A and I felt like Thai cuisine during our last visit to Sydney, and A recommended an old favourite of hers, Sailors Thai. This iconic restaurant is housed in a heritage listed building in The Rocks and was established in the early 90’s. Even after thirty-or-so years, Sailors Thai is still a Sydney favourite for authentic Thai.
Sailors Thai Canteen is situated in the higher level of the building, with the multi-award winning, fine-dining restaurant (Sailors Thai) downstairs. A and I opted for Sailors Thai Canteen for a casual dinner and luckily, A and I were seated outside on the balcony, with a great view of Circular Quay.
We started our evening with Goong Tod Prik Kang ($12) – homemade curry fritters of fried baby school prawns, served with sweet chilli sauce – recommended to us by our waiter. We loved the prawns, which were fried with their shell on, and had a great kick of spice. The dipping sauce was the perfect accompaniment and A and I loved these crispy curry fritters.
A and I opted to share our two main dishes, and the first was chicken Pad Thai ($17). A and I loved this version of Pad Thai, which featured perfectly balanced flavour and fresh ingredients of stir fried rice noodles, peanuts, egg, bean curd, bean sprouts and baby shrimp. Sailors Thai Canteen also offer a vegetarian option.
Our second main was Gai Pad Khing ($22) – stir fried chicken with ginger, onions, shallots, soy beans and oyster sauce. This dish wouldn’t have been something I would usually order but after trying this dish, I was won over by the flavour combination of fried ginger and onion. I loved that all the vegetables still had bite to them and the overall flavour of the dish wasn’t overpowered by the ginger but instead it added a gentle flavour to the dish. It was a fantastic main.
A and I loved our casual dinner at Sailors Thai Canteen and will return to try the restaurant downstairs. The food was exceptional, with fresh ingredients utilised and a perfect balance of Thai flavours. Sailors Thai Canteen works on a walk in basis only so I recommend heading early or later to avoid excessive queues.