Being quite new to Sydney, and to this end of Darling Harbour, it was time to finally eat out at one of the new eateries along Darling Park. On a gorgeous sunny day, and as at the time of writing this: a week away from winter, then why not? Any excuse would do.
I had to attend a writers briefing today, and I went out to lunch with a new friend of mine to kill a lazy couple of hours in between. Even cooler, it was on a Monday. Thai cuisine beckoned from yours truly on this occasion.
The ambience at the Nok Nok Thai Eating House is clearly second to none. Take a peek inside, and a sense of peace, calm and poise comes into your awareness. Take away is also available. It was delightful to sit at the communal table under a couple of trees. The ambience here kind of reminds me of The Ivy's sunroom. Heaven on earth would be a close call. The staff were friendly and delightful, yet equally as impressive was their speedy customer service. Maybe this could be the case with amazing company, yet still the service was lightning quick.
Thankfully the standard of the food was on par with the high quality of service enjoyed. My friend ordered a Thai green curry with rice. For me the rice looked too overwhelming, and maybe a bit overpowering for the dish. She easily devoured the green chicken curry ($16.90). In this type of ambience, the thought of asking for chopsticks did not cross our minds. It felt like we were eating on the streets of Bangkok in peaceful and serene settings. Serene settings in the sense where it feels like you're in tropical paradise.
The lemon, lime and bitters ($4.00) she ordered blended in quite nicely with her dish.
Meanwhile my iced lime tea ($4.50) blended in superbly with my chicken satay sticks ($9.90). So divine. We both were in awe as my drink arrived probably no longer than two minutes after the time we ordered our lunch. Really flavoursome, refreshing and icy with that Spring tropical theme. Our eyes rolled around, and expressions of "wow" came to our faces. Yep, $4.50 well spent on this occasion. Although what I am about to say about this experience might come across as being a bit personal to you. I just wanted to share how grateful I was in that moment for this freelance writing lifestyle I live and enjoy today.
The chicken pieces were tender and extremely filling. Not so generous on the satay sauce, yet I loved the filling chicken pieces with this special dipping sauce. This special dipping sauce also came with chillies and a couple of green vegetables. It took me a bit of time to eat.
Separate bills are not allowed, and they only take Visa and MasterCard if you're paying by credit card. Great quality conversations were enjoyed. If you're after a piece of Sydney Thai food heaven, then the Nok Nok Thai Eating House at Sydney's Darling Park is your next destination. You will find this establishment at Darling Harbour right near the Chinese Garden of Friendship, otherwise known as the Chinese Gardens.