CCU breathed in the smell of peanuts and coconuts, their aromas tickling her tastebuds as she walked through the crowded streets. A merchant here, a food stall there, there was just too much!
Well she had to start somewhere so she ambled over to an exotic location where the scent was especially strong.
Mmmmm…. was her last thought before she shut the door behind her
Guys I apologise today that I do not have a recipe to share with you all (though I am planning to this weekend :D) – in its place, I have decided to take you on my Thai adventures so you do not get huge withdrawal from your lack of Go Bake Yourself (a real condition with symptoms include grumbling stomach, lack of chocolate and hallucinations of Nutella)
Allow me to introduce you to the wonderful, magical world of Thai food. Simple, exquisite and no pretentiousness, just classy, ambience. Dark oaks mixed with crimson as well as darker lighting set the mood inside but we sat outside with the sun waving goodbye.
Perfectly set tables with a very innovative idea for a pre-packed hand sanitiser for your use either before or after your meal. Promoting hygiene before eating is such a big plus!
As soon as we sit, a waitress approaches us and though, unlike Crinitis, she is not designated to our table, they are all each as efficient as last, no matter the order you put them in. They immediately filled up our cups with water and left with the menus, looking so determined which I found actually a little humorous
And then suddenly, the food and drinks arrived *stomach grumbles from memories*
In less than 5 minutes, I kid. You. Not. Our drinks had arrived.
Firstly, my mum went for the very exotically displayed coconut juice, which she had been lusting after forever!
Sweet and refreshing, I love the authenticity with which is arrived, all umbrellas-cocktail-style and rustic cut up coconut!
My dad, never separated from his favourite Lemon Lime Bitters which was, as always, bittery sweet deliciousness in a glass!
Me, I may look old enough to order cocktails, order a mocktail (parents… sheesh ;)) called Daiquiri.
It is a minty concoction which looks quite thick but is actually as watery as mum’s coconut juice and full of a refreshing minty taste! The green is too pretty too
As soon as the drinks are set, another waitress sashays out carrying our spring rolls and curry puffs. SPRING ROLLS AND CURRY PUFFS
The spring rolls are presented just so beautifully, eating them feels like a crime. Actually. The spritz of sauce on the plate, the flower in the pot and the spring rolls standing in their glorious… gloriousness!
I loved the thin paper they used to make them more authentic, rice paper I believe, and it was chewy with a touch of sweetness. The inside was a delicious vegetable explosion with the additional of marinated tofu which went perfectly with the sauce!
The curry puffs were a particular favourite of the evening. Warm, beckoning fried goods with a perfect crunchy but solid exterior, the inside was nice and warm mashed vegetables whose seasoning complimented the delicious sweet chilli sauce on the side!
We had barely finished our last bite of entrée before we knew that our plates were whisked away and the mains had been set down before us. Honestly it was in the blink of an eye, their waiters are close to robotic!
Anyhow, the first main dish of the evening was my mum’s beautifully exotic, veggie lover’s delight, namely Chilli Peppercorn Tofu. Just saying it makes me feel so foreign!
Obviously featuring tofu, the sauce marinated all the vegetables flavours and soaked it into the tofu, resulting in one of the best stir fries I have ever sampled
Mum was certainly very very happy!
Daddy, brother and I went for the ‘Make your own meal’ option. And so many options there are! Honestly, if you check out the links below, you will be very pleased at the various combinations available
Daddy went for the Stir fried meal and got the Chilli Peppercorn sauce (though his face at the peppercorn sitting on top of his dish was pretty hilarious :P) with chicken. No pain in eating this Asian dish, daddy loved it to bits!
Brother dear, followed suit in the stir-fried section for chicken but was so not for peppercorn and instead, got the Chilli basil selection! As always, he was smitten with his dish from this restaurant! His looked quite similar to daddy’s just no peppercorn
They ate it with a delicious, plump bowl of rice, so fluffy!
Moi? I went all avant garde obviously and ditched the stir fries for some noodles. Ever had their noodles? No? Get on a plane, get in the car, I don’t care, just come eat their soft, deliciously incredible rice noodles – you will never eat Pad Thai anywhere else again
Sorry back to my dish ;)! As you know, I got noodles with my preferred Chilli Basil flavoured noodles along with vegetables and tofu. This dish is self-explanatory in how utterly delectable it tasted. Honestly. Just look at it.
And thus ended one very glorious Thai experience! Would I go back again? In a heartbeat. Would I take you with me? If I could, I would take the world with me
- I already noted how efficient everyone was but I think they might have been too efficient – I know, I know is there really such a thing at a restaurant? I loved the digital orders but the refilling waters at every attempt got a little disruptive. Also I appreciate the continuous dishes but when one has just finished their entrée, a 5 minute break is appreciated!
- Fantastic options and range – vegetarians need not worry about meat overtaking the menu at all which I have found to be common in Asian restaurants
Booking: Necessary, necessary, necessary!
Address & Contact Details:
Level Piazza, Shop 7,
6-14 Castle Street
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
Phone Number: 9899 5669
Oh, oh and before I forget, we DID have dessert!!! The most incredible sticky date pudding in the history of sticky date puddings, this restaurant is utterly one of my favourites! But I won’t mention it yet because I promise you, I shall be reviewing it soon
Yes I know, you are dying for me to go to this restaurant and review – daddy, I am hinting here