I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Welcome Thai is positioned on the well known and exclusive shopping strip of Toorak Village. Its warm rich colour palette and lush wooden furniture make this restaurant both attractive and comfortable. The walls and pillows are adorned with unique Thai artworks and the tables decorated with figurines and Thai flowers.
The menu is expansive with the signature dish being Pla Lard Khing, which is steamed rockling fillet in a luscious light ginger sauce. Appetisers include classics such as spring rolls, curry puffs and the like with a large focus on prawn dishes. Of particular note is the Goong Ma Prow, which involves tiger prawns prepared with a light seasoned battered delicately coated in fine coconut. The selection of soups again sees characteristic items such as a delicate spicy and sour Tom Yum and Tom Khaa with creamy coconut milk. The salads and grills include my favourite Vegetable salad, which involves either steamed or fresh vegetables served with a delightful and delicate home made satay sauce. Also of note is the Larb gai or minced chicken, Thai beef salad, BBQ Thai chicken, steak and calamari.
The main courses provide a huge choice of fantastic curries, stir fries and rice and noodle dishes and its wonderful to order a variety in order to taste an array of these dishes. The Gang dang or red curry with duck is a wonderfully mellow spice and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables. The broth is the perfect consistency coating the vegetables and meats delicately while providing enough of the sauce to pour over your choice of fried, steamed jasmine or coconut rice. The Pad Thai is gorgeous and a true inspiration of this dish with egg, peanuts and bean sprouts mixed through delicious rice noodles. Tofu in Thai chili sauce is also a delicious choice.
The restaurant is also sensitive to allergies and allows guests to choose vegetables to their liking if need be.