Other than Chinese food, Thai food is probably the next popular Asian cuisine in Sydney, if not on par. We have been to a couple of Thai restaurants before and they’re usually packed with customers. Last weekend, we decided to give Spice Gourmet Thai a shot since we were craving for something hot and spicy (as always!). Located in Parramatta, I found out it’s just next to the famous Malaysian restaurant Temasek, which we would definitely go to next.
Since we made our reservations earlier, we did not have a problem getting a table. In fact, we were way too early for our reservation (45 minutes!) and I was worried that they might not be able to accommodate us before our time. Thankfully, there was a vacant table and we were comfortably seated by the window in no time.
Our first dish was the Medley of Appetisers, which consist of a chicken satay skewer, a fried chicken wing, a spring roll and a curry puff. This was clearly meant to be a single-serve portion, because everything was just singular. The chicken satay was well-marinated with a delightful peanut sauce, and the chicken wing was nicely flavoured too. The curry puff had nice pastry but could do with more fillings within.
Medley of Appetisers (AUD$9.90)
Dining in a Thai restaurant wouldn’t be complete without the customary Tom Yum Soup. The version here (and in most other Thai restaurants in Sydney) was served with button mushrooms, which I thought was quite strange. But I like mushrooms, so I didn’t mind them. But I did mind that the soup was not as spicy as I had wanted it to be. I guess they must have toned it down for the local palate, for I seldom find food here to be as spicy as we could get back in Malaysia. Perhaps I should start learning to make my own version of spicy tom yam soup!
Tom Yum (AUD$9.90)
My favourite dish of the night was the Pork Neck with Chilli Lemongrass Sauce. It was stir-fried with broccoli, chilli and onion and had a nice sweet and savoury flavour to it. The pork was also tender and juicy, I certainly wished there were more of them! Saucer was so sweet to let me have most of this dish because he knew I didn’t quite like the other one.
Chilli Lemongrass Sauce $14.90
The other dish that wasn’t really my cup of tea was the Beef Fillet Jungle Curry. This was a hot and spicy beef curry with lemongrass, baby corn, eggplant, basil and bamboo shoots. I believe this is a dish you either love or hate, because of the strong bamboo shoot flavours imparted in the curry. I, for one, am not such a big fan of bamboo shoots, so that was probably why I didn’t find myself liking it. Saucer, on the other hand, didn’t mind the flavours, so he had most of this. The curry was clear and light, much like a broth, so it was quite a new experience for me. And after that experience, I think I’m more of a curry with coconut milk type of girl.
Jungle Curry Beef Fillet (AUD$14.90)
For dessert, we shared the Vanilla Ice-Cream with Coconut and Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard. The ice-cream was nothing out of the ordinary, except that it was served with toasted dessicated coconut. The portion was quite huge, with 2 giant scoops enough for the 2 of us. But we unanimously agreed that the black sticky rice was a much better dessert. It reminded me of the pulut gula Melaka that we have in Malaysia, except that this was mixed with black glutinous rice within. The texture was really similar and the Thai custard provided a nice contrast to the dessert in terms of the texture and taste.
Vanilla Ice-cream with Coconut $8.90
Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard (AUD$8.90)
With my new hair
On another note, I just had my hair cut last week. It had been a while since I had hair this short, so I had to take a picture to commemorate the occasion. Overall, Spice Gourmet Thai was quite an average experience for me. We did enjoy that odd dish or two that night, but we were not entirely satiated, as how you would feel after you have a great meal that hits the right spot. That just means that we would continue searching for that perfect Thai restaurant!
Thai decorative piece at Spice Gourmet Thai
Spice Gourmet Thai
71 George St, Parramatta
NSW 2150 Australia
Tel No.: (+612) 9635 9666
Opening Hours: Lunch (11:30 am–3:00 pm), Dinner (5:00 pm–10:00 pm)