A move across town brings with it all kinds of suburban dilemmas. Where will I buy my morning coffee? Where is the nearest chemist? Where am I going to go to get Thai food? Given that most Brisbane neighbourhoods contain more than one restaurant that specialises in this particular cuisine, you try them all once, pick your favourite and stick with it. The convenience and ubiquity of Thai is such that so long as a certain threshold of quality is met, you’re satisfied.
If you happen to leave the area, rarely does loyalty to the local Thai place transcend suburban borders. Of the many Thai restaurants in Brisbane, there are few for which people will travel. My Thai is of this minority.
The highly popular, fully licensed (BYO wine only) establishment has graced Auchenflower for over 20 years. Dining in is a pleasure — the interior is lush, colours are deep, the lighting rich. Though there are some familiar final touches: each plate is topped with a folded paper serviette crown.
Offering more than the usual go-tos of green curry and tom yum goong (though fret not, they do feature), the menu’s diversity encourages diners to embrace variety. Handmade entrees include the hor tong: a golden parcel of crispy wonton pastry filled with water chestnuts, ground chicken and fresh herbs and spices served with a tangy sauce ($9.90). The Tofu My Thai (steamed tofu with chilli paste, tamarind, fried shallots, coriander and peanuts, $21.90) is an enticing flavour combination.
A page of their menu is dedicated to ‘Special Dishes’ and from this list it is hard to resist the festive Big Pineapple, a pineapple ‘boat’ stuffed with a fried rice of pineapple pieces, peas, sliced chicken breast, tiger prawns, egg and sultanas topped with cashew nuts and coriander leaves ($29.90).
If you’re not full by this time, some tapioca pudding or black sticky rice will finish you off.