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4.6 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews


Collingwood Thai $$$ +100
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About Chalawan

Didn't think Thai cuisine could get any better? Think again. At Chalawan in Collingwood, they’re setting out to to offer you flavours and textures you’ve never experienced before, and in-the-know foodies are quickly catching on. From exotic cocktails to gourmet desserts, this restaurant impresses from the start to the finish. And it’s not only the food making Chalawan such a hit – the setting at Chalawan is stunning, complete with exposed brick walls, wooden beams and shining tiles giving the place a unique feeling all its own. Named after an extinct Thai reptile about which so many folk tales have been told, the restaurant feels as unique as the legend itself. Take advantage of the most stunning Thai food Melbourne has to offer by making your way to this otherworldly Smith Street restaurant ASAP.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 23:00
Chalawan, Smith Street 102, 3066 Melbourne


26 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 26 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
12.08.2017 15:03

The best night ever, great food, good cocktails and staff are very friendly and lovely. I'm going back for sure especially Friday night with the best promotion happy hour 7-10 pm amazingggggggggg

1 review so far 6
09.08.2017 10:18

My second visit since the restaurant opened last year and made a point of coming back to it as I'm from Sydney and was only down for the weekend. Excellent food as expected and lively, friendly staff.

2 reviews so far 6
29.06.2017 10:44

Food was good, oyster was fresh and delicious, satay skewer was great, will visit again.but wine list was not many choices, overall was good.worth to try.

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 08:05

Delicious modern Thai food and great cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. Of particular note was the beef cheeks in green curry. Would love to return again soon.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2017 10:49

We had a very pleasant dinner for four at Chalawan. The staff were friendly and helpful and service was fairly prompt on a busy Friday night. To me, the cooking, especially in the curries, is a little bit heavy on the palm sugar, but that didn't stop the food being good. The bill was about $50 per head including drinks.

1 review so far 3
08.02.2017 08:33

I used to love this restaurant for its inspiring, unique food and good cocktails. However, this time around they completely changed the menu to be similar to the other typical Thai restaurant. The food is nothing to remember of though the cocktails are still nice. The place must have changed the chef or something. In any case, it is such a shame that the menu has changed and there is no unique thing about its food anymore. I probably won't go back there again as I can find the same or better food like this somewhere else at a better price. It has almost no reason for me to go back and pay such a premium to such a normal Thai food. Also, in between our meal, the restaurant decided to turn off the aircon and leave the door opened instead. It was such a hot night and we sat inside the restaurant sweating making the night much less enjoyable :(

1 review so far 5
13.09.2017 14:46

Chalawan had absolutely yummy food and we can't wait to go back again. Betel leaf crunchy bites, crisp fried calamari, juicy pork. Loved the mohito.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 14:21

Food was great! Half price drinks on friday night was a plus! We hoped the portions could be bigger.. especially for the soup dish which only filled up half the serving bowl even though it was meant to be large? Which was kinda strange.

1 review so far 5
08.01.2017 16:50

Food was excellent, although there were slight delays experienced with the delivery of some of the dishes. However this was minor in the context of the overall smiling service delivery. Cocktails were great but expensive.

1 review so far 5
03.06.2017 10:07

Although the service was a little slow the food was awesome and definitely worth the wait, the food had just the right amount of spice/chilli and was very balanced, would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 10:18

Great Thai food, great ambience, buy 2 beers get one free, small portions but that is a good thing Great location, great staff, great service

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 15:29

The food tastes incredibly expensive, but it's not! It's so reasonably priced. The staff are lovely and the cocktails to die for. I highly recommmend.

1 review so far 5
27.08.2017 18:23

Food was great, service fantastic, a little tight in the siting dept. My partner says the spoons are too big! :) Over all a great evening - thank you.

1 review so far 4
18.02.2017 19:21

Very decent Thai food, well prepared but but lost some of its edge from its early days. Food was more refined and much more interesting when the restaurant first opened last year. Now playing it safe.

1 review so far 5
09.05.2017 23:12

fantastic food and drink but the waiting staff got a bit swamped by sudden influx of people. however, food came out quickly. great night - would come back...

1 review so far 3
13.09.2017 08:22

Small restaurant with table and bar seats. There's happy hour half price drinks from 7pm onwards and $1 oysters between 6pm-7pm. Service is reeaally slow and inattentive which lets it down - you pretty much have to flag down waitstaff... but the food is good.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2017 20:42

Excellent food, the crab curry was great. A good selection of drinks and friendly service. This is a neighbourhood gem - will be back again soon.

2 reviews so far 5
05.08.2017 10:53

Food was delicious especially the beef cheeks & drinks were good too. We all had an enjoyable evening & we will be back again 👍🏻

1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 11:23

Food was very nice. Beef curry and Pad See Ew was the highlight but son in law eggs were a disappointment but overall very nice

1 review so far 5
05.07.2017 07:41

Not a large space- customers walk past to get their takeaway, which is slightly inconvenient. Food is delicious; and friendly, helpful service! Would definitely recommend.