696 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Phone: 9372 9113
I was a bit bummed I missed the outing with @jeroxie and @eatnik to this Thai restaurant, even though I’m not a great fan of Khao San Road in Bangkok. There’s far too much reggae and touting going on there for my liking! Mr N and I dropped in a couple of weeks ago for dinner before a show nearby. It was pretty bustling for a Thursday night, but they managed to squeeze us in without a booking. Throughout the whole night, theservice was friendly, quick and generally impeccable, even though they were busy.
We started off with a little entree of chicken and tapoica dumplings, which were an interesting mixture of textures, with the chewy, gelatinous tapioca contrasting with the crunch of water chestnuts in the filling inside, and the crisp juiciness of hte lettuce used to wrap the dumpling. Flavour-wise, however, I thought the dish could have benefited from a dipping sauce.
Next, we had the lamb fillet curry and grilled chicken salad. Now I wouldn’t consider either of these dishes traditional Thai, but they were both certainly good!
The lamb was well cooked, but still juicy and tender. It was a slightly odd take on a curry; huge chunks of potato, eggplant and pumpkin are hidden beneath the lamb, and it came on a plate. The ‘medium’ curry was probably too mild for me, but still pleasant.
The grilled chicken was well marinated, and the judicious use of thigh fillets meant the chicken stayed juicy. I’m not sure about the use of more Western salad leaves, but overall, the dish was refreshing and tasty.
I really liked the cute little ceramic ramekins the rice came in, too. I’d highly recommend the trip to Khao San Road – it’s even better than the real thing.