Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published August 12th 2011
I have really enjoyed living back in St George, and was pleasantly surprised with the high quality of new cafes in the area - see my reviews for Foodies and Kiss the Barista.
So tonight, as my last night in the area, I decided to check out the local take away options.
Only a short 10 minutes away is a huge choice of cuisines to pick from - Nepalese, pizza, fish/seafood, Italian, Indian, as well as McDonalds and KFC.
But it was a sleek new establishment that caught my eye, and appetite - Thai One on Rocky Point Rd, Sans Souci.
Red lanterns hang from the ceiling, the tables are all set immaculately with matching red napkins and a giant bronze buddha looks down at you from one of the walls. It's nothing fancy or too unique to look at, it has a simple yet inviting feel about it.
The space is big enough to fit about 50 people and would be great for private functions. I can even imagine the big screen TV on the back wall playing a montage of photos or videos for a birthday celebration.
But the highlight was not the restaurant itself, but the food.
Thai food has become as common as Italian food these days and there are lots of good Thai restaurants, but this also means that they are pretty hard to distinguish from each other.
Thai One stood out to me.
The first thing on the menu caught my eye immediately - Galangal herbed Chicken in coconut milk, mushroom and shallot. It sounded delicious, but having eaten lots of meat and chicken recently I thought it best to pick something else.
I ordered the second item on the menu instead: the pumpkin prawn curry, made up of 'golden pumpkin curry, fresh chilli and Thai basil in coconut milk'. A side of steamed rice and some spring rolls completed my order.
As soon as I peeled open the lid of the container the fragrant scents of the pumpkin, coconut milk and chilli had my eyes rolling back slightly as I breathed in deeply. This is what food and eating should be about - fresh, beautiful ingredients. For a moment I sat lost in those flavours.
But I could not control myself for too long of course and dumped half the curry, prawns into a bowl and added some steamed rice. I inhaled the first serve and found myself plating up the second half of my meal before realising that I had not even tried the spring rolls. In fact, the curry was SO good I can't remember the spring rolls at all.
I am dying to try some of the other items on the menu now, like the duck curry with tomato, basil and pineapple. Or the green curry with eggplant, bamboo shoot and beans.
The prices are all under $20. My Prawn curry, which came with five delicious and juicy prawns was $16.90, the rice $2 and four small spring rolls $6.90. Not a particularly cheap meal for one, but certainly a satisfying one.
The service was also friendly, but it's definitely the food that will have people returning. I know I will find any reason to come back for more of the Pumpkin curry soon.