Being grumpy old farts we often neglect the popular restaurants in favour of the obscure. But tonight we finally discover why everybody has been raving about Chat Thai for the last twenty years.
We've never been to Chat Thai before because, well, it's popular. You see folks, we come from a strange and distant land called the 1980's. In the 1980's everything was either popular, eg Rick Astley, or it was good, eg not Rick Astley. With Chat Thai being so popular we always thought is was a Rick Astley kind of restaurant.
But tonight we discover that Chat Thai is the kind of restaurant that's never going to give you up or let you down. Unlike Rick Astley, Chat Thai rocks.
We arrive around 11pm and squeal in delight when we see the amazing supper menu. We prepare for the famous wait, but we're seated within a couple of minutes. Joy.
Red tea - with and without milk. We're obsessed with Thai ice tea, particularly the milk tea with it's strong, sweet woody flavours. Spank yourself if you've never tried it.
Sticky rice - $3 each. So purdy.
GAENG SOM CHA-OM GOONG $14.90 - 'Sour and spicy curry of tamarind base with a prawn and chicken stock, ground ling fish and prawns, accompanied with an omelette of acacia leaves immersed in the curry'. Hoochiemama.
KAI DTUN - $7 - 'Savoury steamed egg custard, a home recipe laden with ground chicken, slivers of salted duck egg yolk, coriander and spring onions.'
We have an obsession with steamed egg dishes, this one's a winner. Shawn much prefers it over the egg custard he recently had for breakfast in Thailand that made him gag.
SUEP NOHR MAI - $8 - 'A warm salad of young bamboo shoots tossed in toasted sesame seeds, lime
juice, pounded roasted rice, ground dried chilli and onions. This dish has a strong bamboo flavour and is best eaten with sticky rice.'
We're coming back soon just for ice tea and dessert. The fried chinese bread sticks with pandan dipping sauce had my name it on it, not Rick Astley's.
If you are nice Alison might add her story about what happened on our way home in the ladies room in the Irish pub around the corner...
20 Campbell Street, open till 2am! Phone 9211 1808.
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