Sydney is the ultimate goldmine for all Thai eats. Sure, Thai is a failsafe comfort food choice, but surprise, surprise, it’s not only an amazing choice for your hangover feed, it’s also 100% delicious—and slightly addictive. For all your egg nets, fried chicken, crispy pork, glass noodles, betel leaves and spices, here’s where to grab the best Thai food in Sydney.
Chubby Cheeks is the latest Thai joint to hit Oxford Street and it does not disappoint. Huge shout out to the crackling pork belly bao loaded with pickled veggies and sriracha kewpie, it's the type of dish you would hit up on the reg. And do they serve up on of the best black sticky rice puddings around Sydney? Yeah, we'd back that.
This will be one of the best Thai feeds of your life, hands down. If you’re on the lookout for freshly grilled fish cakes, king prawns (with garlic relish), juicy pork skewers and the best coconut ice-cream (ever), well, you’ve found your next eatery.
Muum Maam (Thai slang for “little glutton”) is a street style tuck shop you can’t afford to miss. Let’s be honest; a two-day food coma is inevitable after you visit this gem. You’ll get the best Thai flavours in their selection of curries and noodles and everyone is always talking about their pad thai with chicken, dried shrimp, peanuts and tofu. Yep, pop this one on your hit list.
This epic food factory is pumping out Thai feeds like nothing else. Yok Yor covers all the staples you crave weekly, along with epic flavour concoctions for when you’re feeling a little adventurous (pretty much all the time). And yes, the som tum with green papaya salad and salted egg is life changing.
Let’s Eat Thai
Hit these guys up for some pretty little Thai dishes that you’ll want to treat your tastebuds to STAT. Let’s plates up nothing less than tasty AF, and we mean this because we literally (and no doubt you could too) eat everything on their menu. Snatch up some of their crackling pork belly and do not, we repeat, do not miss out on their green curry.
Everybody knows the ultimate partner to Thai cuisine is… a cocktail. Look it up, it’s a fact. These guys have a crazy starter menu that you could basically live off, with tasty eats like betal leaf with smoked trout, and chicken wings with chilli dipping sauce. And yes, they have all the curries and seafood dishes too but um…the cocktails. The cocktails are to die for.
We hereby give you the ultimate take on modern Thai, and guys, Long Chim does modern Thai really, really, reaaaaaally well. Headed by David Thompson (the legend who gave the world the internationally-acclaimed Nahm in Bangkok), this hub is churning out soft shell crab stir-fry, hot and sour soup and a steamed barramundi curry on the regular.
This one’s super popular and why? Well, because there’s no such thing as a bad dish at Home Thai (we’re not even joking). Just a warning, most Sydney-siders get seriously obsessed with this place, so you can expect to be coming back again the next night. From the dumplings, to duck larb topped with deep fried duck, you’re going to have an awesome time here.
Maenam Lao & Thai
Because people who love Thai don’t just go to Maenam Lao & Thai once in their life; they go every week. Yep, whether you like it or not, you’re going to become a regular here just like everybody else. This one’s for when you want a damn good pad Thai or pad see ew. Trust us, its comfort food on a whole other level.
When you want to eat all the Laos food, this is where you head. Cue an awesome drink menu, super tasty dishes and a killer interior. We’d say that’s the perfect set-up to enjoy fried ice cream and pandan waffles.
Grab your quick Thai feed from Chum Tang, and guys, the dishes here are seriously off the charts! Known as the “station within a station” and planted right in the middle of The District, you’ll find delicious bundles of rice and noodles, plus one of the best-grilled wagyu striploin, roasted rice and roasted chilli dish you’ll ever have.
Boon Cafe At Jernai Thai
All hail Boon Cafe. Here you’ll find a glorious mash-up of Thai classics and some inventive musings on staples with artisanal ingredients from local producers, along with a few daily specials. The team here is serving up Thai twists on avocado on toast, big breakfasts with bacon and skewered pork, and matcha frappes (only one hundred times better than every skim latte ever). And we highly, we mean HIGHLY suggest you check out their sandwiches because we’re already drooling just thinking about them.
We’re huge fans of Khao Pla and it’s not hard to see why when you take a peek at their awesome menu. Standouts include their Issan steak tartare with chilli flake and lime juice, the kingfish sashimi with prawn floss and red chilli mayo, and of course, the dessert menu goes off with caramelised puffed rice, coconut sticky rice, roasted chilli and spiced anchovy with smoked coconut sorbet.
Spice I Am
No doubt you’ve heard of Spice I Am (we really hope you have because this one has won a heap of awards). Let’s be real, this is as close as you’re going to get to Bangkok eats without physically flying to Bangkok yourself. You’re in for a Thai feast like no other, so we suggest you bring your rat pack to help you finish off the eats here (and you’ll want to try as much as you can!).
If you’re on the hunt for straight up, no-fuss Thai food, we give you—Tum Zaap. This one is a local institution and for a good reason too. We all love a good Thai feed, but not all of us are fans of the spice; but fear not hungry friends for you can easily choose your hot or not so hot level here. With everything from your fried goods, to curries, grilled meats, noodles and satays, you’re guaranteed to get a solid Thai fix from here.
With a Southeast Asian focus on its dishes, Sugarcane is plating up zesty and fresh dishes that we can’t get enough of (goodbye summer bod). We’re all for their delicious fish curry sauce, their deep fried crispy chicken, their silken tofu and their coconut-doused cob of corn. Yep, we’re fans. Can you tell?
Long live Longrain. This Southeast Asian hub has serious street food credentials. The eats here play with the basics of hot, sour, salty & sweet so basically, every dish is a major hit for your tastebuds. The menu is designed to share and you’ll want to hit up the filled eggnet (it not only looks amazing but tastes amazing too) packed with pork, prawns, peanuts and cucumber relish.
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