Banna Thai Cuisine is something unusual in Melbourne’s Southeast Asian restaurant landscape. Sure, they have all the classics – green and red Thai curries, pad Thai, pad see ew and pad prik khing – but they also have four special set menus that take in the cuisines of each compass point of the diverse culinary map of the Kingdom of Thailand. Central Lovers offers up a Thai curry, moo tod ga-thiem prik Thai, steamed rice and a drink. Northern Lover gets mountainous with khao soy, sai-ua moo (northern Thai pork sausages), rice and a drink. Northeastern Lovers serves up som tum and gai yang. Finally Southern Lovers ramps up the spice with yellow curry, khua gling, rice, roti and peanut sauce (making the Malaysian connection). It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Thai cuisine, and Banna Thai is easily reached from Brunswick or Anstey stations down Sydney Road.