Tucked into a handsome little terrace along Leichhardt’s Norton Street, opposite the Norton Plaza and business centre, sits Full Moon Thai, beatifically beaming its delicious Thai dishes to Sydney’s inner west masses. Taking its name from the lunar festival that has made the island of Ko Pha Ngan famous, Full Moon Thai, like the traditional festival, is perfect for a family gathering over food designed for a long life and good health.
Full Moon Thai’s recently renovated premises down Norton Street in Leichhardt cover both casual, laidback dining downstairs, and a little more atmospheric refinement upstairs, where some serious fine Thai dining can take place. Whether you go for shorts and sandals or button yourself up for an intimate dinner date, the food at Full Moon Thai is uniformly delicious, and incredibly well-presented. Affordable lunch specials – chilli jam stir fry, Penang curry, classic pad thai and much more – are already making this a popular Sydney spot for lovers of Southeast Asian spice, making a booking a good idea whether you’re banqueting or looking for a spontaneous meal out.
Once you’ve got yourself a table at this fresh new Thai restaurant down Leichhardt’s Norton Street, we recommend going for the Money Bags as an entree. These delicacies were invented in the kitchens of the Thai Royal Palace, and have since become a culinary classic: a soft, tender filling of minced chicken, prawns, chestnut and corn packed into crispy, golden, lightly deep-fried pastries. Served with sweet chilli sauce these little flavour bombs whet your appetite before the main event. All the classics you’re likely to expect from a Sydney Thai restaurant are covered here, but Full Moon Thai’s specials are something else. The choo chee fish takes deep-fried whole snapper marinated in an authentic and lesser-known type of red curry – that’s the choo chee – and cooks the lot in coconut milk and lime leaves, while the fantastic sizzling seafood platter combines stir-fried fresh vegetables and the best of Sydney’s maritime bounty – scallops, fish fillets, king prawns and squid – brought to your table on a sizzling hot plate. Whether you’re waxing or waning, Full Moon is perfect place to dine Thai.