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Published May 25th 2012
Thai Riffic is Terrrriffic.
Thai Riffic's enchanting ambience.
An understated elegant ambience strikes you as you enter Cronulla's Thai Riffic Restaurant.
Tiny tea lights flicker like shiny red fire flies dancing through the woods, while the warm glow from a large ruby red chandelier tenderly illuminates the rich dark surrounding timbers as it hovers over a table, creating an enchanting dinner setting.
Wine glasses glisten next to offset white bowls that are waiting to be filled with the exotic flavours and colours of Thailand's celebrated cuisine.
The artistry and presentation of Thai Riffic's dishes captivated our eyes with the delicate food and garnish placement.
Mixed Entrée of Spring rolls, Curry puffs, Satay chicken and Tod man
Beginning with the Mixed Entrée of Spring rolls, Curry puffs, Satay chicken and Tod man pla @ $9.50 was a great little sampler to whet the appetite in preparation for the big guns. The crisp curry puffs were so good, we grabbed a serving to take home.
Massamun Curry - almost too pretty to eat, well almost.
We decided to order their most requested dish. Massamun Curry, a well known and loved dish by many of their patrons.
Curries conjure images of small pieces of meat and vegetables swimming in a pool of coloured liquid to mind. This dish arrived with rather largish pieces of tender beef piled to the left of the bowl with a sensational sweet coconut milk based liquid surrounds moat fashion where peanuts happily float. Cooked and fine slivers of raw vegetables drape the top and drizzles of white coconut milk add a dramatic effect. It tasted as good as it looked. Priced at $17.50.
Pad Thai delicately presented.
I love this dish of Pad Thai. Graze through the food by eating a little bit of this or a little bit of that or you can jumble the ingredients together to your own liking. Priced at $17.50 or $15.50 with tofu. You can also order this dish with duck, fish or seafood.
BBQ Chicken is a temptress.
BBQ Chicken is quite the temptress. Succulent chicken fingers ready to dip into a tangy vinegar dressing or the 'home made' sweet and sour sauce. (Our crazy politically correct society does not allow the words 'home made' associated with retail food due to hygienic reasons. I prefer these words as they imply they are made from scratch to a unique recipe and taste, so I shall use it. It is better than saying some long worded cold phrase to appease the powers that be.)
Satay Noodle mound is delectable.
Stir-fried chicken satay noodle is quite the yummy dish with multiple textures to excite your mouth. Large soft sheets of rice noodles flop through moist chicken pieces, added by the crunch of colourful vegetables and finely ground peanuts. Squeeze the lemon and allow the juice to tang it up. Priced at $17.50 or $15.50 with tofu. You can also order this dish with duck, fish or seafood.
The crisp curry puffs were so good, we ordered another plate to take home.
Could not resist a take home serving of these crunchy Curry puffs for tomorrow's lunch at $7.50 per serve.
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Even if you prefer to sit outdoors, the large sliding windows still allows you to enjoy the colourful indoor flickering tea lights.
Thai Riffic has several restaurants around Sydney and probably serve the same menu and quality, although I doubt if they have the same enchanting ambience.
So next time you are in Cronulla, make a special effort to experience great food and a sight to behold.