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The Best Thai Restaurants in Melbourne for a Flavoursome Feast

Find sweet, salty, spicy and sour heaven at the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne.

Chin Chin
Chin Chin

If there’s one cuisine we’re always down for, it’s Thai. Known for its punchy yet fresh nature, dishes from this tropical country balance sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavours like no other. In Melbourne, we’re spoilt for choice, with both well-loved neighbourhood haunts and bustling modern eateries pumping out beloved classics and regional specialties. Grab a crew and order widely and adventurously when you taste-test the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne. You won’t be disappointed!

Jinda Thai
Jinda Thai

Jinda
Everyone knows that if you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine, Jinda is the place to go. Here, they certainly don’t hold back on the heat, and you’ll find regional specialties like crispy catfish and pickled crab not commonly seen elsewhere. Make sure to book ahead so you don’t have to wait in line for their spicy papaya salads and stir fries, smoky grilled meats and warming soups and curries. 
 
3-7 Ferguson Street, Abbotsford

Dodee Paidang
Dodee Paidang

Dodee Paidang

This buzzing basement eatery is always packed with hungry students, CBD workers and Thai expatriates seeking a taste of home. Dodee’s menu ranges wide and far, from northern-style grilled meats and tangy som tum to all the classic noodles and stir fries you love. Hence, why it is considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne. Their bestseller by far, however, is their signature tom yum noodle soup – a street food favourite in Thailand, it’s a sweet, savoury and spicy flavour explosion, and you can customise the type of noodle, toppings and heat level to your liking.

353 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Longrain
Longrain

Longrain 
When Longrain’s original owners called time earlier this year, despair was heard all over the city – such is the esteem in which this modern Thai institution is held. Luckily for us, prolific chef-restaurateur Scott Pickett swooped in to save the day, taking over Longrain but keeping their most beloved dishes, meaning the betel leaves, eggnet salad, crispy tamarind fish and lamb panang curry live to see another day. Longrain 2.0 will have more surprises in store however, with Pickett to debut a new menu that will incorporate native Australian ingredients in his signature style. So it seems after 15 years in the game, Longrain is still one to watch.
 
44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 


Chin Chin
Chin Chin

Chin Chin 
Famed for their long queues, party vibes and explosively delicious modern cuisine, Chin Chin is a stalwart of Melbourne’s dining scene. And, considered one of Melbourne's best Thai restaurants. After almost 10 years enthusiasm for their food is as strong as ever (their signature jungle curry even appeared on this year’s MasterChef). Come early and come with a crowd – all the better for sharing their vibrant salads, stir fries, curries and noodle dishes. The bar’s house cocktails pack a punch too, laced with Asian flavours and ingredients that’ll take you straight to a tropical holiday.
 
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Soi38
Soi38

Soi 38
No, you’re not imagining things – that really is the sound of sizzling pans and the smell of fish sauce coming from deep inside a CBD carpark. By now Soi 38 is the stuff of legend, a pocket-sized Thai eatery that’s made a destination of the Mcilwraith Place car park. Here they sling some of Melbourne’s best boat noodles by day, and turn into a Chang-fuelled Thai barbecue and hotpot joint by night. Soi 38 is one our city’s best cheap eats too, with noodle bowls starting from just $10.
 
38 Mcilwraith Place, Melbourne

Bangkok Jam
Bangkok Jam

Bangkok Jam
Bangkok Jam is one of our go-to venues for a raucously fun group catchup. The food is top-notch, the atmosphere vibey and the house cocktails are dangerously drinkable (think lemongrass-infused mojitos and ginger zingers). The kitchen pumps out an extensive range of favourites across salads, curries, stir-fries and mains so sharing a spread is the way to go. Fresh, zippy flavours feature in dishes like pomelo prawn salad, tom yum fried rice and tamarind fish fillets,  it’s a crime not to finish off with crispy banana fritters served with coconut ice cream and almond crumble. 
 
107 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Issan Thai Street Food
Issan Thai Street Food

Issan Thai Street Food
Situated in the flavourtown that is Footscray, this lively little diner specialises in Isan food from Thailand’s northeast region. Here you’ll find true-to-the-original dishes that are light yet punchy – think lots of fish sauce, lime and chilli rather than heavy coconut curries. Sweat inducing larb salads, tangy soups and smoky grilled meats with dipping sauces will have you reaching for the water jug but it’s oh so worth it. The staff here are some of the friendliest folk you meet, and don’t forget to check out their Thai dessert specials at the end of your meal.
 
16 Paisley Street, Footscray

Thai Town
Thai Town

Thai Town
The bustle and colour of Thailand’s street food markets have been transplanted to QV via Thai Town, where you’ll find over 100 dishes spanning well-known classics, street food favourites and regional specialties. Hot, spicy, pungent and sour – they don’t shy away from flavour here, with pickled crab salads, boat noodles and crisp whole fried barramundi just the tip of the tasty iceberg. Vintage posters, murals and colourful lights (along with a midnight closing time) make it an instant top contender for boisterous group dinners aided by tropical cocktails and towers of frosty Singha.
 
25 Artemis Lane, Melbourne 

Isan Soul
Isan Soul

Isan Soul 
Walk down this end of Bourke Street and you can’t help but notice the tuk tuk parked outside, but step inside Isan Soul and you’ll notice countless more vintage knick knacks and curios brought back from Thailand. Combined with their delicious street food-style snacks and Isan specialties, you’ll feel like you’re on holiday. Dive into skewers, stirfries and tangy seafood accompanied with steamy, sticky rice as is typical to the region. It's easy to see why it's considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Melbourne.
 
98 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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This perpetually buzzing Thai restaurant-slash-cocktail bar is one of Melbourne’s favourite places to get the party started (before heading upstairs to the rooftop bar). Order widely and freely because everything here is a winner, from the fiery drunken noodles and addictive crispy pork belly curry to the top-notch seafood dishes – just don’t forget to nab a side of roti to dip in everything. Their house cocktails will take you straight to the tropics, with concoctions like passionfruit vanilla sours and a gorgeous fig jam gin number.
 
First Floor, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne


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