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Published February 15th 2013
Located on High Street on the border of Northcote and Thornbury, Thai Tiki Hut will delight the eyes and satisfy your Thai food fix.
The façade of the restaurant stands out in the street, and the great décor inside in one of the highlights. Booths styled like Tiki huts, all made out of recycled materials and filled with decorations and Asian pop posters, cover one wall creating a unique atmosphere. Authentically Asian tiled floors and a muted television showing Thai pop movies add to the ambiance.
The restaurant only opened in early February and the staff were still finding their feet a little but they were all making an effort and more than happy to accommodate everyone's needs. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the staff were all friendly but not intrusive.
[ADVERT]The drinks were very reasonably priced and BYO wine is also available. As well as the usual Thai fare, Thai Tiki Hut has a great range of vegetarian food, including deep fried mushrooms (delicious!), salads, soups and curries. The food was lightly cooked and fresh and crisp and although the salad was a little strong with the dressing, in general the flavours were excellent, and the curry puffs are among some of the best that I've tasted. All the vegies were fresh, the servings were generous and most dishes came with salad on the side, including some of the entrees.
Take away is also available: the prices are a little cheaper, though you lose some of the benefits of eating in. A must-try for any fans of Thai food, I for one will definitely be going back there again.
The restaurant is at 571 High Street Northcote, near the corner of Darebin Road, and is accessible by public transport via the 86 tram or the South Morang train.