Located along Pulteney Street in Adelaide, Thai Chef specialises in serving a good range of Thai cuisine. The chef at this restaurant is known for working with and training many of the Thai chefs in Adelaide for the past twenty years. His expertise is reflected in the dishes that we tried, which were all delicious. We had to make a return visit because there were so many dishes that we wanted to taste.
A bit like a salad, Thai Chef's Yum Grilled Chicken featured grilled chicken tossed with various vegetables in a spicy Thai herbal dressing. The chicken was cooked just right with a delectable char-grilled flavour with its flavour brought out by the tangy Thai dressing. The colourful vegetables added crunch to the dish and also made the dish look vibrant.
Yum Grilled Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Fish dishes are not prevalent on the menus of the restaurants that we have visited so we were pleasantly surprised to see quite a few on Thai Chef's menu. We decided to try both their fried and hot pot barramundi dishes. Their Spicy Barramundi is similar to the dish that we loved at Toptai - deep-fried fillets of barramundi tossed with Thai spices and herbs. The fried basil leaves and capsicum helped to make the dish look very appetizing with the fish fried to golden brown. It also had a delectable spicy flavour from the Thai spices the ingredients were tossed in.
Spicy Barramundi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Basil Chicken is one of my sister's favourite Thai dishes so she could not resist ordering it. The chicken was tender and the sauce used in the dish had the distinctive taste of basil with a bit of heat from the chilli. The firmer vegetables added texture to the dish and were a good contrast with the tender chicken.
Thai Chef Chicken Wings is quite a unique entrée. It comprised deboned chicken wings stuffed with a mixture of chopped vermicelli noodles and carrots before being deep fried. The crisp coating of the chicken wings was a good contrast to the tender meat with the stuffing complementing the chicken well. It was served with sweet chilli sauce that the chicken can be dipped in to enhance its flavour.
Thai Chef Chicken Wings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The steak in their Sizzling Thai Chilli Beef was cooked to the correct doneness and the Thai chilli sauce it was stir-fried in brought out its flavour without making it too spicy. It is advisable to take a bit of care when eating this dish as it comes out piping hot and stays like that for a while.
Sizzling Thai Chilli Beef (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those wanting a barramundi dish with sauce, Thai Chef's Hot Pot Barramundi is a good choice. Although we preferred the Spicy Barramundi, this dish is still tasty with perfectly cooked tender fish. The slightly sweet sauce brought out the flavour of the barramundi with a bit of a salty element from the black beans in the sauce.
Hot Pot Barramundi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As expected from a Thai restaurant, Thai Chef offers a range of stir-fries where you choose an ingredient to be stir-fried in a sauce of your choice. The beef option we chose for our stir fry with Thai Chilli Coconut Sauce was cooked just right though we thought the cut of beef used was a bit tougher compared to the one in the Sizzling Thai Chilli Beef. The creamy Thai Chilli Coconut sauce enhanced the flavour of the beef but it could have used a bit more bok choy for a more balanced dish.
Thai Chilli Coconut Beef Stir-fry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ambience of the restaurant was very inviting with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. This is now one of our favourite Thai restaurants. We enjoyed 25% off our total bill by using our Entertainment Book gold cards.