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Published July 1st 2015
Thai food that's far from takeaway
It's just undergone a great big facelift recently and now, St Kilda's St Hotel is offering up a fresh new place to have few drinks, spend time with friends, grab a bite, even book in for a private party in their function spaces.
Following a glam new refurb, The St is now open in St Kilda. Image:The Ideas Library
The downstairs dining area serves up a variety of Thai food options that are a little different from what you might be usued to when it comes to typical Thai fare. Here you won't find the heavy, oily takeaway style Thai dishes.
St Hotel, with Head Chef Sean Judd at the helm serves up Thai dishes that are fresh and flavourful.
We sampled a variety of dishes including the grilled sweetcorn with salted coconut cream, roasted chilli and peanuts as well as the Issan style beef larb, peanuts and pomegranate served on betel leaves.
Staring off with sweetcorn and salted cocnut cream. Image:The Ideas Library
Smaller plates are priced per person, which is great if you're dining in a group and are keen to share a variety of plates.
For mains, you'll find plenty to choose from including a selection of salads, wok fried dishes, curries as well as char-grilled and steamed dishes.
If you're really keen and are dining in a group, there are grazing plates, a banquet menu as well as lamb shoulder to choose from.
We tackled the crispy pork (pork belly pieces) with brussel sprouts, garlic and oyster sauce. And while we obviously didn't get to sample everything on the menu, I'm pretty confident this has to be one of the favourite dishes. Even inf you aren't a brussel sprout fan, this dish can certainly change your mind.
Even if you aren't a brussel sprout fan, this dish has the power to make you one. Image: The Ideas Library
Our second main dish to share was a grilled malawa free range chicken with house-made sweet chilli and green mango salad. If you're a spicy food fan, this one packs a bit of a kick and offers a balance of freshness at the same time.
Fresh and spicy, the chargrilled chicken at St Hotel. Image:The Ideas Library
Weekends offer live music and a pretty packed bar, so if you're keen for a venue that full of lively buzz, you'll certainly get it on the weekends. If you're keen for a quieter meal with plenty of quiet conversation, then dining mid-week might be a better option.
Either way, this is on Thai meal you won't feel guilty over.