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Chalawan

Collingwood · Thai · $$$$
Excellent
4.5/6
43 Reviews

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 Times

Open now - Closes at 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Address

Chalawan
102 Smith Street, Collingwood
Melbourne 3066

Chef's Choice

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Appetizers

Sa Gin

O'Conner grain fed hanger steak tartare seasons with CHALAWAN's blend of Norther Thailand's style spice mix on bed of fresh continental cucumber
A$15.00

Plah Meuk Khai Kem

Crispy fried calamari with home made creamy salted egg yolk aioli/ chive and spring onion
A$12.00

Peek Gai Tord

Organic rice flour coated chicken wings and crispy roasted chicken skin with sriracha sauce and pickled onion
A$10.00
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Mains

Nam Prik Kah Neur

Slow rosted cape grim grain fed flat iron with chili galamgal taste/mushrooms LARB salad and sticky rice
A$29.00

Khai Soi Gae

Slow roasted Victorian's lamb shoulder with Northern Thailand KHAO SOI Curry with home made black sticky rice tagliatelle
A$28.00

Gaeng Panang Tao Hu

Panang Curry with Tofu/Bean/Mushrooms on steam wild black rice
A$18.00
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Desserts

Kanom Jaak

Black glutinous rice pudding with Toddy Palm, Thai style granola smoke meringue and coconut ice cream
A$16.00

Khanom Gluay

Home made caramelised banana ice cream with banana chips/ banana Brulee/ sundried banana and chocolate and nut crumble
A$16.00
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Cocktails

Mind-Ky Control

Old Forester Bourbon/ Barcadi Fuego/ Liqor 43/ De Kuyer Creme De Banana/ Grilled banana/ citrus/ caramel
A$27.00

Krai-Thong Old Fashion

Fragant's Bourbon/ maple syrup/ orange bitters
A$25.00

Palmeira

El Jomardor Reposado tequila/ Vietnamese leaves/ palm juice/ addle cider/ sparkling water/ caramel
A$23.00
Don't miss out on a table!

43 Chalawan Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
robyn H.7 days ago · 1 review

great food chill vibes easy going staff. I enjoyed the green chili and would recommend Chalawan to friends. I will also come back again! Thanks

"Excellent"6/6
Leith M.25 days ago · 1 review

Delicious fresh Thai food and great service and atmosphere. The wine list is a bit overpriced but still worth a visit - get the pork belly with Chinese broccoli!

"Excellent"6/6
Richard C.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food , lovely service. We will definitely be back for more. The oysters alone was worth coming in for. The lime sorbet mixes so well with the house made chillies.

"Excellent"6/6
Olivia S.3 months ago · 4 reviews

The place is tiny but cosy. Be sure to book your table as spaces are limited. We loved everything! Staff was friendly and helpful and food was great. Oysters were an absolute hit - so fresh!

"Great"5/6
Robert L.9 months ago · 1 review

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.

"Okay"3/6
Pat Q.a year ago · 1 review

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 :(

"Okay"3/6
Lindsay S.a month ago · 1 review

I Facebook messaged Chalawan prior to going to ask if they did a banquet menu and I was told that they did. On arrival we were told that this was only available if prebooked and paid for online. Service was haphazard, food was good and the wine was half price so that was a nice bonus.

"Great"5/6
Natrapi C.4 months ago · 1 review

The only reason Chalawan doesn't get a full score from me is that they ran out of oysters during happy hours. Other than that... GREAT!

"Great"5/6
ishita p.4 months ago · 1 review

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.

"Great"5/6
imgMelita S.3 months ago · 2 reviews

Went with party of 4, service was quick and friendly. We were there mostly for the oysters. They were fabulous! The chilli lime oysters were fresh and super tasty. Everything else was good as well, with a special mention for the Sam Grob. Will certainly be returning.

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