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Published May 16th 2012
As we head closer into the winter season, comforts food are becoming increasingly tempting, so on a cooler Autumn night, my plus one and I decided to head down to Coogee to have a nice Thai Curry on Coogee Bay Road.
Coogee and its sister suburb Randwick has no shortage of Thai restaurants, but instead of going to the usual places we decide to try something different and give the new kid on the block Samui Thai a whirl.
The modest, small Thai restaurant has several people sitting outside and in, and is very simplistic in its décor, but we are here for a good feed rather than a fancy dinner.
The restaurant is unlicensed and there is a bottle shop conveniently located just across the road for anyone wishing to have wine with their dinner.
The menu has a surprisingly good amount of menu choices with your regular Thai favourites of Spring Rolls, Duck Pancakes, Money Bags, Satay Skewers, and Curry Puffs for entrees, but there are a few surprises as well, which is a nice touch because when you eat Thai as often as many Coogee locals do, you want something you haven't eaten a few times throughout that week already!
Some of the different entrees on offer are the Thai omelet, which is cooked with prawn, topped with spicy chilli sauce, coriander and sliced chilli and is extremely delectable. In fact I could eat a few of these.
Also making the list is the Coconut Prawns, which are deep-fried prawn wrapped with shredded coconut served with citrus chilli dressing. Slightly on the greasy side but still very tasty. Moving onto the mains, we sample the Massaman Neau – a beautifully cooked, sliced beef curry, which is richly spiced but mild and slightly sweet.
The Pad See Eaw is one of my favourites and I delight in slurping up the large, flat stir-fried rice noodles with mixed vegetables, egg and sweet soy sauce.
The Laksa Noodle soup is a great winter warmer, and is served piping hot with thin rice noodles, bean sprouts and tofu and is a good option in this cold weather.
All portions are generous and the food is well priced and tasty.
Upon ordering there was some difficulty by the staff who had a little trouble understanding us, but they listened carefully and arrived with everything we ordered correctly - nothing more or nothing less.
We were quite satisfied after our meals and given their good portion sizes, we asked for a doggy bag and didn't look to see if they even had a dessert menu.
Overall this restaurant is not as busy as the others in the area, but given it is a newcomer, it will most definitely become more popular. It was possible to walk in on a weeknight without a booking, but it may be a lot busier on the weekends.
It is lacking in atmosphere, but at the same time, the simple restaurant feels cosy and homely. If you are after a quiet night in a restaurant where you can talk to each other and hear, as well as enjoy a nice meal without a hefty price tag, then this is a good option.
I wouldn't hesitate to come back here. It's pleasantly casual and relaxed in a convenient location. It is also worth noting that it is a cash only restaurant, but there is ATMS located very close by in every direction on Coogee Bay Road.
The restaurant offers the options of dine in, takeaway and home delivery and is located at 215 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW.