Thainista, Willoughby ($)

Address: 330-332 Penshurst Street Willoughby 2068

Tel: (02) 9882 2189


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On Friday night we decided to visit Thainista in Willoughby. It is a pretty nice looking restaurant, situated on busy Penshurst Street, about 5 minutes from Chatswood.

This was the 3rd of my “3 Thai restaurants in 3 days” weekend!

See here for restaurants 1 and 2.


We waited a short while before being seated by the window. The waitresses were very friendly but were quite slow to attend to us when we tried to get their attention, probably due to the fact that the restaurant was pretty busy and there were only a few waitresses.


The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. The dining area looked nice and neat, and had nice wooden panelling on the walls and mood lighting. However, my dad said the bathrooms weren’t very clean and you could see the old-looking kitchen from the dining area.


Food was excellent. We really enjoyed all the dishes that we ordered. For entrees we had:

  • Spring Rolls x 2

There were 4 spring rolls per serve which meant we got 8 altogether. I enjoyed the hot and crunchy spring rolls which were served with a plum sauce. However, my brother and mum didn’t really like them as they had a lot of cabbage in them.

  • Satay Chicken Skewers

This entree came with 4 skewers. The chicken was soft and moist and the satay sauce was delicious and rich. We all really enjoyed this dish and it was my mum’s favourite entree.

  • Curry Puffs

The curry puffs (4) had a nice soft pastry and a spicy vegetable filling. They were served with sweet chilli sauce and were very enjoyable.

For the mains we ordered:

  • Massaman Beef Curry

This curry had two large chunks of melt in your mouth beef which were cooked in a creamy and aromatic coconut sauce. A little spicy, this dish was another of mum’s favourites.

  • Chicken Cashew Nut Noodle

The Chicken Cashew Noodle dish was my way of ordering a Chicken Cashew dish without ordering a Chicken Cashew dish. This was basically Cashew Chicken with flat rice noodles. Unfortunately the dish was more noodle than chicken which was a little disappointing, but the actual flavour of the dish was quite nice.

  • Seafood Pad Cha Talay

This was a very spicy seafood dish containing mussels, calamari and prawns stir-fried with mixed vegetables, lemon grass, galangal, lime leaves and chilli. I loved the chilli prawns and the crunchy snow peas and capsicum which added colour to the dish.

  • King Prawn with Sweet Creamy Basil Sauce

The King Prawn dish had 3 very large prawns in it. Obviously it woould have been better if there were 4 considering there were 4 of us. There were some other vegetables in the dish including broccoli and carrot as well. The sauce was basically a coconut milk or cream base with a lot of turmeric, chilli and prawn flavours in it. I really enjoyed the rich flavours of this dish as it tasted as though the prawn flavour had been infused into the curry, unlike dishes I have had at other places where the sauce has just been added to the meat after/during cooking.

  • Steamed Rice

Just some plain rice to go with the curries. For dessert we were told the only options that day were lychees or vanilla ice-cream. We ordered 2 of each.

  • Lychees

The lychee dish was just 4 lychees in syrup (from a can) with a few ring-shaped ice cubes to cool it down. Refreshing, but very simple for a restaurant dessert.

  • Vanilla Ice-cream

Basically your standard vanilla ice-cream, nothing special here.


Not very expensive and good food. Most dishes are about $15.00 but Signature dishes are around the $20.00 mark.


Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 5
    • Food- 8
    • Ambience- 6.5
    • Value – 7.5

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