Similar to Mamak, A and I had heard rave reviews about Chat Thai before heading to Sydney, so we were both very keen to try it. On the cold and windy night we went, Chat Thai in Haymarket was very busy. People were standing outside, huddling under the heaters provided while they waited for their table. It took about 45 minutes for A and I to be seated inside, but the wait was definitely worth it!
Due to 45 minutes of waiting in the cold, our appetites seemed to triple since our arrival, which led us to ordering three mains between the two of us. We had heard that the flavours at Chat Thai were quite authentic, so we decided to try the three dishes A and I regularly order in Perth (typically at our favourite Thai restaurant, Dusit Thai) to see how our Perth eateries compare for authenticity. We ordered the Green Curry with Chicken, Apple Eggplants, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Basil ($14), Char-Grilled Beef Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Fresh Chili ($13), Pad Thai ($13) and a side of rice ($3).
The first dish to arrive was the Grilled Beef Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Fresh Chilli which looked amazing. The colours of all the ingredients were really vibrant. I love ordering Thai beef salad, as I find it simplistic, refreshing and very flavoursome. Our first dish did not fail to disappoint – the beef was only lightly grilled so it was still a little pink and chewy, the salad elements were very fresh and the dressing was well balanced and very spicy - it took my lips a while to recover afterwards from the chilli!
The Green Curry with Chicken, Apple Eggplants, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Basil arrived next and it smelt amazing. A and I really enjoyed picking out the apple eggplants to try them, as this was my first time in trying this vegetable. The sauce was creamy and really well balanced, plus there was so much chicken – an absolute bargain of a dish that left A and I wanting more! The rice that accompanied it was fluffy but a tiny bit cooler in temperature than I prefer (my only criticism for the evening).
By this stage, A and I were quite content and weren’t sure how we were going to be able to eat the Pad Thai when it was placed in front of us. However, before we knew it, the dish was completely finished. I found that it was actually made quite similar to the Pad Thai found at Dusit Thai in Northbridge W.A. – it wasn’t sweet at all, was really nutty and had a good amount of egg within it. Another amazing dish that didn’t fail to disappoint.
A and I left Chat Thai feeling really happy, thanks to the great dishes provided, the friendly service as well as the very reasonable price at the end of our meal ($43). Each dish delievered different flavours and textures and it was definitely a highlight of our Sydney trip.
Highly recommended for your next trip to Sydney!