Pad Thai has cemented its reputation on the Sydney food scene as an affordable, satisfying and delicious staple. What's not to love? Peanuts, sprouts, rice noodles, egg, chicken, prawn—yum. With so many Sydney eateries offering their own spin on this Thai classic, we've roundup the best eateries to get your Pad Thai fix.
Tapioca | Cremorne
Hailing from Northern Thailand, chefs Phacharin Jantrakool and Krongthong Akkachitto have moved their culinary expertise from the kitchen at Sailors Thai Canteen to Tapioca restaurant Northside. With such a longstanding history whipping up this tasty rice noodle dish, it's no wonder they've perfected it to a T!
Chat Thai | Haymarket
In the heart of Haymarket sits the little gem known as Chat Thai. If you're a Pad Thai fanatic, then you can't go past one of their flagship eateries dotted around Sydney. Each location offers something unique, with the Haymarket outpost boasting a delectable spin on the traditional dish—it'll have even the most discerning Thai enthusiast licking their lips.
Rice Pot | Bondi Beach
Nestled on Bondi's Hall Street, Rice Pot has become a cult-favourite amongst the locals. Serving up thin rice noodles dripping with a delectable tamarind sauce, enjoy their authentic Pad Thai or better yet, order the Sen Jan Pad Thai, served with succulent prawns on the top.
Maggie's Thai | Erskineville
With a focus on Southern Thai cuisine, Maggie's Thai is creating serious buzz amongst Sydney's food scene. The menu is packed with punchy flavours—featuring delicious Thai classics as well as mouth-watering native specialty dishes.
Muum Maam | Surry Hills
By day, Muum Maam offers a low-key, street-style Tuk Shop experience, serving up a delicious Sen Jan Pad Thai lunch special. Post-dusk, the restaurant transforms into a banquet-style dining spot where patrons can tuck into their tasty, flavoursome dishes, whilst perched along the communal tables.
Blue Ginger | Balmain
Beyond Blue Ginger's brass-bolted temple doors, lies an incredible Thai culinary experience not to be missed. With an award-winning take on the famed Pad Thai and an outstanding dessert menu featuring dark Belgium chocolate truffle, coconut panna cotta, and black sticky rice pudding, Blue Ginger is one Thai restaurant that should be at the top of your list!
Holy Basil | Sydney CBD
Concealed within the City's Shark Hotel, this stunning Laotian restaurant boasts a delicious menu of South East Asian staples, infused with exotic Laotian flavours. Holy Basil's Pad Thai is one of their many distinctive menu options, and finds the perfect balance between sweet, sour and spicy.
The Rice Den | Chatswood
The latest addition to Chatswood's dining scene, The Rice Den is ticking all the boxes with their modern-Asian cuisine, which fuses the best of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian flavours. Chef Tu's hometown Pad Thai is a sweet and scrumptious medley of rice noodles and prawns, topped with fresh chives, chili flakes and peanuts—yum!
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