It’s been a while since I’ve had good Thai food, but then again, I’ve yet to find a place in Adelaide that does great Thai food. The hunt is still on, so send your suggestions this way!
Word on the street is that Regent Thai serves a good Thai meal so a small get together was arranged. All but one (me, ha!) on the night have recently returned from an Asia trip earlier in the year so their standards for authentic Thai food is at an all time high.
Larb gai: minced chicken with aromatic Thai herbs, fresh chilli and lemon juice (hot); $8.50
Battered salmon pieces with apple salad
One of my favourites dishes at Thai restaurants is their battered fish (usually barramundi) with either the apple or green mango salad! This one was tasty at first bite but the longer it sat there, the crispy batter coating the salmon pieces got soggy from the salad dressing. The apple salad was refreshing and tangy but I would’ve preferred the apple pieces to be chopped up in batons as opposed to being grated as there wasn’t enough ‘crunch’.
The crispy chicken was barely touched throughout the night. The chicken was overcooked and dry lacking flavour. Each piece was heavily dunked into the dressing to give it some kick.
Pad Thai: stir-fried Thai rice noodles with prawn, chicken, bean sprouts and tofu; $15.50
Red duck curry: roasted duck cooked in red curry, coconut milk, chilli, basil and lime leaves; $19.50
Goong choo chee: stir-fried prawns in red curry paste, coconut milk, lime leaves, chilli and basil; $20.50
Pla lard prik: deep fried whole barramundi topped with chilli sauce and basil; $25.50
No complaints with the red duck curry – the usual fan fare. The choo chee prawns were plump and juicy with lots of choo chee sauce – perfect to douse over white rice whilst the fish was a disappointment: overcooked, dry and flaky flesh.
Sadly, dinner missed the mark. Food wasn’t worth raving on about and service was patchy and inattentive. It’s probably safe to say I won’t be back. :/
165 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8239 0927