Up the top end of William Street S&T Thai has a friendly and welcoming feel about it – the décor is rather plain although it is juiced up a bit with large prints of food ingredients on the wall – limes, shallots. Since I was last there they have removed the buzzers on the tables which were used to call the waiters – no problem with that, it is quite a small dining space so waiters are quick to come to you when you need them.
It is unlicensed but again quick to supply glasses and ice buckets for our wine. The menu is very extensive, covering the gamut of Thai cuisine, and all of the “usual suspects” crack a mention along with some not so well known.
At lunch on Friday we began with their shrimp pancake – a plump, crusty fried cake full of juicy prawns in a mix of flour, egg and chilli – crunchy, crisp and moist it came with a rather mild and sweet dipping sauce – we asked for chopped chilli which boosted the heat component – it was a winner, for sure.
On to a Thai salad – and for me the hit of the day – Plah Goong – a warm mix of barbequed prawns, chopped lemon grass, onion, mint, chilli and lime leaf – this was pleasantly chilli hot – and the mix of flavours and textures a picture of all that makes up Thai cuisine. Loved it.
Finally Jungle curry of seafood – the sauce was a little thinner than I would have expected, more a broth, but it was jam packed with well-cooked prawns and fish balls, along with crunchy vegetables, kaffir lime and topped with a sprig or two of basil – a nice amalgam of flavour and texture, but not as chilli hot as expected.
The waiters are friendly and efficient, the food well turned out, although a little more chilli zip would have been nice – although they are happy to bring out chopped chilli or spicy sauce. All in all a pleasant little spot and well worth a visit if you are looking for a little spice in your life.