January 5, 2010

Narai Thai

597 Grimshaw Street,
Bundoora, VIC 3083
(03) 9467 1204
(Also at: 214 St.Georges Road, Northcote VIC 3070)
Food: Thai
Website: www.naraithai.com.au
Dates visited: 1st June 2009, 29th December 2009

Last week, we dropped by Narai Thai for a very satisfying dinner. One of the first things that caught my attention as we entered the restaurant was the absence of the traditional, rustic Thai serving dishes and bowls found in most other Thai restaurants - they use plain white plates and bowls to serve the food. It just made me feel like I was eating in a normal cafe and that not much consideration was given to create an authentic feel. The great thing here is that the staff are always polite and helpful, which always makes a dining experience that little bit more enjoyable. However, I would still prefer to dine at Sontaya, which is just around the corner on Plenty Road.

Thom Yum Soup - invigorating spicy, hot and sour Thai flavours with prawns

Goong Hom Pla - deep-fried marinated King Prawns in puff pastry with a sweet and sour sauce; Charcoal Grilled Coconut and Satay Chicken/Beef with Peanut Sauce; Thai Beancurd Soup with Vegetables - The broth had clean flavours through it, tasting very light and healthy

Gai Yang - Charcoal-grilled chicken cooked with honey, chilli, garlic, pepper, lemongrass and red wine. The meat was quite dry and really needed some sort of sauce to juicen and flavour it up

Yum Pla Murg - Thai style warm calamari and mint salad; the calamari was surprisingly easy to chew through!

Gang Keon Whan - Green curry paste cooked in coconut milk with vegetables and prawns. The vegies were too chunky and overpowered the delicate flavours of the green curry. I have also never been a fan of enjoying capsicum in Thai curries - especially when it still has that raw taste to it, like in this dish!

 Gang Keon Whan - A second visit to Narai Thai saw a much improved version of the same green curry that we ordered previously. Just the right amount of vegetables and more broth!

 Cant get enough of their creamy coconut rice! Perfect accompaniment to the saucy Green Curry.


Damo said...

meal was nice, alot better than the last time:)..green curry is always a good choice

amanda - stwbry said...

go try the new thai place in richmond. next to ying thai *thumbs up*

Saucy Thyme said...

Will do! What is it called?