I recently relocated from my Heidelberg home to greener pastures. This is a welcome change for my lifestyle, however, I am writhing over the very upsetting fact that I have had to leave my favourite restaurant behind. So in an attempt to deal with my grief, I will regale you with the tale of my beloved Thai food eatery, the Tarin Thai.
This quaint venue is situated on 71 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, and is definitely a favourite amongst the locals. The owners are truly lovely, greeting you with a warm smile on every visit. I've become such a frequent patron of the place that they remember myself and my family members on our arrival, which really makes me feel welcome.
The saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is definitely true of this venue. Its exterior is slightly shabby and run down, but it's what's on that transforms the Tarin Thai from shabby to chic. With lavish gold cutlery and rich red tablecloths to match, the decor has an authentic feel. The restaurant tries to bring its own little oasis of Thailand to the main street of Heidelberg.
The food is where this place really excels. I've made it my personal mission to eat my way through the whole menu, just to confirm to myself that each dish is as scrumptious as the next. However, that's not to say that I don't have my favourites. The pad-thai and masaman curry are people pleaser's, each containing their own sweet spices and sauces and served in rustic clay bowls. But the show stopper for the Tarin Thai is their deep fried, honey glazed prawns. These morsels are crispy bundles of joy which never seem to last long enough.
The average price for mains is around $15-25, which is very reasonable for what you are getting. The wine list is fairly limited, however the venue is B.Y.O, so you can enjoy the tipple of your choice whilst tucking into some flaky roti bread. I would recommend making a booking if you wish to dine in, as the venue is quite small and fills up quickly. But never fear if you miss out on a table, as the Tarin Thai offers all their tempting dishes for takeaway.
So even though I've moved away, my love for the Tarin Thai lives on in the form of a very full stomach.