Chat Thai, Westfield Sydney ($)

Address: Level 6, Shop 6002 Pitt Street Sydney

Tel: (02) 9221 0600

Website: http://www.chatthai.com.au

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I’ve been to Chat Thai a few times now (see here for one review), and the food is always decent. It is an easy, centrally-located, cheap Thai restaurant in the CBD. This time I went with three girl friends who were also in the mood for some Thai to warm us up on this particularly cold day.

Atmosphere

Being a Friday night, the restaurant was packed out as usual. The atmosphere was great due to the large crowd and the sizzling sounds coming out of the open kitchen. The dark mood lighting made for a warm and inviting dining environment.

Service

Although it was a Friday night and we didn’t have a reservation, we were able to get a table before the rest of the workers finished up and left the office. Our waitress was pleasant but nothing more, and she took our orders on her ipod app. The food we ordered came out quite quickly but not all at once.

Food

We ordered four dishes with each of us selecting on each.

My friend NL ordered the yum ma kruea- a char roasted eggplant salad with ground chicken and prawns. This dish was slightly fishy and quite salty, but the eggplant was an interesting addition to the meal as I don’t usually order it. There was not much chicken and prawn in the dish, however. 3 Yum Ma Kruea, $22.00

I ordered the goong choo chee- poached king prawns in red curry. A delicious curry, one of my favourite types. There were 4 huge king prawns- one each but I would have preferred a few more as it didn’t seem to be enough and looked quite small on the plate. Good flavours though, and the gravy went well with the steamed rice. 4 Goong Choo Chee, $24.00

The Fitness Fanatic of the group ordered the ki mao- stir fried wide rice noodles with chicken, chilli and holy basil in dark soy sauce. There were plenty of noodles, but again, not much chicken. I did enjoy the spiciness of the chilli and the crunchy stir-fried vegetables though. 1 Ki Mao, $14.00

Finally, CR ordered the nuea padt nahm mun hoi- stir fried beef and seasonal vegetables in oyster sauce. This was a lovely dish with plenty of beef in it. The beef had a strong oyster flavour but was a little tough and chewy. 5 Nuea Padt Nahm Mun Hoi, $16.00

We also ordered steamed rice at $4.00 for a large. 2 We finished up with an assortment of Thai sweets including some pandan rice, palm sugar rice sweets, mini crepes with a meringue filling, coconut jelly sweets and  a layered green and white jelly sweet. We tried a little of each and while I enjoyed the mini crepes and the rice, I didn’t particularly enjoy the jelly sweets. I was also quite full from dinner and as we had ordered so many, I couldn’t eat much of the sweets. 7 6 8 Cost:

All up the meal came to $103.00 including dessert. We didn’t end up getting any drinks (the waitress never even asked if we wanted any).

Rating:

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

  • Service- 6
  • Food- 6.5
  • Ambience- 7.5
  • Value – 8.5

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