Flush with incredible Thai food, you could throw a stone in just about any direction throughout Sydney and hit a great Thai restaurant. That being said, you could imagine that narrowing it down to a list of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney wasn’t an easy task. Nonetheless, we did the deed because it needed to be done, and after much ‘appe-thai-sing’ debate, here are the ones that rose to the top.
There’s almost always a queue, and for good reason. Chat Thai is a local favourite any day of the week and a late-night haven in the case you get hit with the midnight munchies.
Within only a few years of opening its doors, Khao Pla has firmly established a glowing reputation for itself. Thai classics take on a modern twist in this casual eatery that buzzes with good energy vibes.
House’s Isaan style dishes full of salty, spicy and sour flavours will have you experiencing Thai nirvana. Watch out for their tum zua salad, it’s a scorcher!
Surry Hills Eating House
Surry Hills Eating House serves up authentic Southern Thai at its finest. If you’re after an elite-level curry, then you’ll find it in their gaeng kiew wan nua.
Maenam Lao & Thai
Located in a suburb that’s known for its Korean food, Maenam Lao & Thai is a standout and for good reason. Their well-known classics like pad thai and pad see ew set the bar high.
Family-style share plates are the name of the game at Longrain. Hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours pop off this upscale Southeast Asian fusion menu.
Street Thai at Alphabet Street is home delivery only. Meaning, you don’t even have to put on pants to enjoy their juicy duck dumplings and savory curries. (But maybe put them on to answer the door.)
With Thai street art on the wall and an energetic open kitchen, Muum Maam brims with vibrant character. Go during lunch for a quick street style meal or dinner for a more classic affair.
A bit fun to say and a bunch of delicious things to eat, Yok Yor made its way onto the streets of Sydney after opening first in Bangkok in 1982. Authenticity here runs deep with family recipes having been passed down through generations.
Satang Thai Exclusive
There are a handful of tables at Satang Thai Exclusive but it’s a takeaway joint if you ask anyone. This means some of Sydney’s best Thai food can be had for takeaway prices, with only one item on the menu breaking the $10 mark.
Bangkok Betty’s ability to consistently deliver some of Sydney’s tastiest Thai makes this cheeky little neighbourhood gem one we couldn’t ignore in a list of the city’s best.
Expect plenty of flavour, lots of heat, and a bit of a Laos twist at Holy Basil. Don’t leave without trying their fried ice cream. Thin flaky pastry, coconut shavings, caramel syrup and fresh strawberries is all we have to say.
The Tall Lemongrass
The Tall Lemongrass sports a stellar reputation for its creative modern Thai dishes. Not to be overlooked is their delicious aubergine stack signature dish.
Great Thai at reasonable prices is what keeps locals as well as non-locals coming back to Tum Zaap. The green curry here is a savoury blend of coconut, herbs and veggies, and should not be missed when deciding what to order.
Image credit: Lisa Brooke at Surry Hills Eating House