There are a number of Pacific Rims that I'm aware of. The most well known is, of course, the edges of the area of the Pacific Ocean. There is, probably, a lewd adult movie of the same name. But something a little tastier is Pacific Rim, the Thai restaurant in Bridport Street, Albert Park.
Melbourne has such an impressive array of cuisine on our plate. Italian or Indian, Moroccan or Mexican, Peruvian or Parisian, Cambodian or Chinese, Turkish or Pakistini, Lebanese or Lithuanian and even African or Afghanistani, to name but a few. But Thai is probably the most prevalent kind of cuisine in Melbourne, and Pacific Rim in Albert Park has got to be one of the most underrated.
Pacific Rim is the first restaurant you see in Albert Park (when coming from the city), and there is probably no better gateway to the rest of the restaurants this area has to offer. The quaint, yellow double storey restaurant looks straight out of Bangkok, cheesy and corny but cute. The door squeaks through overuse as you enter. The door creaks as you walk upon it, a sign that many satisfied patrons have walked out replete in the past. And the pleasant greetings we all know from holidays in the mainland smile at you as you order.
The meals are everything you expect from a Thai restaurant, delicious, well-priced and adventurous. Often, the dishes are not large enough on their own to fill you up. The locals in Thailand are small people, and we forget that they don't require as much Thai tucker as we need. However, this gives you the excuse to indulge in some delicious entrees. Roti bread with peanut sauce, maybe? Or spicy curry puffs, possibly? Any one you pick off the menu will delight.
The range of mains on option is expansive and expected. They are perfectly priced given the area and type of cuisine, from $15.00-$25.00. For delicious inner city dining, I'd say that is pretty hard to beat. The staple items are the best, as you'd expect. The green curry is spicy, creamy and amazing, despite what meat or substitute you apply. Try the red curry if you dare, but have some water brought to your table at the same time. But definitely consider the specials from the board. The chef must be a culinary genius, as he always has something new and daring on display, and usually there are also excellent seafood and vegetarian options to choose.
All of the items are available for take away, and you get a 10% discount for picking it up, as well as a stamp for a free meal in the future. And, of course, no matter how large your meal order, it will be ready ten minutes after you put down the phone.
Really, if Thai is your thing, there in so reason not to try Pacific Rim. It won't be the last time, trust me. Unless you accidentally picked up that movie we spoke about earlier.