Spice I Am
You know you’ve hit upon one of the more popular restaurants in Sydney when you see the queues spilling out of the doors and onto the street, with hopeful diners tapping their feet impatiently and staring hungrily at the clatter of steaming plates being passed around heaped with succulent pork belly, Thai beef salad and the famous beef massaman. But wait, there are more people waiting in the pub around the corner, having given their mobile numbers to the busy, but friendly waitstaff. There’s a reason they queue, and it’s not just because there are no bookings – it’s for outstanding Thai food at cheap-as-chips prices. There are few better places serving such quality Thai, imbued with fragrant herbs and spice, and even fewer where you can hand over a $50 and still have change for the taxi ride home. So successful is this little joint, the owners went and opened a swanky sister venue on Darlinghurst Road. But at twice the price, it’s got nothing on the original. Aside from the beef massamam, and usual curry suspects, order the Thai Som Tum – green papaya, chopped up chili, peanuts, shrimp and tangy dressing of lime and fish sauce. And feel free to bring a bottle – there’s no corkage.