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One Thursday night, thehouseofem had a spot of spare time before her futsal game. We decided to make good use of that time by doing what we seem to do best… eating out. Given the proximity to Carlton (where the game takes place weekly), Lygon St seemed to be the best place to look. We strayed from the conventional Italian association with Lygon St and headed up the road to restaurant “A” located in Brunswick. Unfortunately our plans were thwarted when we could not be seated without a booking. So back onto the street we went, wandered a few doors down and spied a relatively empty Thai restaurant. After a brief perusal of the menu and views of the pretty interior, we decided to eat here instead.
We arrived at 7.20pm to a relatively empty restaurant. A mere 30 minutes later, the restaurant was completely filled. Adding to the bustling environment were the frequent customers who opted for take-away and there seemed to be a constant flow in and out of the restaurant.
The canvas depicting vibrant scenes from Thai culture and life seemed to leap out from the surrounding black wall. It was the second thing I noticed after the gorgeous light “shade coverings”. The careful placement of the snapshots in alignment with each ceiling light further drew attention to the canvas prints.
The basket (a selection of popular appetizers) - spring roll (minced pork), curry puff, goong hom pa (prawn spring roll), fish cake and money bag…
and sweet chilli “water”? Watered down sweet chilli sauce? Either way, I prefer my sweet chilli sauce on the thicker side.
Halvies. We even managed to halve the money bag!
The spring rolls were standard and while good, didn’t leave any lasting impressions. The fish cake was excellent, with the perfect ratio of seafood to lemon grass to spice. The filling of the money bag was quite similar to the spring rolls and the distinction arose in the form of the crisp, bean curd-like (perhaps it was bean curd?) encasement.
The pastry that made up the curry puff was soft, thick and possessed very little crunch. Whilst in the mouth, it seemed to melt. The flavours were fresh and surprisingly light (curry taste wasn’t too overpowering) for the palate. A very tasty morsel.
Garlic roti bread, with satay sauce.
Garlic bread - (butter + bread) + roti = garlic roti bread.
Roti on its own, delicious. Throw a little garlic into the mix, SCRUMPTIOUS. Thehouseofem picked up a piece to transfer onto her own plate, licked the oily residue off her fingers and was already delighted by the taste. The roti bread was very soft and fluffy. Garlicky clouds. The peanut sauce was very sweet and a stark contrast to the savoury garlic flavour. Likely down to personal preference, I was happy to eat the garlic roti on its own.
After our entrees, there was no food in sight for quite some time. Technically speaking, there was but the dishes spotted just weren’t ours. Each dish brought past our table emitted a sensational aroma that teased our appetites and whipped our stomachs into a hunger frenzy. The only thing that didn’t do that was the water and drinks.
Larb won san - chicken minced with glass noodle cooked with chilli, lemon juice, roasted ground onion and herbs.
Pad see ew - stir fried thick rice noodle with egg, Chinese brocolli and dark soy sauce (with the addition of prawns)
Our mains came out almost 30 minutes after our entrees and 45 minutes after ordering. It might have been because we were feeling super duper hungry by this point because my pad thai-like main came across as one of the best pad thai dishes I’ve tried to date. The only difference that I could think of that distinguished this dish from pad thai was the use of thicker/wider rice noodles. The soy flavour and the egg pieces scattered throughout the noodles were essentially no different. While the dish did become an instant favourite, I wasn’t a fan of the uneven pepper distribution. I had noticed that some bites packed more pepper than others and to such an extent that it was virtually akin to eating a teaspoon of pepper with a side of rice noodles.
While thehouseofem and I were at first quite disappointed by being turned away by “restaurant A” (the venue had reeked of delicious smells), Thai on Street turned out to be more than just a consolation prize. The food was quite delicious and fresh-tasting. The only downside was probably the long wait for our food but I guess that’s a testament to the restaurant’s good food.
56 Lygon St,
Brunswick East, Victoria, 3057.
(03) 9388 2314