nothing torn or dirty) would be appropriate. The menu is filled with delicious dishes, and with a large vegetarian menu and gluten-free options, it has something for everyone. That being said, you do shell out a bit more, with mains around $17-30, though the vegetarian options are cheaper.
Sumalee Thai at the Bank Hotel has become almost unrecognisable after the recent renovations. The new garden setting has large wooden tables and soft fairy lights and the food is better than ever. The prices are higher than other Thai on King Street, mains being from $20-30 but the meals are large and designed to be shared amongst friends or family and staff are more than happy to give advice about portion sizes. There are many vegetarian options, and as is the case with most restaurants it's cheaper than the meat or seafood options.
324 King St
Fully licensed, no BYO
Also in Newtown is Chedi Thai which is really good and the staff are great. If you are seeing a show at the Seymour Centre you get a discount. And quick service if they know you are in a rush to get somewhere. They also help you out with parking in their private garage if you call ahead. Last time I went there the owner came over and had a chat with me and my friend about what we were up to. Super friendly and really yum food. The prices are pretty good too from memory.
By Ashleigh - senior reviewer Thursday, 25th of November @ 12:09 pm
Thai Tanic Lunch special of Laksa is the best I have ever had. Every Monday, it's my favourite lunch :)
By hayls - reader Sunday, 2nd of January @ 09:58 am