Twelve Spices Lao & Thai Cuisine, Canley Heights ($$)

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Address: 197 St Johns Road, Canley Heights NSW

Tel: (02) 9609 6212 ‎

Website: http://twelvespices.tumblr.com/

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It’s not very often that I venture out to restaurants in the West so I thought it was about time that I reviewed one for my The Casual Food Blogger readers who live in the area.

I have heard a lot of good things about this restaurant and seen quite a few friends post up photos of the delicious dishes they have enjoyed here.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is located between a few shops on a small but busy road in Canley Heights. None of the other shops surrounding the restaurant were open on the  night MC and I visited (a Friday night), but the restaurant was still very busy.

The interior was nicely decorated with down lights and lanterns, and the fact that it was full added to the buzzing atmosphere.

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Service

We had rung up earlier and been told that they didn’t accept bookings. We decided to go there anyway and see if we could get a table.

When we got to the restaurant it was about 9.00pm and we were hoping that because we were so late we wouldn’t have a problem getting in Unfortunately the restaurant was packed out and there were a few couples ahead of us waiting for a table as well.

We were told that they closed at 10.00pm and the kitchen closes at 9.30pm. We decided to wait anyway and see if we could get in. Luckily it wasn’t long before the helpful waiter ushered us in. He quickly gave us a few menus and informed us that we had 15 minutes to order before the kitchen closed.

We quickly placed our orders -a difficult task for someone who is indecisive!

Throughout the night the service was great. Despite the restaurant being busy we were always able to get their attention and they were friendly and helpful whenever we did.

Food

MC had a coke and I had a passionfruit fruit shake, which was delicious and refreshing on such a hot day! They were served in cute jars which we thought was a nice touch as it was both environmentally friendly and unique!

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We decided to order a few dishes to go with steamed rice.

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I am a huge seafood fan and love soft shell crab so we ordered the Soft Shell Crab with Green Apple and Green Mango salad with Cashew Nuts. I was pleased to find that there was a large serving of the crab, which is quite uncommon due to the high cost of crabs. It was also very crunchy and I enjoyed the textures of the crunchy exterior and soft inside. The salad was tasty and delicious, but I thought it was a little too salty for my liking, probably due to the fish sauce. Would have preferred a sweeter salad to go with it, but overall an enjoyable dish!

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We also ordered the Chicken Choo Chee Curry, another favourite of mine. I usually have the Choo Chee Prawns but we decided to go for chicken this time as we had already chosen other dishes with seafood in them. The chicken dish was creamy and the sauce was as good as any sauce I have had before. The dish was a little smaller than the others but as we had ordered so much, we didn’t manage to finish it all anyway.

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For something fresh, we went with the Prawn Salad which was basically prawns with a salad similar to that in the Soft Shell Crab. Unlike other prawn dishes I have ordered before, this dish had a good amount of prawns for the both of us. The salad was tasty and delicious, and was the perfect combination of the typical Thai and Laotian flavours of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. It was also very colourful and appealing to look at.

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Finally, we ordered the Pork Sausages with Nam Jim, a sauce made of fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar, and chilli pieces. The sausages were cooked just the way I like them, crunchy and brown on the outside and moist on the inside. The seasoning and spices were just right and the sauce was the perfect complement to lift this dish to the next level. Absolutely loved this dish, one of my favourites!

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Overall a fantastic meal. Great service and good atmosphere. Food was delicious, came out of the kitchen quickly and had good portion sizes. I only wish there was one closer to me!

Cost:

The meal came to about $70 all up and we had about a dish worth of food left over too, so we could have ordered one dish less and still been satisfied!

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 8.5
    • Food- 8.5
    • Ambience- 8.5
    • Value – 8

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