16 November, 2012
Thai Pothong, Newtown ($$)Comments : 1 Posted in : Asian, Sydney CBD, Thai on by : firstname.lastname@example.org Tags: cashew chicken, Choo Chee, Choo Chee prawns, Green chicken curry, Lychee, Lychee blended ice, Lychee dirnk, Newtown, Restaurant Newtown, thai food, Thai Newtown, Thai Pothong, Thai Pothong restaurant, Thai Pothong review
Address: 294 King Street, Newtown
Tel: 9550 6277
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Thai Pothong’s website says it is the “winner of best Thai restaurant in Sydney 4 years in a row.” That’s a lot to live up to.
We made a reservation for 5 (including one special visitor from Perth!) on Thursday and headed out to Newtown.
Once we were inside one of the first things I noticed was that it was very busy. The restaurant is pretty big as far as restaurants go, and at least two-thirds of it was full with diners.
The second thing I noticed was that it was quite elaborately decorated. At the front of the restaurant are two HUGE shiny Predator statues. There was a gift shop with various bits and pieces from Thailand for sale, and on the walls are brass ornaments, paintings, elephant heads, Hindu deities and Buddha statues.
Although the decor was a little overwhelming, it made for a nice atmosphere. You felt as though you were at a restaurant in Thailand as opposed to being just a few minutes’ drive from Sydney. The chatter of excited diners and the fragrant smells of Thai delights coming out of the kitchen contributed to this authentic atmosphere and made the experience more exciting.
Service was good with our friendly waiting checking on us every little while to see if we needed more drinks, water or rice.
I ordered a lychee blended ice which was absolutely delicious and so refreshing. The iciness of the drink and the sweetness of the mango were perfect for putting out the heat from the spicy food!
We each ordered a dish. I (after my usual 15 minutes of indecisiveness) settled on Choo Chee Prawns with steamed rice. Two of my friends ordered the Green Curry and two ordered Cashew Chicken, which are both great standard Thai dishes.
The Prawn Choo Chee was a creamy red curry featuring coconut milk, basil, chilli, lemongrass, garlic, galangal (a type of ginger) and kaffir lime leaf.
The portion size was perfect for one person and the dish was rich, creamy and spicy. Absolutely delicious and one of my new favourite dishes!
The Thai Green curries looked lovely and contained bamboo shoots, eggplant, chilli and of course, coconut milk.
It was MDS’ first time having a Green Curry as she is not too keen on spicy food -despite her Portuguese background! Although it was a bit spicy she seemed to really enjoy the dish, as did our friend from Perth who likes spicy food.
The other two members of our party ordered the Cashew Chicken. One of them commented that although tasty, the chicken was cut very thin and so it was a little dry and did not retain the flavour of the cashew sauce well.
Most dishes on the menu ranged from about $16-25, which isn’t too bad for a restaurant that is meant to have “the best Thai in Sydney.”
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 7
- Food- 7.5
- Ambience- 8.5
- Value – 8