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Whether you’re a mild or 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 starter morsels, read on for where to find the best in Bris.
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 phad prik king chicken wings with roasted, mayo, move along to grilled prawns with red curry dressing, snake beans, Thai basil, lime and sweet chilli, and cool things down to finish off with the Elements of green curry dessert; coconut and lime parfait with rice puffs and lime curd.
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 marinated pork 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!
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.
We all have a little Phat Boy inside of us. After influencing the Thai food culture in Brisbane with Phat Elephant and Chai Thai, Phat Boy, located within the Brisbane Quarter, is the next chapter in the story. Enjoy a balance of traditional dishes and new and unusual twists on Thai flavours. Make sure to order a creative cocktail (or two) also, such as the Chiangmai Tai consisting of lemongrass and kaffir lime-infused vodka, lychee, pineapple and ginger beer.
Eastsiders, you don’t need to make a massive Thai food commute to the city thanks to Mons Bon Sabai. This cosy Camp Hill venue can dish up the curry puffs and satay as well as any of the CBD stars. Our next piece of news will have Pawpaw Café and Piggy Back Cafe fans as pleased as a patron with extra coconut rice: Mons Ban Sabai is run by the same group. We recommend the DIY duck pancake.
City workers don’t have to wait until dinner for Thai – they can just wander down to Post Office Square for all their pad Thai and spring roll 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.
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 roast duck salad served atop a mound of fresh veg and tangy dressing.
We love this breezy CBD spot for a fresh take on Thai dining, with menu standouts including butterfly pea dumplings with caramel peanuts and sweet pickled radish, 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 mid-week munch or a stretched-out weekend blow-out, depending on what you’re seeking!
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.
A favourite among locals, Pawpaw Café 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 to Sunday). With the menu featuring an endless array of dishes, inclusive of Thai fish cakes, soft shell crab bao, prawn tom yum soup, Panang duck curry, cashew stir fry, pad Thai 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.
Which will you Thai next?