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Brisbane's best Thai restaurants
What is it about Thai food that makes a food critic out of us all? Our stoic opinions of authenticity magically have the power to nurture allegiances, destroy friendships and bring out the self-righteous inner foodie in the best of us. Read on to discover the best Thai Brisbane has to offer.
In the spirit of playing devil’s advocate, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Thai restaurants in Brisbane to compare notes with you. Best-case scenario, you stumble across a new die-hard favourite. Worst-case scenario, we get pelted with pad Thai. Either way, it’s sure to be entertaining.
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 marinated pork salad, not to mention their warm and welcoming surround, we’re going to be shouting it from the rooftops. Make a booking to introduce yourself to them, stat!
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 BOY | CBD
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 or Khao San Road with butterfly pea infused vodka, dry martini, yuzu sake, lychee and orange bitter.
MONS BAN SABAI | CAMP HILL
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.
THAI WI RAT | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Although you may not be waxing lyrical on Thai Wi Rat’s décor or presentation, this low-key kitchen with plenty of outdoor seating offers a variety of no-frills, street food dishes with undisputed bang for buck. With an accommodating made-to-order menu, feel free to mix and match your sauces, bases, and proteins to cater to your own personal style. Dip into favourites such as their massive beef noodle soup or seafood laksa after a night out on the town, and watch your hangover disappear.
THAI KITCHEN | WILSTON
We’re not sure what secret herbs and spices are loaded into Thai Kitchen’s massaman beef curry, but surely something this addictive can’t be legal. Being able to purchase the sauce that goes in it to take home to our own kitchen is part blessing, part curse – how many times can you eat curry in one week before you turn into one. Lucky we can mix things up with their equally delicious Thai beef salad every once in a while.
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 roast duck salad served atop a mound of fresh veg and tangy dressing.
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 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.
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.
PAWPAW CAFE | WOOLLOONGABBA
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. Plus, although a fully licensed restaurant, Pawpaw allows BYO wine.