There’s a reason why Thai is basically the most popular takeaway choice of all time, and that’s because there is a Thai dish for every occasion (no, we're not kidding). You’ve had a crap day at work and want some comfort food? Pad Thai. You want something interesting and delicious but can’t actually cook yourself? Massaman Curry. You’re on a pre-summer carb-free diet? Thai Beef Curry. You’re sick and need a pick me up? Tom Yum Soup.
Whether you’re hitting up date night or ordering in for a night of Netflix and chill, we’ve scoped out Brisbane’s Brisbane Thai restaurants that serve up enough variety and flavor to suit all the moods.
Thai On High
Highgate Hill favourite Thai On High has been serving up some of Brisbane’s best Thai for years. We love the green curry, the traditional pad thai and the low-key, friendly service.
The traditional Thai interiors at Red Galanga in Norman Park make it one of the nicest Thai spots to dine in at. And when the menu includes winners like piping hot laksa and salt and pepper soft-shell crab we’ll be there on the double. In a surprise East-meets-West twist they also serve up huge creamy milkshakes for dessert!
Aroy Thai Kitchen
Thai fish cakes, curry puffs, coconut prawns and prawn dumplings are all on the extensive menu at Aroy Thai Kitchen in the Valley. With lots of space, it’s great for a casual night with the squad.
Mons Ban Sabai
Mons Ban Sabai in Camp Hill doubles as both a beautiful garden restaurant and an excellent Thai cooking school. The master Thai chefs are particularly known for their incredible stir fry dishes including sweet basil with chicken and tamarind snapper. Yum.
Longtime in Fortitude Valley has often been touted as some of Brisbane's best Thai, and they have the queues to prove it! Combining atmosphere by the bucket load with modern Thai dishes, Longtime captures the flavours we know and love, but with serious attitude. Our picks? The Moreton Bay bug coconut curry and crispy pory belly pad see ew.
My Thai Kitchen
Some of the most fresh and authentic Thai dishes this side of Bangkok, My Thai Kitchen in Milton delivers vibrant green curries, smoky BBQ skewers and sukiyaki noodles on the daily. The My Thai Kitchen chefs also put on a range of cooking classes so you can learn the secrets of a good curry yourself.
If you’re looking for bang for buck and spicy, authentic Thai dishes, Thai Wi-Rat in the Valley is where it’s at. With big smiles, fun staff and quick service it’s always a friendly atmosphere and don’t leave without trying their sticky rice with banana and coconut cream dessert.
The family-run Thai Kitchen in Wilston is a favourite among locals for noodles, curries and stir fry, though you can’t go past the slow-cooked beef Massaman curry with potatoes. The best part? It’s totally BYO.
Tucked away in Post Office Square, newbie Phat Elephant is (finally!) bringing modern, casual Thai dining to the CBD. Serving up all of the classics, plus soon-to-be faves—the soft shell crab is to die for—Phat Elephant is perfet for a post-work satay stick and a cold Singha.
Hidden Albion gem, Thai Ways, is one Brisbane Thai restaurant you can confidently do for date night. The charming interiors and authentic menu are top notch. We really rate the drunken noodles and the grilled satay chicken with rich, homemade peanut sauce. Drool.
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