Located down on Johnston Street in Collingwood lies Son In Law—aka a shining example of modern Thai cuisine. The iconic orange painted shop front makes it tough to miss and a broad window frame allows passers-by to witness the colourful magic unfolding inside.
Run by husband-and-wife team Tony and Oh Rungpradit, Son In Law was opened with the aim of bringing a uniquely fun Thai dining experience to the north. Needless to say, they’ve exceeded expectations.
The most recent desserts and drinks have likely infiltrated your Insta feed. There are the magic chocolate balls that resemble famous cartoon characters. Delicious crepe cakes lie inside whilst the chocolate casing is surrounded with strawberry, crushed Oreo and ice cream. You can melt down the ball with your choice hot Thai milk tea, coconut pandan, or Nutella hot chocolate. Character favourites include Winnie the Pooh, Minions, Mike Wazowski, Doraemon, Totoro, pandas and more.
If you’re not a chocolate person there’s also the Thai milk iced tea with giant, fairy floss character heads. We repeat, GIANT FAIRYFLOSS HEADS. Fancy some rainbow-iced matcha with the head of a giant sugary Pikachu or a unicorn? This spot has your particular craving covered.
It’s not just all sugar and spice at Son In Law, their modern approach to traditional Thai cooking is what makes them stand out as a renowned spot. New summer themed items include a pineapple fried rice, filled with sweet and smoky flavours combined with prawns or chicken, fried shallots, carrot, and fresh herbs. We know what we’ll be ordering off UberEats this Friday.
The light-filled space is colourful and the two-toned brick walls gives the restaurant a lively feel. Tables are a mixture of raw and paint stripped recycled timber and the bar is wrapped in exposed brick. Drop cord lighting brightens the restaurant and the myriad of pastel colours adds to the all-round good vibes. The back garage has even been converted to another dining space for toasty evenings, featuring lanterns and tea lighting.
Son In Law is the friendly neighbourhood eatery that you just have to Thai to believe.
Image credit: Griffin Simm
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