Claggy, oily and overcooked noodles.
Due to the bastardisation of a certain noodle dish, I used to have a great aversion to Pad Thai.
That is until I found the spots that do it just right. At these excellent Brisbane Thai restaurants the noodles are firm (al-dente if you will), the sauce excellently balanced across all flavour notes and the accompaniments are actually good quality, as opposed to the non descript items you see somewhere; I’m looking at you tasteless, farmed prawns.
Yes, just like a simple sugo for your pasta, or a toasted sandwich made with great cheese and ham, a well-executed Pad Thai dish, while seemingly simple can be a wondrous thing. Here are our favourite Brisbane Thai restaurants that whack out an exceptional Pad Thai.
It wasn’t until moving into the hood in Albion that I discovered the little gem that is Thai Ways. Everything these guys make is SERIOUSLY good and the Pad Thai is no exception.
Thai On High
The phone rings off the hook with orders at Thai On High, and the tables are hotly contested. The whole place is a delight, and there’s a reason it’s such a Highgate Hill institution. Ordering the Pad Thai = a no brainer.
The noodles are firm, and they only make Pad Thai with chicken and prawn at Thai Terrace in Rosalie – no variations. I like that. It’s like when I was little and I’d tell my mum that I didn’t like what she’d made for dinner, “Well I’m not running a restaurant.” On ya mum and life lesson acquired.
My Thai in Auchenflower is another inner west local gem. No prawn in this one, just chicken. And oodles of it. This could be the frontrunner to top out the list, not that we’re playing favourites.
My friend Tor recommends the Norman Park gem, Red Galanga. And she has excellent taste. Enough said. (They also do a drunken noodle, and that just sounds like a good night out).
The tamarind notes in the Yim Thai Pad Thai dish are sweet and tangy, and the whole dish is a well balanced and ingredient-packed delight. The garlic and peppered beef is a goody here too.
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