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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 :(
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.
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!
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.
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.