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Published April 22nd 2019
Stand-out Thai in the South
Sydney is being spoilt with Thai food choices and the number of Thai restaurants is growing by numbers! I personally think the standard of Thai food here is very high, such that it is very hard to find a bad Thai restaurant. Having said that, I want to find, not just average good but exceptional Thai restaurant.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were impressed with their huge open kitchen and a fully stocked bar. In keeping with their authentic homely Thai theme, the interior decor was filled with planter boxes with hanging tropical palm leaves, statutes of Golden Buddha and Ganesha. It felt like we just stepped into a Bangkok restaurant.
Mocktails - Lychee Delight $9.50 (Fresh lychee mix with fresh mint. Dash some lime juice) Mocktail - Virgin Mojito $9.50 (Fresh lime mix with fresh mint. Dash some lime juice)
Thai Thae has a well-stocked bar and they have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks. Their mocktail range looked interesting, so we've ordered a Lychee Delight and a Virgin Mojito. Both drinks looked very similar but they were refreshing to cool us down from a warm Autumn day.
The menu is extensive and offers a lot of variety. It is written in Thai with English and Chinese descriptions of the dishes and ranges from entrees such as Curry Puff, Salt and Pepper Calamari, Spring Rolls to main meals of Rice Dishes, Curries, Stir-fried dishes and Thai salads. There is also a Chef's Recommendation section that showcases their best signature dishes.
Duck Larb is one of their signature dishes and it was a refreshing entree to start of. It was similar to San Choy Bow with shredded roast duck salad served on Chinese cabbage instead of lettuce cups. The seasoning definitely has a distinctive Thai flavour and very different to the Canton's version.
Salt & Pepper Calamari $9.90 (Deep fried salt & pepper calamari served with sweet chili sauce)
The second entree was the salt & pepper calamari and I must say it was highly addictive. The deep fried calamari was moist and delectable. It was slightly on the salty side but it made a perfect entree dish to complement our mocktail drinks. We polished these off in an instant.
The usual selection of Thai noodles and stir-fried dishes are available but we have been told to try the chef recommendations. So we decided to try the Red Curry Duck and a Deep Fried Barramundi.
Kaend Phed Ped Yang $17.90 (Roast duck served with a spicy red curry sauce, pineapple, lychee, cherry tomatoes and lime leaves)
The Red Curry Duck dish has a sweet red curry base seasoned with various fruit pieces and served with steamed rice. It was very moreish and we definitely needed the rice to soak up the savoury flavours. The Roast Duck, on the other hand, has lost its place and was not very pronounced. Perhaps they can serve the duck on the side so it can retain its crispy skin. Overall, we have found this curry to be on the sweet side, rather than spicy, but it was really easy on the palate and we enjoyed it very much.
Deep Fried Barramundi $32.90 (Deep fried whole barramundi dressed with sweet chili and tamarind sauce, topped with fried basil leaves)
The next signature dish was indeed a bold serving of a whole Deep Fried Barramundi. The presentation was particularly striking with the whole fish standing, encasing the battered fish fillets. As soon as it arrived at the table, we could smell the aroma of sweet chilli and tamarind sauce. The serving size was overly generous and it was a pleasing dish to have with steamed rice. Not a lot of room for error when it comes to fried dishes like this one!
Overall, our dining experience was quite positive. Thai Thae is a wonderful restaurant with a great selection of food. The prices of the dishes are reasonable too, especially for the quantity and quality of the meal. The service is quite fast and efficient with friendly staff. Thai Thae is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.