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Published June 20th 2017
Delicious Thai mains, French style dessert with a Thai twist
I recently visited Vanilla Orchid in Warrandyte for the second time. I first went there for a birthday celebration and had been looking forward to returning again. This restaurant has authentic Thai food, and their desserts are French Style with an interesting Thai twist. They list gluten, egg & nut free options on the menu. When asked by a guest in our group, they were also able to cater for other food intolerances including onion and garlic which is important for anyone requiring a low FODMAP diet.

When eating there previously I recalled reading on the menu that they were now using only Australian prawns, which means fresher produce and also supports local industry. I find it also means better flavour. They didn't have this stated in their current menu, but I asked to check, this was still the case because I find Australian seafood is usually of a higher quality, that is worth paying a little extra for.

Remembering how good their desserts were last time, we skipped entrees to ensure we wouldn't be too full for them after the mains.

Prawn Fried Rice and Chicken Pad Thai
Prawn Fried Rice (front) and Chicken Pad Thai

We ordered a few dishes to share Chicken Pad Thai, which is a favourite for my kids, Special Fried Rice with prawns and Ginger Stir Fry Beef.
Ginger Beef
Ginger stir fry beef - a slight change to this to suit dietary requirements, but still delicious

While the kids enjoyed them all, they protested about anyone else having seconds of the Pad Thai, but I was fine with that because the other dishes were equally delicious.

There is a lot that could be said about the service from the wait staff. Not only were they understanding of specific dietary requirements and they knew the amendments that could be made and the importance of this request. They were also very tolerant of my children's indecisiveness, especially with the dessert choices and ice-cream flavours they had to choose from.

It was a tough choice for desserts between Chilli Chocolate Mousse, Sticky Date Pudding with Lemongrass and Pandan Butterscotch, and Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta. I'd enjoyed the sticky date pudding last time, so the panna cotta, because I find it hard to go past a good panna cotta. The coconut custard was ordered because it was dairy free, which is always a hit when someone has food intolerances, but the kids scored the ice-cream which came on the side. The kids went for ice-cream but found it a tough choice between the regular chocolate, vanilla and the exotic flavours like mango, coconut and taro.

We certainly weren't let down with our choices, but the biggest mistake I made was to encourage the kids to taste our desserts because they decided that was better than ice-cream. But of course, they weren't excited by the notion of sharing their ice cream.

Coconut Custard (front) and Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta - amazing flavours

With a great range of options for entrée and main, as well as interesting desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth, I look forward to my return and think I'll have to make it sooner rather than later.
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Why? Delicious food, friendly staff, lovely surroundings
When: Tuesday to Saturday: 5:30 – 10:30 Sunday: 11:30 – 3:00 and 5:30 – 10:30
Phone: 03 9844 5778
Where: 5/188 Yarra St, Warrandyte
Cost: Refer to menu online
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