The Best Thai Restaurants in Sydney
Thai food is serious business in Sydney and everyone has a local favourite they swear by, but how does your go-to measure up? We have rounded up some of our favourite go-to’s that are nailing those flavours we all love so much.
This basement space is funky and fresh and is one of three Long Chim restaurants, with its siblings located in Perth and Singapore. This sleek restaurant serves up many of the same dishes you’ll find on the side of the road in Thailand, except here they’re on china plates and you can pick from a wide range of cocktails and alcoholic beverages to accompany your dish. Enjoy the modern décor and excellent service whether you’re popping in for a quick bit or a long indulgent dinner.
Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney
The glass fronted restaurant filled with traditional Thai décor, Thai Pothong, is one of our go-to’s in Newtown. The staff are efficient and friendly; no group is too large to seat and the more you spend the more special ‘Thai Pothong dollars’ you will receive to spend in their eclectic gift shop. The food is consistently delicious covering all the traditional crowd favourites and served generously. Expect great customer service, comfortable seating and constant rice re-fills to keep the banquet going all night.
294 King Street, Newtown
Not for the faint of heart, Spice I Am packs a punch. Attempt the Jungle Curry if you’re game and feel the wall of heat hit you. Their menu is extensive and covers everything from entrees to soups, curries and noodles. For those wanting to sample a range, their set menus will allow you to try out 15 different dishes for a very reasonable price and will leave you in a food flavour coma for the rest of the day.
296 – 300 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Set in a paired back, contemporary space, Alphabet Street delivers delicious Thai food in a modern venue. Open for lunch and dinner, patrons can expect minimal decor and food bursting with flavour, presented impeccably and served promptly. The traditional Thai dishes we all know and love make an appearance on the menu, but so too do Peking Duck Pancakes, Salt-and-Pepper Squid and Betal Leaf wrapped Prawns and Peanuts. Positioned just off the sand, this is the perfect place to watch the sun set.
5/8 Kingsway, Cronulla
Translating to rice and fish, Khao Pla is headed up by Bangkok-born chef, Pla Rojratanaichai. Here, mouthwateringly authentic dishes are served with Notorious B.I.G playing in the background and an illustrative collage of Thailand’s street culture across the walls. This vibrant restaurant sets itself apart with their raw section which features sea scallops, sashimi and soft shell crab. The slow-cooked portions are all fragrant and melt-in-the-mouth goodness, and the desserts add that touch of sweet to the end of the meal.
370 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Focusing on dishes from each of Thailand’s four regions, Chon is offering up a whole country worth of dishes, showcasing the best of the best. If you’re dining with a large group of people it won’t be difficult to find something everyone will love. The northern flavours are less sweet and feature sticky rice over jasmine rice, southern flavours feature more seafood and coconut turmeric based combinations and the north-east flavours have nutty highlights with barbequed meats. Relax in the fresh spaces which features hanging white lanterns and pastel blue hues.
300 Darling Street, Balmain
The Doytao Thai restaurants that you’ll spot around Sydney are not just your average chains, they pump out fresh, zesty Thai food at record speed and with friendly service. Low key and spacious this is the perfect place to bring your family at the end of the week when the fridge is looking bare. If you have fussy eaters, then the staple Pad Thai and Pad See Ew are easy options however if you are looking for more authentic flavours you won’t be disappointed by their Soft-Shell Crab Salad or Steamed Barramundi.
543 King Street, Newtown
A Sydney staple and frequent feature on top 10 lists, Longrain has been feeding hungry Sydneysiders for over 17 years. Large booths and accommodating circular tables make this the perfect place for a raucous catch up with friends or lively family lunch. The food features Thai street favourites like Caramelised Pork Hock and salt and pepper tofu in addition to all the large sweet, sour, salty and spicy dishes we’ve come to expect from the high caliber of Thai food we are exposed to.
85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Opium Den prides itself on serving food that can’t be found in other Thai restaurants in Sydney. Using high quality ingredients, patrons will be treated to Crispy Pork Belly, Pineapple Fried Rice and Jungle Curry. Perfect for a quick work lunch or intimate meal, all the food is easily shared and steaming fresh. Relax in the dimly lit interiors and let the red walls and lantern clad lights transport you to an old-fashioned opium den from days gone by.
89 MacLeay Street, Potts Point
Well-loved by the locals, Wok Station is a favourite Pyrmont haunt with exposed brick interiors and intimate tables. The menu is inspired by traditional recipes from varying regions across Thailand and the dishes come with that signature Thai hospitality. The Chef’s specials feature Cinnamon Duck, Ginger Fish and Crispy Soft Shell Crab among other delicious delights. Enjoy a walk through Pirrama Park then end your night with a glass of wine and a Green Curry.
135 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Created by the same team behind Spice I Am, this Surry Hills joint specialises specifically in northeast Thai street food. Familiar coconut milk based curries and stir fries are replaced by fresh salads, grilled meats and sweet, sour and fermented flavours. With a courtyard filled with strung lanterns and long wooden tables, guests can truly relax under the stars while listening to the traffic rumbling by, for what is a truly authentic Bangkok experience.
202 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
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