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Thanon Khao San Thai Restaurant

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by LilsxD (subscribe)
just another girl touring around looking for delicious food!
Published March 27th 2012
So, not too long ago, my sister invited me along to try out a Thai restaurant in Bondi, Thanon Khaosan. She had a voucher and since it was free food, of course I went along.

The food was reasonably priced, and they had very comfy couches. The place was decorated nicely but the service isn't as fast as you may want it to be. It takes a while for the waitresses to notice you but that isn't too much of a problem. Also, the dishes came in unusually large plates making it hard to fit them on the tables but they were was rather interesting, so it was fine.

At that time, we were undecided about what to get for our mains so we got our appetisers first and the four of us got the same thing. The mixed entree.

This is actually 2 of the mixed entrees on one plate so do not be deceived. I was for a second. It consisted of curry puffs, satay skewers, chicken pieces, veggie spring rolls and fish cakes. Although I'm not fond of curry puffs, this curry puff was quite good. The outside was soft and crispy and it had a nice blend of curry and carrots inside. Quite mouthwatering I must say. In addition, it wasn't too spicy.

As for the satay skewers, I have to say I was disappointed. I've eaten many at different places before so the meat being quite hard was a put off. But the satay sauce was good, spicy enough for you to want more but not too spicy that you have to drink a lot of water. The fish cakes and the chicken pieces tasted normal with nothing specially added. But the most surprising one was the veggie spring rolls. I wasn't expecting much from these but they were crunchy and delicious. I really wanted another one.

For my drink, I decided to have a Pineapple Shake and it was really sweet and good. However, if you do order this, you must be aware that you have to drink it within a time limit. For, if you leave it for too long, it'll turn into two layers and when you drink it, it'll be totally disgusting, it's like drinking foam and water.

The Lime Leaves Peppercorn Seafood was accompanied with sweet and sour sauce. However, it didn't taste much like sweet and sour at all so if you really like that strong flavour, you won't get it here. The main thing to note is that there are two prawns and three oysters so we had to share. As for their tastes, the prawns were cooked well and they were good, but the oysters didn't retain their original 'sea' taste so I was a bit disappointed about that. This sauce made it seem like it had some taste but not much making it not taste like the sea and not taste like there was sauce. Basically, I didn't like the combination. The veggies on this dish were good though. However, when I tried out the calamari, surprisingly there was a bit of a chilli taste. I would say that this dish is worth a try.

This Kho Moo Yang aka Marinated BBQ Pork was a dish I took quite a fancy in. It looked a bit red on the inside but it was cooked. It also had a strong peppery taste that may not be to everyone's liking but when dipped with the sauce, it balanced out with a unique taste. Personally, I preferred it with just pepper though.

Next on the list was my favourite dish of the night, the Ka Na Moo Krob aka Pork Belly with Chinese Broccoli. It was lovely. The sauce had the right amount of sauce to not overtake the pork belly's taste in itself so that was definitely a plus. However, the skin was rather hard to chew instead of it having supposed to be crunchy. And as usual, the vegetables with the sauce were wonderful.

As for the Pad Nam Bouy, aka Duck with plum sauce, I really disliked it. The plum sauce was too sweet for my liking and when it was eaten together with mushrooms, it just tasted horrible. The taste of mushrooms and plum sauce just didn't go together.

Just when I was all excited about dessert, they only had vanilla ice cream. I'm not sure if this only applied to people with vouchers or they just had ice cream but I was utterly shocked. In addition, the ice cream tasted exactly like home brand.

Overall, I would recommend it as a place for you to try, just don't have your hopes too high.
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Why? Nice pork belly
When: Mon to Sun - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Bondi Beach
Cost: $15-25
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