'I could eat Thai food every day for a decade and never get bored.' - Everyone; everywhere
Within the pages of every Brisbane Thai restaurant’s menu/tome you’ll find every kind of piquant pleasure your heart could possible desire, from pungent curry, succulent noodle dishes, and delectable stir-fries; to nectarous soup, fragrant rice, and the kind of spicy salad you can totally win friends with.
From table-bending banquets to pants-less takeaway on the couch, the gastronomic delights of Thai food flourish across the dining spectrum. Feel like bringing your own tipple? Absolutely. Want to celebrate with a fancy crew? Right this way. Fancy scurrying home and scoffing the whole thing supine on your couch? No problem.
Try getting that kind of cure-all satisfaction from the Fat Duck.
As if that wasn’t incentive enough, Thai food has been scientifically proven to mimic the healing powers of ambrosia. Side effects include (but are not limited to) the virility of a goat with ten penises, laser vision, and four shades whiter teeth in 7 days.
***Bonus Thai fun fact: every 13 minutes someone recalls their first taste of Thai food and triggers a phenomenon known as ‘residual euphoria’ which requires them to lie down naked in a meadow for up to 7 hours.
My Thai | Auchenflower
Holy dooley and a spritz of patchouli, My Thai is a destination and a half! Fully licensed with an expansive function space, banquet menu, and cooking school, My Thai in Auchenflower is a Thai dining apocalypse.
My Thai Kitchen | Milton
Milton favourite, My Thai Kitchen, is a Thai operation in three parts. Part one is their rockin’ kitchen itself, churning out fresh, sapid Thai every night of the week. Part two is their cooking school, where dedicated patrons can learn how to cook like the pros. And finally, part three is My Thai Kitchen’s Asian supermarket, selling all the specialist ingredients and tools you need to recreate your favourite dishes.
Golden Buddha | Seven Hills
As the only entry without the name of the cuisine in the title, Golden Buddha won’t be Thai-d down by conventions. The food is bang on and Golden Buddha are committed to spreading their zesty love as far and wide as possible, offering a catering service for your next big ‘do’ and cooking classes so you can recreate the magic of Golden Buddha like a pro. Open 7 nights for dinner, fully licensed, and they totally grow their own herbs (!).
Modern Thai Restaurant | Mt Gravatt
Besides a bounteous array of soups, salads, stir-fries, noodles, and curries, Modern Thai at Mt Gravatt offers a provocative bank of ice-cream flavours including toasted coconut and roasted macadamia. Also completely licensed, Modern Thai Restaurant makes dining in all the more enjoyable.
Thai Ways | Albion
For more than 20 years Brisbaners have been tucking into fresher-than-fresh Thai made to order by the scintillating chaps at Thai Ways. Heads up Albion, you may not already know, but your favourite Thai also does home delivery 7 nights a week. Dinner = sorted.
Thai Smile | Annerley
Annerley’s Thai Smile has absolutely mastered the convenience game; for takeaway place your order online or, if you’re local, Thai Smile will happily deliver their boxes of spicy scrummly straight to your door.
Soi 9 Thai | West End
Another shimmering beacon of diner convenience, West End’s own Soi 9 Thai delivers locally and lets you do all your ordering online. Prices are low, servings are generous, and they have complimentary mints.
Longtime | Fortitude Valley
Well, aren’t we the fancy pants? Longtime is a new addition to Brisbane’s best Thai list, and it’s a pretty swanky one. No bulk bags of prawn crackers here. A cool, low-lit fit out made for drink over-ordering, and a menu of Thai nosh so glorious it’s fit for a king (like, literally. One of the chefs previously worked for the Thai royal family). Longtime is well worth the price adjustment.
Thai Wi-Rat | Fortitude Valley
Ignore the unfortunate rodent reference and tuck into some the cheapest, tastiest, most authentic Thai in Brisbane. Found down Brisbane’s Chinatown Mall, Thai Wi-Rat is an essential foodie destination for any Thai lover.
Thai Naramit | Clayfield
BYO Thai restaurant Thai Naramit in Clayfield is adored by north siders for their fresh, authentic dishes. Grab a vino and head in for a one of the best Thai meals in town.
Mons Ban Sabai | Camp Hill
From the valiant studs who brought you Green Papaya, Mons Ban Sabai is a garden restaurant and Thai cooking school pumping out some of the finest Thai food this side of Bangkok. Like any really good Thai restaurant, Mons is BYO, and also a great take-away option for lazy date nights, and greedy dinners alone.
Thai Tara | Fortitude Valley
As the folks at Thai Tara will tell you, they make enthusiastic use of chillies and Thai herbs, and the result is some tasty darn Thai food. Bonus: you can order online!
Thai Kitchen | Wilston
Wilston folk are all over the good thing that is BYO spot, Thai Kitchen. An unassuming interior, friendly staff, and a cracking menu of all your Thai favourites has earned this inner-north Brisbane restaurant a spot on our best Thai list.
Tarragindi Thai Restaurant
Southside kids go bananas for the Thai dishes coming out of Tarragindi Thai, and rightly so. A menu peppered with delights like crispy skin duck, Moreton Bay bug curry, and mango with sticky rice, and a liberal BYO policy, means you should add it to your eat-list.
Spirit House | Yandina
Though not technically located in Brisbane, Spirit House is well worth a mention on any list of Thai restaurants. You might have heard of their baller cooking school, but Spirit House also boasts a tantalising menu of shareable Thai dishes. With dining sociability a major focus of their operation, they’ll even let you tag-along on one of their food tours to Thailand (squeak!).
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