Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
Published October 24th 2016
The new evening menu is here so grab a bite
Asian street food lovers, if you haven't checked out Sunny's Shop at 106b Prospect Road yet, you've been missing out. But don't worry – now's the perfect time to get your fix, because they've just launched a brand new evening menu in addition to their daytime take-away delights.
And you can even get it delivered to your door via UberEats.
This is one of our favourite little restaurant that's well worth getting off the couch for. Trust us, you'd be missing out on half the fun if you just got your order delivered.
Sunny's is a super cool place to hang out rain or shine. First, you've got the bustling interior which is usually packed with other hungry street food lovers smack bang on lunchtime. It's full of quirky touches like artwork, ceramics, tiles imported from Thailand and a gorgeous hand-painted menu board. There are a few spots here where you can quickly perch and scoff your banh mi, cold rolls, noodle bowls or Asian salads, but we love chilling outside at the plastic chairs and metal tables for a dose of fresh air. It reminds us so much of sitting on the street all through our South East Asian travels.
The bustling interior.
The laneway out the side is packed with seating, plus cute fairy lights and greenery for a little extra ambience. It's an awesome spot to grab a bite to eat and watch the sun go down, which you can have even more fun doing now that the evening menu is here.
Find the sign on Prospect Rd, and grab a seat down the laneway.
Now for the awesome new evening menu, they've got small bites for entrée, where you can choose from things like crispy chicken wings, vegetarian spring rolls and chicken satays. We recommend you come with a group of hungry friends so you can order heaps and try a bit of everything. Our all time favourite is the steamed dumplings, because we are massive dumpling-lovers and could probably eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. These little pockets of deliciousness come packed with minced prawn and smothered in red curry sauce, with fresh basil and chilli.
Turns out dumplings with red curry sauce is THE BOMB.
For mains, you can't go wrong with the pad thai. It comes with oodles of tangly rice noodles, tossed with crunchy peanuts and drizzled with lime. To top it all off it comes with the most amazing smoky chargrilled prawns you'll ever eat.
Look at those prawns. Um, yum!
Next on our hit list was the traditional Thai-style papaya salad. We were super impressed with its authentic flavours, balancing out the tongue-tingling mix of lime juice, fish sauce, tomato, peanut and fresh chilli.
If you want a dish that packs a healthy punch, this is it.
Our housemate's favourite was the larb gai, consisting of shredded chicken, fresh mint and coriander, chilli and lime dressing and toasty sticky rice powder for the true authentic touch.
A refreshing summer chicken salad.
But we weren't finished there – the slow braised beef cheek had us drooling before we'd even taken a bite, then delivered on the promise soft, tender beef simmered in star anise and cinnamon flavours. It was melty and rich and delicious. To-die-for.
The sauce on this beef cheek was incredible.
Last but definitely not least was the stir-fried pork belly with green beans. Be warned: It's super addictive. This one has all the flavour goodness of crispy skin pork belly mixed with a tangy, sticky sauce that I'm not ashamed to say had us wanting to lick the plate clean.
We're only slightly addicted to this one. *cough*
After our not-so-little feast we caught up with Sunny's owner, Aaron Ratanatray, to find out a little more. Turns out he's a prospect local who wanted to bring back a little piece of Thailand to his hometown, and we think he's done an amazing job doing just that.
Even the shopfront is the real deal – it's an authentic Balinese shopfront straight out of the seventies. How cool is that?
Give us all the noodles.
We've got our new eats spot for summer, how about you?
Like what I see and read.Prospect is becoming an interesting alternative dining spot...hope they get the tram running along this road in the not too distant future..this should encourage more people to the area and provide a short scenic trip from the city.