Having been away from home for just over a week and eating a whole lot of “modern Australian” type food, I was absolutely craving some Thai food and luckily just down the road from where we ended up staying in Griffith was a Thai restaurant (although it did have a pizza place in the same restaurant). Since we were exhausted we decided to get take away and eat in our hotel room, which meant that we needed plastic cutlery and some form of plates. Luckily the restaurant was quite obliging and gave us an empty container and some plastic forks and spoons. Martin was left to order by himself and opted for curry puffs (yes, they had peas!), a veggie pad thai and a veggie stir fry – in which he asked them to add chilli as it didn’t seem to be listed in the sauce. The food was pretty good. The stir fry was very saucy, so it was kind of a cross between a stir fry and a curry (which is what I actually felt like, but Martin said they didn’t really have any on the menu) and the pad thai was one of the better ones that I have eaten. I can’t really comment on the rest of the menu since I didn’t see it, but they seem to be happy to oblige by adding or removing things from dishes. The blurb in the Griffith tourist book mentions a karaoke machine that anyone can use any time – if you are not into karaoke, you might like to check it out and decide whether to eat in or get take away when you get there!
This was a take away experience – there has been some debate as to whether take away experiences should appear in these reviews, but I am of the opinion that if it is a restaurant, then I should probably comment! This is about food dammit not about service or how pretty the restaurant is… So – food… We have eaten in and got take away from Thai Chiang Rai a number of times and the food is good. It is not the cheapest Thai food in town, but you do get a decent amount of food for your money, even for take away (unlike some other places!). We had the veggie curry puffs (nice but had peas!), followed by a red veggie curry, tofu with dried chilli and cashews and veggies with peanut sauce. Their curries are always good, the sauce is spicy and the veggies are not mushy and overcooked. The tofu with dried chilli and cashews was also a winner – it is one of their dishes we haven’t tried before, but I think we will be ordering it again in the future! The veggies and peanut sauce was a little disappointing… the peanut sauce could have been a lot more peanut-y! I have to say, that I think I can make a better peanut/satay sauce than this one… not to worry though, there are plenty of other veggie dishes on the menu to eat, including a rarely seen in Thai restaurants, vegetarian fried rice – which is something we have ordered in the past and is very yummy!
This was the second time we have been here… and really we only went here because it was close to home and actually open on a public holiday… although more on that later! The veggie range is pretty good as I have mentioned before, but the food was not as good as I remembered. It was in fact a little ordinary, certainly not going to be my new favourite Thai restaurant as I mentioned it might become previously. After we paid and were walking to the car I commented to Martin that I hoped he hadn’t tipped them too much considering the somewhat large public holiday surcharge they had added to the bill – $4 each. But hey, they gave us one nice set of chopsticks – not sure they are worth $8 though!
Dropped in here for yet another quick meal after a movie, and this time, it was literally QUICK! We were in and out within 35-40 minutes… but the food was pretty good, and there is a good selection of veggie options… Curry puffs for our entrée were great because there were NO peas, so I didn’t have to sift through the hot filling and pull them out. We had a veggie massaman curry and a tofu stir fry for the main. The curry was a bit odd as it had a variety of beans (kidney beans etc) in it, as well as pumpkin and nowhere near as much potato as I would have liked (but I am a potato head!). The stir fry was good, but had large chunks of tofu which were hard to eat and the flavours were just a little subtle for my tastes… I am sure chilli was mentioned in the description, and I think I saw some, but couldn’t really taste it… However the food was pretty good, it is just sad (for them) that they are right next door to Kopi Tiam which, unless I was particularly in the mood for Thai food, I would rather go to.
A large group of us went to dinner here, so it was good because I got to try quite a few dishes – some that I would definitely not have normally ordered. There is quite a good variety of vegetarian entrées (although mostly deep fried) such as curry puffs (no peas – yay!) and spring rolls, which we had, as well as some others, which we didn’t have and I can’t remember! There is quite a selection of veggie main meals and they were also happy to do a veggie version of pad thai – and I must say it is one of the better ones that I have had (I love pad thai!). Also on the table were a red veggie curry, a papaya salad and the vegetarian laab (usually made with chicken, but the veggie version is made with tofu). The curry and the laab were great, the papaya salad didn’t taste like papaya at all (so I quite liked it!) and was kind of spicy. I have had a veggie laab from another Thai restaurant in Canberra, but they chop the tofu into small pieces and deep fry it, so it is kind of rubbery and a bit weird to eat. The tofu in this laab was not deep fried first and it had just the right amount of chilli for me (which is a lot – I like my food spicy!). Since we are still looking for a new favourite Thai restaurant, we will go back and try it again – it is certainly high on the list of contenders!