Thai

Spice I Am (Balmain)

It’s Monday night, and only the tenth time this Balmain newbie has opened. Unlike other restaurants I passed on my way down Darling Street, this one’s full. The menu reads like the greatest hits of Sujet Saenkham’s three other ventures.

Let’s Eat (Neutral Bay)

The team behind the popular Let’s Eat in Marrickville have brought their tasty Thai to Neutral Bay. Despite a ritzier, texturally rich fit-out, diners on the north side haven’t been asked to fork out more than a couple of dollars per dish over the super-reasonable Marrickville prices.

Lotus Asian Restaurant

If the idea of pan Asian fills you with fear, you’re not alone. I dined here with a little trepidation, but I can now happily assure you that the South East Asian dishes of Chef Danh Cao (ex-Blue Ginger) are, for the most part, bang on the money.

Let’s Eat (Marrickville)

This small and unassuming Marrickville restaurant boasts food that’s anything but. The chef, Polawat Danphasukul, has Thai mover-and-shaker Spice I Am in his pedigree.

Newtown – Not All Bad

This week Alex Harmon, a 27 year old doing her Masters in Writing by correspondence at Swinburne University, will fill my column inches with a piece on eating well in Newtown. The suburb’s dining outlets have been getting a bit of a bad rap of late, particularly in other publications, so Alex is geared to defend it.

House

Reckon you’re bored with Thai food? Take your palate on a trip to North East Thailand as you sample the spicy chillies, fermented anchovies and sour tamarind notes of authentic Isaan food at Sujet Saenkham’s (Spice I Am) newest restaurant.

Amaya Restaurant

This little white box in the budding Llankelly Place dining precinct offers an idiosyncratic take on Thai cuisine that reflects the influences and interests of owner/chef Bee – Walailak Tantisak.

Wow Thai

Full of good cheer from a stellar Sunday show at the Sydney Opera House, I directed my party to the chilly Republic 2 courtyard, determined to finally try Lucio’s Pizzeria.

Spice I Am, Darlinghurst

Sujet Saenkham’s spin-off restaurant eliminates the cramped surrounds and no reservations policy of the (justifiably) popular original. Instead it’s elegant up-lighting, raw bricks, soft timbers and Thai-inspired cocktails, like the lovely Sixteen Degrees ($18) flavoured with kiwi fruit.

Snakebean Asian Diner

The tantalising flavours of the Banana Flower Salad ($10.90) with prawns, chicken and mint, have drawn me to this tiny hole-in-the-wall setting three times already in the last month! I put my obsession with this happy, hawker-style food down to the warmer weather.