Thai food makes the world—and, in particular, Gold Coast—a better place. From table-bending banquets to pants-less takeaways, the tasty 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 getting your pad Thai delivered so you can scoff the whole thing on your couch? No problem. Thai food really is the people’s food.
Read on to discover our pick of the best Thai restaurants on the Gold Coast.
Were you aware that such an excellent Thai option existed so close to the heart of Broadbeach? Consider yourself informed. There’s no reason to spill garlic kebab sauce over your shirt after a few drinks when great Thai awaits down the road. Check out Iyara Thai's house specialties, including the Bugs (deep fried with your choice of sauce) and The Jungle Curry (your choice of protein with coconut, mixed herbs, zucchini, bean and bamboo shoots) are both worth a look, as is the Crab Meat Fried Rice. Iyara Thai is fully licensed and comes with a BYO wine option also. You are now all set for your next night out in Broadbeach.
Although relatively new to the GC Thai scene, Sticky Rice is making people take notice. Its fresh, modern atmosphere, combined with its on-plate delights, is sending people south to its beachside home in Tugun. There’s plenty of small plate options such as the tasty Betel Leaf (grilled prawns, coconut, lime, peanuts, chilli, ginger and coconut sataf). For larger dishes, dive in to the Crying Tiger (wagyu sirloin with nam jim jaew, shallots and red chilli) or the Crispy Pork Belly (stir fried with Asian greens, garlic and oyster sauce). As with any new restaurant vying for a top spot on the Coast’s foodie scene, it’s not just about the food—it’s about the night out too. Sticky Rice has you covered with an impressive line-up of beers, spirits and cocktails. If you’re chasing contemporary Thai, this is your spot.
Absolute Thai Homemade
If you’re a dedicated Thai fan who focuses solely on the food you stuff into your mouth, then Absolute Thai Homemade is worth your time. Some of its specialities include Deep Fried Barramundi Fillet (with your choice of sauce and vegetables), and Pad Prik Pao Moo Grob (crispy skin pork belly, spicy chilli jam, mixed vegetables and onion). There’s also stir-fries, noodles, curries and deserts to fill your belly. Drop by this gem for a no-fuss feed. Forget the modest décor, it’s all about what’s on your plate.
The Mirrors Thai Restaurant
It’s quite likely you’ve driven past The Mirrors on hundreds of occasions and failed to notice it even once. But a well-known phrase comes to mind: don’t judge a Thai restaurant by its exterior. There are a number of interesting chefs specials, which include the Beef Salad (grilled sliced beef with chilli paste, lemon juice and Thai herbs) and Pad Pong Kra Ree Goong (stir fried prawns in creamy curry sauce with chilli paste). There are also traditional curries, rice and noodle dishes, and a selection of sides. Everybody wins. The good food comes with good prices—a winning combination that’s well worth a try.
Cocohut Taste of Thailand
Another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Thai eatery, this time squeezed into the middle of Surfers. But think seriously about braving the tourist crowd to give it a whirl. All your favourites are there, such as Pad Thai and Pad See-Ew. But make sure to venture into the Cocohut recommendations, such as Coco Larb Wonton (deep fried wonton wrapper filled with minced chicken seasoned with larb, served with sweet chilli sauce) or Coco Tom Yum Noodle (coconut broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, chilli, galangal, served with your choice of noodle and protein). There’s also a lunch menu, with well-priced specials so you can enjoy this beauty pre-pay day.
You know what they say, the best Thai restaurants on the Gold Coast are hot spots for locals. And you’ll find a whole bunch of them hidden inside the cozy Lucky Buddha. These guys have ripper lunch specials and pack their plates full to the brim (so bring that appetite of yours and don’t say we didn’t warn you). Best of all, they’re BYO with the bottle shop just next door. Trust us and order the Crispy Skin Pork Belly, the moorish Massaman Curry or the Spicy Basil Chicken. Heck, “one of everything, please!”
An oldie but a serious goodie we just love the traditional and delicious Thai food at Siam Orchid. Housed in a large Queenslander home on the Gold Coast Highway, this eatery has been serving up moreish Pad Thai for years. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke! They also cater to vegans, offering up delights like vegan noodles with chilli and basil and vegan chicken mince chilli and basil stir-fry with a vegan fried egg. Oh and did we mention they’re BYO…yea we’ll see you there.
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