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Published December 4th 2016
Regain your focus by enjoying a meal at Thai Focus
You know that feeling when you want to get out of the house but you're way too weary to change clothes and slap on some makeup? It's true, isn't it? Sometimes moving away from the couch is just too exhausting to contemplate.
That was me on the weekend, and I might as well admit to also being disinterested in cooking, cleaning, and anything else remotely domestic. Put it down to it having been "one of those weeks" and the Brisbane humidity.
So when The Squeeze suggested a local Thai restaurant for a quick meal, a girl just could not decline.
Thai Focus in Middle Street, Cleveland, is not flash. There are no linen tablecloths, no candles, and definitely no live music. In fact, it reeks of the suburban Asian restaurants that became prevalent in the 1980's. You know what? Sometimes it's that familiar feel that makes a place so comfortable.
And great staff. It is so lovely to be greeted with a smile and genuine warmth. Although we hadn't had Thai for at least six months, we were welcomed like old friends.
For starters, we shared a mixed entree. No surprises there. Always a conversation starter as we argue over the Moneybag.
We also shared our mains which were a Lamb and Ginger Stir Fry and Pork Panang Curry with a serving of Coconut Rice. Two servings of rice actually. The curry was so delicious that we couldn't bare to waste any of the sauce and so we had to order more. Great meals, full of flavour, and every bit as aromatic as required. Our bellies were simply too full to consider dessert.
The Restaurant is BYO which keeps the price down. It is a popular venue for families and for catching up with friends, and it was obvious that they were enjoying repeat business. That's always a sign of good quality and service, right?
The Saturday night trade also included many takeaway orders, which is another positive for this small business operation considering it is situated near several fine dining establishments in the cultural precinct of Cleveland, only a few minutes walk from the Redlands Performing Arts Centre.
Thai Focus is also open for lunch from 11 am to 2 pm and I'm told the $10 special is extremely popular with office workers as well as local club members and visitors enjoying the bay breezes for a day. The Restaurant is open six (6) days a week (closed Sundays), which is particularly handy seeing that it is going to be a long, hot summer according to the experts.