Brisbane's Best Thai Restaurants You Need To Try | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best Thai restaurants

Thai Restaurants Brisbane

Because there's so much more than pad Thai...

Whether you’re a strictly mild or hella spicy kind of person, there’s no denying that Thai food is one of life’s greatest pleasures! From curries to noodle dishes and delectable morsels, read on for where to find the best in Bris. 

PAWPAW | WOOLLOONGABBA

A standout of the Brisbane dining scene, Pawpaw is not just famous for its all-day breakfasts, perfectly brewed coffee, and inventive lunches, but also its mouth-watering Thai food offered in the evening (on Wednesday-Sunday). With the menu featuring an endless array of dishes like pork belly bao, Thai laab-spiced popcorn chicken, beef cheek massaman and oh so much more, come with a group of four or more and take the stress of deciding what to get by ordering one of three different banquet options. 

SAME SAME | FORTITUDE VALLEY

By name, by nature… This James St take on the original LONgTIME has everything you loved about the first iteration (so, the beef red curry) in a gorgeous new interior with a cute bar to match! Start your stay with betel leaf, crispy eggplant, snake bean relish, star fruit, mint and coriander, before diving into a grilled chicken panang curry with pickled cucumber, coriander and peanuts. 

SIAM PAGODA | CLAYFIELD

The northsiders have been holding out on us and trying to keep Siam Pagoda a secret—but now that we’ve discovered their scrumptious pad Thai and larb gai salad, not to mention their warm and welcoming surrounds, we’re going to be shouting it from the rooftops. Make a booking to introduce yourself to them, stat!

PAWPAW ASIAN KITCHEN | BALMORAL

Offering a modern Thai menu with South-East Asian influences, this trendy spot is the little sister of Woolloongabba’s Pawpaw. Fusing flavours to perfection, we’re loving their DIY duck pancakes and crispy fish tacos, but you truly can’t go past the roti canai—yellow curry with sweet potato and eggplant, paprika yoghurt and a deliciously flaky roti to soak it all up. 

JAI THAI | TOOWONG

Delicious versions of all your Thai favourites? Tick. Trendy industrial surrounds to sit yourself in? Double tick. Jai Thai is the best of both worlds–traditional Thai dishes and street food paired with a modern setting you could definitely take a date to. Did we mention they’re licensed? If you haven’t checked out this new spot yet, it’s definitely Thai’m.

PHAT ELEPHANT | CBD

City workers don’t have to wait until dinner for Thai – they can just wander down to Post Office Square for all their pineapple fried rice with chicken and cashew nut cravings (ever heard of a better excuse for a long lunch?). With beers on tap, exotic cocktails, plenty of bar snacks available, and a menu full of roasted meats, curries, soups and stir-fries, just Thai to keep us away!

MONS THAI | CAMP HILL

Eastsiders don’t need to make a food commute to try authentic Thai food, thanks to Mons! Having taken home the title of Brisbane’s Best Thai Restaurant for several years, the secret is the fresh, local ingredients, with the Thai basil, chilli, and kaffir lime leaves grown right outside! Alongside perfectly-executed fare, Mons also runs a Thai cooking school, so you can master those complex flavours for yourself. Don’t miss the wild-caught Red Emperor yellow curry with macadamia, kipfler potatoes and baby corn for a flavoursome winter special!

SIAM SQUARE | NEW FARM

Take a stroll down Merthyr Road and your nose is sure to lead you straight into this corner café. With their airy, old-meets-new fit-out, they sure know how to cater to the New Farm crowd. If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter and, we dare say, healthier, you can’t pass up the spicy roast duck salad with lychee, tomato, onion, mint leaves and pineapple, tossed in Thai dressing.

JUMBO THAI | CBD

We love this breezy CBD spot for a fresh take on Thai dining, with menu standouts including 

Thai-style carpaccio of tuna with lemongrass, red shallots and house-made rice crackers, betel leaf parcels with smoked trout, peanuts, salted coconut caramel sauce and salmon roe, and prawn tacos with shredded coconut, cucumber and red shallot pickle. With a few banquet options on offer, Jumbo can be your midweek munch or a stretched-out weekend blow-out, depending on what you’re seeking!

SIAM SAMRARN | WEST END

You’re in for some classic comfort foods, beautiful outdoor seating and unbeatable lunch deals. A popular dish with the regional work crowd is undoubtedly the pad Thai, a looming mound of noodles, bean sprouts, generous portions of meat, crushed peanuts and a massive lemon wedge to spritz on top. It’s so delicious and so filling that you may find yourself attempting to take half of it back to the office. But let’s get real: at $10 a pop and the imminent carb-high, we can’t guarantee you’re NOT going to polish it all off in one go.

So… Which will you Thai next?

 

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Words by Seyran Celik and Samantha Chariton
- the gourmands ready for some seriously Thai-rific food.