Sometimes you just get an inexplicable craving for Pad Thai; the soft noodles, peanut undertones, and an abundance of fresh and flavoursome produce.
While it’s not uncommon to see this traditional cuisine cooked on the side of the road in Thailand using weathered carts and utensils, the Gold Coast has a fab selection of the next best thing.
So read on for our top picks of the best Thai restaurants on the Gold Coast (plus some not-so-Thai joints) to grab your Pad Thai fix when that craving hits next, and, let’s be honest, it probably hit as soon as you read the heading.
Well known among Thai food buffs, Chiangmai is dedicated to producing authentic Thai food in an authentic environment (gaudy neon glitter lights, water fountains, and all). Opening on the Gold Coast in 1993, these guys have been raking in the awards ever since, which is understandable once you try their huge range of delicious Thai meals, particularly what we’re all here for: the Pad Thai.
Where: 2779 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Giving us a modern twist on Thai food, BSKT are sticking to their guns and have created a raw, vegan Pad Thai treat (aka the gorgeous work of art below). The only way to make this flavoursome dish even fresher is by eliminating the cooking process and relying on the mind-blowing flavours of the sauce and fresh ingredients. PS: this dish is noodleless (is that a word?) but it also won’t be your entire day’s calorie intake in one sitting…
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
If you’re after no nonsense, hearty Thai food, Boonchu should definitely be your go-to spot. While the décor is simple, the Thai kickboxing memorabilia collages that cover the walls will transport you to a different aspect of traditional Thailand. Catering to massive patron turnover, their signature Pad Thai is consistently packed with flavour and perfect to grab as takeaway, to stuff your face and lounge in front of a movie on a quiet night in.
Where: 15 Phoenician Parade, Broadbeach
Greenhouse Canteen and Bar
Serving up another Gold Coast interpretation of beautiful Thai food, Greenhouse Canteen proves you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy raw, vegan food. Packing in fresh spicy flavours, you can demolish this unique Pad Thai knowing you’re doing Thai food and your body proud. It’s stunning to look at too, so grab a cheeky Insta snap and dig in!
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Definitely a local favourite among the best Thai restaurants on the Gold Coast, Bangkok Thai on Chevron produces a huge range of traditional Thai dishes with a lot of love, Thai spirit and, of course, flavour. Bangkok Thai have already nailed the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter cornerstones of Pad Thai so all you have to do is make your choice of meat or seafood or tofu. Hmmmm, can we have all three? Simple and delicious!
Where: 62 James Street, Chevron Island
This Burleigh Heads noodle house offers up a mean selection of Asian street food—think beef pho, miso ramen, seafood laska, and curries. But you’re here for the Pad Thai and you’re gunna love it! On second thought, round up a few friends and share them all. Either that, or prepare yourself for a serious case of food envy.
Where: 66 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
Do you know another of the best Thai restaurants on the Gold Coast (or not-so Thai) dishing up a drool-worthy Pad Thai? Tell us!