Posted by: afterbaedeker | 20 April, 2015

Thai Lunch: Sydney Edition

Newtown has an abundance of Thai restaurants and most of them dotted along King Street. Consider this part one of an ongoing assessment of Thai lunch options in Sydney’s inner west.

Thaiways Takeaway (Shop 3 @ Newtown Station, King St, Newtown)

Thaiways is an offshoot of Thai Pothong so expectations for the quality of the food should be high, and I found those expectations met. One of the advantages of Thaiways is that it is open during the “dead zone”: the shutdown period between the end of lunch (typically 3pm) and the start of dinner (usually 6pm).

My takeaway larb gai was fresh and tasty, and my only quibble was that it was light on chilli and lime.

Dish: Larb gai
Cost: $5
Food: 4 out of 5 spoons
Service: N/A (takeaway)
Atmosphere: N/A (takeaway)

Newtown Thai (177 King St, Newtown)

Newtown Thai is an institution and the lunchtime crowd sees the venue filled to capacity. This service is quick, the space boisterous, the food delicious.

My pad kee mao gai was a generous plate of wide rice noodles, with subtle flavours of fish and soy sauce, loads of veggies (including Thai basil leaves) but a little light on the chilli.

Dish: Pad kee mao gai
Cost: $7
Food: 4 out of 5 spoons
Service: 4 out of 5 spoons
Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 spoons

Thai Passion (234 King St, Newtown)

Thai Passion is twice the size of Newtown Thai but lacks the diners. For a quick and serviceable lunch, with less hustle and bustle than its competitor across the road, Thai Passion is a winner.

My pad see ew was generously proportioned and adorned with an unexpected layer of bean shoots. Unusual but a delight all the same.

Dish: Pad see ew gai
Cost: $7.50
Food: 3.5 out of 5 spoons
Service: 4 out of 5 spoons
Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 spoons

Kin Nree Thai Bar & Restaurant (186 King St, Newtown)

Kin Nree has an evening vibe about it, and I’d be keen to revisit it at night when it’s claim as a Thai bar can be properly tested. The space feels trendier than the other restaurants reviewed above, but for reasons unknown the lunchtime crowd is as thin here as it is at Thai Passion.

My pad kee mao gai was again lacking in chilli and the soy flavour was a little too strong, but it was the only dish of the four to come with a wedge of lemon and include Thai green peppercorns, which gives the dish some authenticity points in its favour.

Dish: Pad kee mao gai
Cost: $6.90
Food: 3.5 out of 5 spoons
Service: 4 out of 5 spoons
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 spoons

Image representative of pad see ew/pad kee mao.

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