Ploy Thai is a small restaurant in Eighth Avenue Maylands that enjoys a solid reputation among locals for good food and at the right price.
It certainly is a tiny little spot and on our visit there we both enjoyed the food, and the service from the smiling waiters.
The menu is as you would expect of a suburban Thai place – a few entrees, soups, Thai salads, curries, stir fries, noodles and rice, and with both a seafood and vegetarian selection. It is BYO – and a BWS almost next door helps if you have not brought anything with you – and there is no corkage charge, either.
We started off with fish cakes – we always think the standard of these sets the scene for this type of cuisine – and these were pretty good – a nice blend of seafood flavours, hints of chilli, and an enticing lime backdrop. They were tender, moist, moreish and came with a sticky, sweet chilli dipping sauce.
A bowl of Tom Yum Talay followed – lovely spicy and sour flavours, good chilli heat, full of tender squid, scallops, mussels and mushrooms, with lemongrass providing some citrus back notes.
Lifted aromas from the Thai spices – basil and the rest – all made for a pretty good bowl of soup.
A main course of Seafood Pad Ka Pow stir fry with scented Jasmine rice – wound our meal up. This combination of seafood – prawns, scallops, squid, mussels – with fresh chilli, onions, basil and a zesty sauce was another satisfying dish.
The seafood was well cooked, still tender and moist, no overcooking here, and the vegetables – broccoli especially – crunchy and refreshing. For mine it could have had more chilli heat, however Lady FWO was gently perspiring, so I guess it suited her palate if not mine.
We came away from Ploy Thai happy with the food and service, and the locals are right – the prices are very reasonable indeed.
The Eighth Avenue/Whatley Crescent strip is gaining a reputation for some good value eating houses and Ploy Thai certainly adds to the choice available.