Thai is definitely one of the flavours that makes up Sydney at this point, varying from a multitude of take-away outlets too numerous to count, to some very serious contenders for the 'best restaurants in Sydney' label. The wealth of options leaves us in that awful position of having to make choices, but thankfully we are here to help with some suggestions for the best 5 Thai places in the Inner City
Thai Pothong Originally a small Thai Restaurant just down from Newtown Station, this restaurant has expanded and expanded, and even has a second restaurant on Marrickville Road. Thai Pothong is an inner city institution, and is one of the classier Thai restaurants. It has authentic flavours, but also makes sure there are options for all diners, and is a fantastic place for a polite dinner. They have also ensured they have both vegan and gluten free options.
Sweeping all the way to the other end of King Street, and the other end of the price bracket is Thai La Ong, which once again has outgrown its origins. Along the stretch of road there are six different Thai Restaurants, but Thai La Ong is the favourite among students of Sydney University, and it is easy to see why. The furnishings are simple, but the food is good and plentiful for cost. While Thai Potong might be for special occasions, this is a fantastic everyday restaurant. Thai La Ong 2 is generally regarded as the best of the two restaurants.
We could populate this list entirely with King Street, Newtown restaurants, and the street is famous (infamous?) for the prolific number of Thai restaurants along it. Instead though I want to look at elsewhere in Sydney.
Starting from Surry Hills, Spice I am feels more like a modern Sydney restaurant than the two above. The furnishings of dark wood and brick, creating a wonderful date night. The cuisine is fiery and full-flavoured, with many fresh foods on offer, and the crispy pork being one of the specialties of the restaurant. If you are not near Surry Hills, Spice I am has expanded to Darlinghurst and Balmain since opening, so there are plenty of other options.
Chat Thai If you have noticed a trend that all these restaurants are too successful to have only one store, then you would be right, and Chat Thai keeps it up, boasting five different stores, and another one opening soon. Chat Thai Thaitown is the original, and still commands impressive queues for a table. This is a fantastic venue for a quick meal, particularly if you are going to the capital theatre opposite. The Som Dtum is a specialty to order here, if you want to venture away from your standard Thai order.
Muum Maam Part of Surry Hills' range of good restaurants and cafes, Muum Maam switches between lunchtime tuck-shop style serving and being a more fully-fledged restaurant. The name draws from the Thai slang for 'little glutton', and while it is not the fanciest, it is always provides a delicious meal.
Your Local While we all enjoy getting out and experimenting, there is something fantastic about getting back to your local Thai Restaurant. Living in Randwick, I have an almost Newtown level of options available in my Thai food, and it has taken me some time to settle, but Tum Zaap has been my winner, after some experimentation. The food here is fresh and full-flavoured. It lacks the ability to order online, if that is your cup of tea, but the service is always very friendly. If one of the joys of Thai food is the richness of flavour combined with the convenience, never forget to try your local Thai restaurant and see how they fare.