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01 January 2005 @ 02:15 pm
Thai-riffic  
No really, that's the name of the restaurant... it's ambitious but seems justified.

I came back from overseas a month ago to discover a new Thai restaurant on Blues Point Road (North Sydney), which is good because Thai-tanic is only middling quality. Thai-riffic on the other hand is really one of the best Thai places I've eaten at in Sydney. They don't really turn up the heat but they have a bit more of a presentation-oriented take on Thai food than most of the "spicy soup/spicy mince" Thai places around. The Massuman curry (one of the only curries on the menu) is beautiful: large pieces of slow-cooked beef and half potatoes in curry sauce. I tend to test out Thai places by ordering the larb: if it's fatty or sticky the place goes down in my estimation. Thai-riffic don't actually mince their meat for the larb-like dishes which eliminates that problem. And while they tend to under-chilli a bit, they aren't stingy with lime juice or fish sauce.

Like most restaurants in Sydney, soft sound didn't really guide their choice of decor though: it's all bare concrete or wood floors and bare walls. It's all very stark and attractive, but it's damned loud. Better to go on a night when all the tables aren't full.

This is apparently a small chain: there's others in Newtown, Cronulla, Bondi Junction and Randwick. Anyone been to the others?
 
 
 
ex_serpentin289 on January 1st, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
yes i've been to the one in newtown a few times. in the same way, its a noisy restaraunt, but well designed from an aesthetic point of view, nice colours, interesting decor. great food. but from memory, average service.
puzzlement on January 2nd, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Yeah the service isn't all that great in North Sydney either:the staff always seem a bit confused about which of them is showing you to your table, for example.
pendlebury69 on November 14th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)
The one down at Cronulla is a favourite of mine. My girlfriend had the Massuman curry and my lord, it is definitely worth recommending to folks. I haven't had a better one.

I know it might sound lame, but their Chicken and Cashew nut dish always impresses me - a perfect balance and really appealing visually. Their "BBQ" dishes (ie. BBQ Chicken) is to delicious for those who don't enjoy Thai as much as some folk... and those that do too ;)

I walked past the one at Newtown the other day and wow, it looks quite nice in there. A bit more classy looking than the one at Cronulla - then again I guess the Cronulla one fits the 'beach culture' bill - very open, but still stylish.

Anyway, the morale of the story is Thai-riffic is fantastic... I was surprised to see it mentioned here! I've been looking for a better Thai restaurant ever since.