Charles Thai is one of those reliable, affordable Sydney Asian restaurants that you know you can depend upon when, in a pinch, you decide on Thai food as the only thing that will assuage your appetite. A short run of hours and incredibly good value meals makes Charles Thai’s lunch sitting window extremely sought after among Newtown residents, meaning this King Street eatery packs out quickly. Book for midday tables, or bide your time until dinner – just as popular but with one whole extra hour to linger over the delicious Thai cuisine on offer.
Charles Thai have built a reputation in Sydney’s inner west as a fantastically tasty and fantastically good value Thai restaurant. Found down Newtown’s King Street, Charles Thai tempts diners with incredibly cheap lunchtime deals, and a whole host of offers throughout their rather limited opening times. First time customers get a massive discount, while diners coming in for their tenth meal eat free! However, while cheapskates rub their hands together in glee at the prospect of pinching pennies while chowing down on pad thai, the real drawcard is the authentic, fragrant Thai cuisine that gets whipped up in the kitchen.
Charles Thai’s most popular dishes include stir-fried pad se ew and pad kee mao (stir-fried tofu and vegetables with oyster sauce), classic pad Thai with chicken and prawn, and Thai seafood specialties such as salt and pepper prawn, tom yum prawn soup and a whole lot more. Carnivores ambling along King Street looking for something to sink their incisors into will be tempted by this Sydney Thai restaurant’s dry red curry crispy pork, served with Thai basil and eggplant. A similar temptation manifests in the form of one of the chef’s recommendations, the Panang curry stuffed chicken wings. This is one of our favourites, too, when we head to this Newtown institution for a Thai feast that leaves more than a little spare change in your pocket (for a handsome tip, of course).