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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published March 6th 2017
Nestled along Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, Tiger Lily Café is a good place to enjoy some affordable and delicious Thai food. The dishes are prepared mild by default but you have the choice of ordering them hotter if you desire. Service was quite efficient, with our dishes not taking long to arrive after we placed our order for them.

Available as both an entrée and main dish, the Laab Chicken Salad had just the right amount of tangy flavour with a bit of spice, which went well with the refreshing bed of lettuce leaves. The chicken mince also helped to give the dish a bit of a meaty texture.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Laab Chicken Salad, Adelaide
Laab Chicken Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the more interesting sounding dishes, the Tiger Lily's Square Omelette consists of your choice of finely chopped chicken or prawns cooked with vegetables stuffed into an omelette. The filling was very juicy with the tomato giving the dish a slightly sweet flavour. The omelette had a fluffy texture which made eating the dish a very pleasurable experience.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Tiger Lily's Square Omelette, Adelaide
Tiger Lily's Square Omelette (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The deep fried fish in their Sweet Chilli Fish was very well done with the crisp coating setting off the perfectly cooked flesh. The sweet chilli sauce gave the dish a potent spicy punch and it was not too watery, which ensured the crisp coating of the fish was not marred.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Sweet Chilli Fish, Adelaide
Sweet Chilli Fish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


As expected, Tiger Lily Café offers Green Curry which can be prepared with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, lamb, prawns or mixed seafood. The beef we chose for our curry was tender and the vegetables cooked with the curry still had the crunch in them. The curry was also spicy enough to lift the flavour of the beef without overwhelming it.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Green Curry, Adelaide
Green Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For a curry with a bit of a difference, you can choose to order the Tiger Lily Curry. Compared to the Green Curry, this curry was a bit milder with a hint of sourness. The pork we chose for this curry was as well done as the beef in their Green Curry.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Tiger Lily Curry, Adelaide
Tiger Lily Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another dish that can be ordered as an entrée or main is their Pandan Chicken, which consisted of chicken wrapped in a pandan leaf before it was deep fried. The pandan leaf imparted its distinct fragrant flavour to the chicken, which was cooked to perfection. Sweet chilli dipping sauce was served with the chicken should you desire to add a bit of spice to the chicken.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Pandan Chicken, Adelaide
Pandan Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ambience of the place is what you would expect from a small café. The bright red origami lotus napkins sitting on grey placemats added a bit of pizazz to the place. A good amount of parking space can be found on the street where the restaurant is located.

Tiger Lily Cafe, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Tiger Lily Cafe, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Tues – Fri: 11.30am – 2.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm – late
Phone: 8267 1237
Where: 1/116 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $17 per main dish
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