Besides being named, short and sweet, after the gingery Southeast Asian plant that’s an essential ingredient in the classic Thai tom yum goong and tom kha kai soups, Galangal is an award-winning legend in Perth’s restaurant landscape. The magic lies in Galangal’s ability to remain down to earth, offering a menu packed with traditional Thai dishes, while elevating the art of Thai cuisine to glamorous heights. The venue, up on the Mount Hawthorn stretch of Scarborough Beach Road, speaks volumes about the quality that the kitchen offers, too, with a dining room decked out in peerless style – white, starched tablecloths against rich, dark, wood-panelled walls. For a taste of Galangal’s upscale Thai dining experience, a reservation is essential.
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I was at the Galangal restaurant for Valentine’s Day as we have visited them a few times previously. And have had a decent experience before. We arrived and ordered drinks and food. It took several minutes before the staff could get the drinks order right. The staff seemed rushed, extremely anxious and nervous, frantically darting around the seats that were crammed to take in couples who weren't there. Initial drinks order took ages to arrive, food was decent, but the coffee was forgotten, though it was ordered. The ice cream dessert was poorly presented and tasted straight out of a supermarket trolley. The restaurant was quite chaotic and noisy and made it impossible for anyone to relax. At the till we informed the staff we didn’t receive the ordered coffee which she then promptly removed from the bill. As we had ordered quite a few items, we had to resort to taking away one of the mains(beef stir fry scotch fillet) that was hardly eaten by us. ON UNPACKING THE TAKE AWAY AT HOME I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND MORE THAN 2/3rds OF THE BEEF MAINS MISSING FROM THE PACKING! It was unbelievable that a so-called average and decent restaurant would resort to blatant 'stealing' of a customer's fully paid food item between the table and the take away packing. The food was delicious but after the experience tonight we won’t be coming back again. A lot of other restaurants have delicious food and actually value their customers that dine in the restaurant. It has all the hall marks of a desperate and failing restaurant. Not long before the inevitable happens, if this trend continues is all I can say. What a shame!
Very busy on a Saturday night, noisy, waiters were overworked and rushed and food was luke warm when it got to the table. Sent it back - still lukewarm. Food was tasty and waiters did their best.
Could I please encourage you to find a way of putting soft fabric furnishings into your restaurant to reduced the overwhelming noise level. It was a busy night and buzzy atmosphere, but the noise level made it impossible for all our guests on our table to hear. How about fabric draped across the ceiling. Something please. Anna
These days, Galangal is more than a rising star among Perth restaurants, Southeast Asian or otherwise. Having taken out the national award for Best Thai Restaurant in the 2014 Savour Awards For Excellence competition, the reputation of this Mount Hawthorn Thai restaurant is secure. The food here is sensational and, originating from the so-called Land of Smiles, you can expect the service to match, each and every time. Open for dinner from 6pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday, the restaurant’s excellence and relatively limited opening hours have made these tables up on Scarborough Beach Road some of the most sought after in the city. And what supports this fame?
The food. The delicious nouveau Thai cuisine that this restaurant serves up with endearing, understated artfulness. Start with the ‘Galloping Horses’, mar hor, balancing the sweet, savoury and nutty flavours of duck, ground shrimp and cashews atop pineapple slices, or go for the curious fusion of Thai-style beef carpaccio with larb dressing. Perth’s Southeast Asian seafood fans are recommended the pla rad prik, barramundi with a spicy garlic, chilli and tamarind sauce; vegetarians will love the wok-fried Asian greens or classic veggie pad Thai; even something as simple as fried rice with king prawns or the stir-fried beef Scotch fillet with chilli, Thai basil and snake beans go gourmet here in Mount Hawthorn.