Now, this may not come as much of a surprise given where the countries are on the map, but Australians like their Thai food, especially in Brisbane. Thai restaurants here aren’t exactly few and far between but, truth be told, you’ll find the best of them – or at the least the highest concentration – in and around the CBD. Why does Brisbane like Thai restaurants so much? Well, why wouldn’t they? Thai food is relatively cheap and relatively healthy but certainly way above average when it comes to standings on the spectrum of taste. We can’t think of too many other cuisines that’ll hit you with sour, sweet, salty and bitter all at once, so it’s no wonder that Thai restaurants in Brisbane are so popular.
As well as those four Thai buzzwords, sour, sweet, salty and bitter, Thai food and thus Thai restaurants in Brisbane are so well-loved because freshness is at the core of everything. Holy basil, Thai sweet basil, pandan, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chilli all feature heavily in Thai cooking, and when combined with vibrant pastes, vegetables and more variations of tropical fruit than you might be able to imagine, the result is a party on your palette where every ingredient is defined and detectable. The Thais make fantastic use of meat and seafood as well, so expect a visit to any one of Brisbane’s Thai restaurants to provide a wonderfully complete meal that’s booming with flavour and nutrition.
We’ve harked on about how healthy and how varied Thai food is and if you think we’re going to stop now then think again. It’s time for a breakdown of what you can actually expect to find on the menu of a Thai restaurant in Brisbane and, frankly, the choice is so rich that we think it’s best to break it down by course. So, let’s start with, erm, starters, which means satays, soups and seafood. At any of Brisbane’s Thai restaurants you’ll find these usual suspects and any or all are ideal to get you warmed up for the main event. Our personal favourite? Tough choice, but we’d say it’s difficult to go wrong with a classic tom yum soup with a side of spicy prawns or chicken satay, either or dipped in a peanut sauce and then the soup. Let us tell you, friends, whoever said double dipping is a crime clearly never ate Thai at a restaurant in Brisbane.
To be fair, if you’re in Brisbane you’re likely to be already familiar with some of the most popular Thai main dishes, but hey, since you’re here, we’ll tell you about them anyway. Of course, the components of many Thai dishes that we talked about earlier are used to build around the two key elements in Thai cooking: rice and noodles. Whether you go for the national dish of pad thai or a booming massaman or green curry, rice and noodles are there soaking up all the flavour, adding texture, providing that carb hit and generally putting a smile on your face. A simple fried rice, chicken with cashew nuts, pork with basil, noodle soup or a zingy papaya salad are all big hitters and you can expect to find all of them in any good Thai restaurant of Brisbane.
And that’s that. All that’s left for you to do now is find whichever of Brisbane’s countless Thai restaurants suits your occasion best – as we said, the CBD is the sensible place to start, but the suburbs are also packing some real gems – and then reserve a table. Quandoo makes this entire process a breeze whether you use the app or browse on your desktop, so go, reserve, enjoy, chat, reminisce, review. Doesn’t that sound good?