Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chat Thai

Went to watch Wicked the other day. It was a weekday, so had to drive to city after work and find somewhere to park and to have dinner before the show. Didn't really have much time to do all that before the show started, so decided to eat somewhere near to Capitol Theatre. Chat Thai was the perfect choice. It was right opposite the entrance to Capitol Theatre. So as soon as we finished our meal, we crossed the road and we were at the theatre already. The show was AWESOME!! Highly highly recommended for anyone who hasn't been. I think still have a few sessions left before the end of the month. Anyway, now, the meal that we had at Chat Thai... 
Started with entree to share between me and a friend, Loug Chin Ping - $2.50 (each) - Grilled skewered beef (or pork) meat balls, accompanied with nahm jim - a sweet chilli and sour plum sauce. Mu Bhing - $2.50 (each) Skewered and char grilled lean pork marinated in galangal, lemongrass and garlic. Accompanied with nahm jim jaew.

Then a salad dish - Nahm Dtok - $12 - Char grilled pork and beef rump sliced then tossed lightly in lime juice, red onions, pounded roasted rice and roasted chilli flakes. Finished with shredded mint, shallots and coriander. Coriander - yucks :p Luckily they didn't put too much and could easily picked them out. Tender meat was nicely grilled and very aromatic, together with the lime juice dressing made it a very appetising dish. 

I have a 'thing' for green curry. Everytime I go to a Thai restaurant it would be "should I get green curry or something differnet? green curry? o.k green curry" and then I would fill myself up with green curry and wasted a chance to try something else. Maybe I should give myself a quest to look for the best green curry :) Anyway, here's the Gaeng Keaw Gai (green curry chicken) - $14 - Chicken curry made with a spicy green paste of galangal, kaffir lime, lemongrass, garlic and long green chillies. The chicken and aromatic paste is cooked in coconut milk with apple eggplants and bamboo shoots then finished off with finely sliced kaffir lime leaves and thai basil. 

We were very full, but I was greedy. Friends recommended the Sticky Rice Durian - $7.50 - Sticky rice steamed with sweet coconut cream and palm sugar accompanied with a durian custard and pieces of fresh durian. So even though both of us were very full, we still ordered 1 to share :) Lucky we did. I really liked it! Even though we were so full, but we still managed to polish the plate clean. 

No wonder everytime we walked past this place, there was always long queue outside the door. Price was reasonable, food was very very tasty and my Thai friend said he goes there a few times a week!! So they must be serving really authentic Thai food :) 

20 Campbell St
Haymarket NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9211 1808

It was quite dim in the restaurant when we went for dinner. Pictures actually came out quite grainy when I had to use high ISO. Also there wasn't too much space to move around. Tables were packed very close to each other. 

Lastly, I would like to bring to your attention, my newly created favicon and watermark!! :D For some reason the favicon only works in Chrome but not in IE. Not sure why. If you can't tell what it is, it's a Japanese rice ball - onigiri. As for the watermark, it's a chinese character which means "eat" with BLM written inside. It was pointed out to me that it looks like a rabbit and snake running towards the onigiri though :p Many thanks to MC for making the files, to my creative husband for the design and myself for the idea kekeke.. :p 


  1. ooh nice watermark! and i <3 wicked! ♫ it's time to try defying gravityyyyy ♫

  2. thanks chocolatesuze! glad that you like my watermark heehe.. :) defying gravity is my favourite song in the show!! love the Glee version of that song too..

  3. The green curry does look good, chat thai has a good rep.

    I know what you mean about lighting... went to dinner at Gorkha Palace last night.. more than half the pics didn't work!

  4. yeah.. Chat Thai is a good place to go.. the only problem for me is the queue.. haha..
    a lot of places I've been got the same lighting problem.. hardly anywhere have really good lighting unless I go at lunch time sitting by the window.. haha...