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Published September 19th 2012
Craving Thai food that's completely authentic and affordable?
Since coming to Melbourne, I've been on the lookout for a good Thai restaurant. I've had some horrible experiences with Thai food in Melbourne, but was lucky enough to discover Thai Culinary on Elizabeth Street. This inconspicuous restaurant, surrounded by many other small bustling nooks, manages to stand out from the crowd by offering affordable, authentic Thai dishes and rapid service.
If you're looking for a copious, casual and delicious meal, Thai Culinary is the place to go. I've seen couples, families and groups of friends enjoy stacks of dishes, but the restaurant is also conducive to work or study (at off-peak hours), since it offers free wifi and large tables. Thai Culinary is a great experience for any casual occasion, and we haven't even gotten to the food yet!
The portions are more than generous, but that's merely an added bonus as compact takeaway containers are available (for 30 cents). Besides, who doesn't want Thai food for lunch the next day? Those who may frown at the 30 cent charge for takeaway containers will be quickly reassured: meals cost under twelve dollars.
For a first visit, or if you are new to Thai food, try the pad thai, a traditional dish composed of Thai fried rice noodles, tossed vegetables and tofu with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp and seasoned with mandarin sauce. For those of you who do not like spicy dishes but want to try Thai, Thai Culinary's pad thai isn't spicy, but remains very flavourful.
Other dishes include a wide selection of curries and fried noodles. The menu indicates whether or not a dish is spicy, so you can make your selection accordingly.
As I was researching Thai Culinary's info for you, I discovered they have a website complete with food descriptions and even an online order option. From 5:30pm to 9:45 pm every day, you can order your food through their website, and it will be delivered to adjacent suburbs. While I do recommend actually eating your meal at Thai Culinary for the traditional Thai décor and event posters close to the entrance, delivery is a viable alternative.
Next time you crave Thai food, and not of the fake, chain variety, come to Thai Culinary, rated 88% on UrbanSpoon. Bring your friends or go by yourself, but one thing is sure: this will only be your first visit.