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Published February 3rd 2014
If you've ever travelled to Thailand, I'm sure you've spent countless hours reminiscing over the colourful sights, gracious locals, and of course... the delicious food. Well, yearn no more. For a taste of authentic Thai cuisine you need drive no further than Bulimba. Thai Legend is a takeaway shop located at 78 Oxford Street, serving up woks full of all your favourite Thai dishes, along with some specialty dishes imprinted with the signature style of the Bangkok-region.
David Quinlan and wife Matzee have been the owner operators of Thai Legend for over three years. David, a very personable fellow, greets you at the counter to take your order. He pretty much runs the show, while wife Matzee works her culinary magic in the kitchen. They have two daughters who also work in the restaurant, so it really is a genuine family business.
The serving sizes are really large compared to most other Thai takeaways that I've discovered in Brisbane, as the supersized takeaway containers are always brimming with steaming hot stir-frys and curries. Importantly though, size doesn't comprise taste. I always finish my meal completely full and satisfied, and the best part is I usually have left overs. Another unique feature of Thai Legend is being able to purchase entrée items such as curry puffs ($1.20), satay chicken sticks ($2) and spicy fish cakes ($1.20) in single serves, so you effectively pay per piece. This is a godsend when you don't feel like stuffing your face with six entrees, because if it's put in front of me, I'll always rise to the challenge.
In an age when most good restaurants and takeaways have an online presence it may seem a little odd that Thai Legend doesn't have a website. However, the reason Thai Legend has such a thriving clientele is through positive word of mouth and repeat customers. David has customers that live as far as Springwood, Deception Bay and Jindalee, who phone their orders through and do the long drive to pick it up.
The shop's facade is a simple stained glass window with a few stairs leading into the shop. It's very basic inside — a small pedestal floor fan, a cold water cooler with disposable cups, and one small table that seats six. It's brightly lit and the smells emanating from the kitchen are divine, however it isn't really geared for the 'eat in' crowd, though there is that one table so I guess you do have the option. I consider it the perfect place to phone ahead with your order, swing by to pick it up, then recline in the comfort of your own home feasting on Thai. (Is it just me or does Thai always tastes better in pyjamas?)
My favourite meal is the Beef stir-fry with cashew nuts ($14) as the sauce is thick and the meat to veggie ratio is plentiful. Another favourite, is the Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup ($5) as it's jam-packed with colourful veggies and the broth has a depth of flavour. There are also options like Pork stir-fry with basil leaves ($13), Red curry duck ($15), Spicy squid salad ($14.50), Ginger tofu ($10), Chicken pad Thai ($12) and Seafood curry ($18), plus many other options. Rice is additional. You can purchase a serving of Coconut rice for $4.
Beef stir-fry with cashew nuts (left), Curry puffs and Spicy fish cakes (middle) and Pork stir-fry with basil leaves (right). These plated meals only show a quarter of the serve of the curries!
I regularly drop in for takeaway. A few times I've waited in my car while my order is prepared, and David has brought the meal out to the car when it's ready. How's that for good old-fashioned service? This isn't a given though, particularly when it's really busy, but it's a lovely surprise when it happens.
Everyone should have a Thai Legend takeaway menu in their kitchen drawer. According to the Macquarie Dictionary, a 'legend' is something or someone that is well-regarded, especially for excellence in a particular field or activity. Enough said really.