The easing of the COVID19 restrictions saw my first venture back into Northbridge since February and a spot of spice was what I was looking for – so to Thai restaurant, Louder Louder, we went.
It looks good inside – I particularly liked the stripping away of the ceiling to expose the corrugated iron roof – and the outdoor area on the porch, looking over the street, complete with umbrellas is just the ticket in warm weather– and the al fresco area is also dog friendly so you can bring along the faithful hound. And as my lunching chum had done just that out on the veranda we sat.
As you would expect there are a range of noodle dishes, rice dishes, curries, Thai salads, soups and stir fries. All with the chilli notation to guide you.
They have tidy wine list and after a glass of Bizarre Love Triangle, the interesting Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling blend from Snake and Herring – musky aroma, with hints of pears and rose petals, and a spicy palate of pear and lime juice flavour – to get the taste buds going we ordered a bottle of Ochota Barrels Surfer Rosa to accompany our food. Grenache with a splosh of Pinot Noir this is an excellent rosé- raspberry and cherry aromas with a lick of spice, and a palate full of cranberry and rhubarb flavours with a slightly salty finish. Perfect with spicy food.
We began as we usually do here with a plate of their outstanding prawn cakes – the best around town -crunchily crisped hiding an interior of juicy, succulent chopped prawns and with a creamy mild dipping sauce.
Then onto Green Papaya salad boosted with salted crab and anchovy – matchstick slices of tart papaya, aromatic and salty from the anchovy base, and salted crab – complete with a few tiny crabs – eggplant, snake beans, and a little chilli. Refreshing indeed but I would have liked to see more chilli heat.
Finally, a plate of Prawn Pad Thai -slippery noodles, bean shoots, slivers of spring onion and capsicum, a scatter of peanuts and plump grilled prawns. Well turned out – and a bowl of chillies zipped up the heat.
This was a good choice for my first visit back to Northbridge and is hopefully the first of many trips to that hive of restaurant activity. Louder Louder is well worth a visit.