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Sailor's Thai Restaurant

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by Nicole Arathoon (subscribe)
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Published October 18th 2014
Authentic Thai cuisine in Sydney's historical Rocks
Who knew sailors ate Thai food? Well, this is one place where the two fit perfectly together. Originally, this historic sandstone building was the home for seafarers settling into Sydney Harbour for some shelter. Now, it is home to restaurant goers wanting benchmark Thai cuisine. Situated around a long communal table with a completely open kitchen as your scenery you can feel very at home in the warmth of the sandstone walls and wooden features. Serving guests within these walls for almost 150 years Sailors Thai continues the tradition of providing classic dishes full of traditional ingredients enhanced by authentic Australian produce.

Hand rolled rice paper rolls

The journey begins at Sailors Thai with a crisp glass of wine from their award winning wine selection as you pour over the extensive choices of starters and mains. We chose hand rolled rice paper rolls packed with fresh vegetables, topped with vibrant coriander and served with a sweet dipping sauce.

Fresh mixed bean sprouts, tofu, noodles and beans

Continue with plates of mixed vegetables complete with bean sprouts, vibrant snow peas, lush carrots, spinach and Chinese broccoli. Team them with Gaeng Dang Gai Yod Map Raw ; free range chicken red curry with heart of palm and Thai basil or traditional Massaman Nua with succulent Wagyu beef sitting in a southern style massaman curry with potatoes and onion or Ped Pad Cha showcasing soft duck breast stir fried with Thai eggplants, wild ginger, peppercorns and chilli.

Snow peas and crisp vegetables sprinkled with salty peanuts

Traditional cabbage basket of authentic vegetables with cherry tomatoes, tofu and beans

The desserts are too tempting to resist and always so colourful and delicately presented. My favourite is the Ka Nom Hua lan with its caramelised coconut dumplings smothered in a traditional pandanus pastry and served with decadent cream. Completely moorish and no good for the waits line. For something equally authentic but not as naughty, try the Kao Neaw Ai Tim Ma Muang , a bowl of sweet golden mango accompanied by sticky rice and sweet coconut cream.

One thing is for sure, whatever you try at Sailor's Thai you will not be disappointed by their genuine recipes, fresh ingredients and comfortable ambience.
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Why? Authentic Thai cuisine in a historical setting.
When: Upstairs Canteen: Lunch Mon Fri noon 3pm & Dinner every day 5pm 10pm Downstairs Dining Room: Lunch Fri noon 3pm & Dinner Tue Sat 6pm 10pm
Phone: 02 9251 2466
Where: 106 George Street, The Rocks
Cost: varied and reasonable prices
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