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.
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
- Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
- Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
- Friday 11:30 - 14:30, 18:00 - 22:00
- Saturday 18:00 - 22:00
- Sunday 18:00 - 22:00
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.
We were a group of 7 on a Wednesday night. The restaurant wasn't full so it made conversation at our table very pleasant. Have been when it's full and it can be difficult to hold a conversation and be heard. The food was absolutely beautiful as usual. Very tasty, fresh and full of flavour. Staff were very attentive. One of my favourite Thai restaurants and will definitely go back again.
Never disappointed with the food or service at this spot - a TOP notch restaurant and highly recommended to those that have never been there, you are missing out!
The food and service was excellent. This has been the eight time going and the quality is always the same and we will continue to return on a regular basis.
Exceptional food! Couldn't fault any of it. Ambience was good as was the service. Definitely going back for more! The Beef Carpaccio was our favourite.
Our second visit to Galangal and well worth it! The food is beautifully presented, flavoursome and served in some interesting serving ware. Overall fantastic. The pork belly was as delicious as the first time, the red duck curry and wok greens perfect. I read a lot of reviews about Galangal and the common negative thread was around the service and wait time for clearing tables. Well the reviews have worked, although the staff may be a little over enthusiastic now, but I'm sure they will find a happy balance. We will definitely go back and I can highly recommend Galangal to those who love Thai food!!
This is not the first time we have been to Galangal but I think it might be the last. The service last night was terrible, we must have been asked 6 times if we were ready to order after we actually have ordered by every waitress in the restaurant including the Maître D seating us. We ordered drinks and had to follow them the first time as they took ages to arrive at the table and when they did they were extra and wrong. The second order still forgot drinks when serving the table. The table had little space for four people and our assortment of dishes but the wait staff had no idea how to arrange the table to enable everything to fit, to be honest it was laughable. When the food arrived to be honest it was as expected, good tasty food. I wasn't overly impressed with the pig hair still on the pork belly so that was an immediate put off but otherwise the curry's were tasty, could have been warmer but very tasty none the less. All in all we will look at an alternate Thai restaurant in the neighbourhood which definitely rated much higher last time we were there. Definitely not the same Galangal we first went to 12 months ago.
A large restaurant with very nice decor, including carpet and tablecloths (good noise absorbers). Generous serves of top quality food, that is more imaginative than your usual Thai offerings. However the service was wanting from several different wait staff. We were seated quickly and given water immediately but had to wait a while to order, possibly because we were 30 mins late and it was now very busy. So we ordered our pre dinner drinks, wine, entrees and mains all at once. The entrees arrived first, THEN the pre dinner drinks (couldn't cancel them as we saw them being made as the entree turned up), immediately followed by the white wine. It was disappointing that I had to ask for a wine cooler that others had, as the wine would obviously not be drunk for a little while yet. We asked for the mains to be held back a bit and they were. We ate our delicious meal and the busy period subsided. Our empty plates sat on our table a tad too long. What was especially disappointing was that people behind us were served food, then the waiters walked straight past our obviously finished plates. 2 different persons asked us if we were interested in desert. Our water glasses were topped up eventually and then another 2 times. Yet despite that, the empty cocktail glass, that was finished a hour previously, was still on the table when we left. The manager/ bar attendant apologized spontaneously for the delay in pre dinner drinks as she was working alone. It was a Wednesday night and the place was full, so I recommend you book.
Food was really yummy. I also like the new restaurant. A big improvement from previous location. Ambiance was great. Food came really quickly. However, the service could do some improvement. Firstly, we're 4 adults but we're only given 2 menus? When I wanted to ask for 2 more menus, no one was in sight (we're seated at the very back table) so I had to actually stand up and walked to the staff near the kitchen area to ask for the menus. Moreover, I ordered Bangkok mojito for my drinks. When the waiter came serving the drinks, he didn't say the name of my drink properly and kept saying something like lemon cocktails or whatever, and I said "No one ordered this drink" And instead of saying "Ok I'll go and check again" he insisted "No no this is for your table" and just put the drink down to the table which I found was very odd and very persistent even though I already said no one ordered this drink. So I said "I ordered Bangkok mojitos. Is that what you mean?" Then he replied "Ah yes yes Bangkok mojitos" I found this very unprofessional. Lastly, at about 7.40pm after we finished our food, we ordered some desserts. We just literally ordered 2 mins away, then a waitress came over and said we had to vacate the table by 8pm. But we said to her, hey where's the desserts? We just ordered it. Could you serve it now? If you serve it now, then we will gladly vacate the table ONCE we finished. She seemed quite surprised and said no one was rushing us, just take our time bla bla bla...but really in our opinion, what she was saying was indeed rushing us and told us politely to go as quickly as possible. No one told me about this 2 hrs seating limit when I made the booking (online and call to confirm). Will I be back...yeah probably. The food kinda save my opinion about this restaurant.
Delicious food and great service on a very busy night. We had asked for a table in quiet area and our waitress acknowledged our request had been received and had done her best to accommodate this. However the noise level was high!! Still it's the food that is the standout here. Galloping horses are a must and we tried the soft shell crab with watermelon for the first time. This will now be a favourite. The mussamun curry with sweet potato was a taste sensation. If you love Thai food you must try Galangal
We are regulars at Galangal and have yet to have a bad meal. Very tasty, each dish on the small menu is very well done. Soft shell crab is a must and the barramundi is superb. Service can be a bit slow to start off with, but is all fine once orders have been taken, although we had to ask twice for our drinks on this visit. One of the few restaurants in Perth with consistently good food.
From the moment we stepped into the restaurant we received excellent service...Could not fault anything.The staff are very attentive without being in your face. The food as always was first class and watching the chefs working through the window added a great vibe to the place. My all time fav restaurant in Perth. Other restaurant owners would do themselves a favour by going to experience how it is done right...well done to the Galangal team.
We attended as a family of 4. We ordered a main (Pad Thai) and requested it to be served as Entree for 4 and it was served with a smile. We ordered our mains and did not have to wait long for them. Food was tasty and well presented. Prices are reasonable. The place was clean and inviting. And the staff (waiters and cashier) were friendly. Happy to recommend Galangal to all my friends.
The ambience of the restaurant is excellent and is backed up by the warm friendly service. we started with the tiger prawn dish as our entree and were presented with a large fleshy prawn with plenty of flavour to boot. Got mains we got the special, Penang lamb curry, which presented tender lamb cutlets immersed in a delicious creamy curry. Tasty dish but would have preferred lamb pieces soaked in the curry for further flavour penetration. Also had the barramundi lightly deep fried and coated in a spicy tamarind sauce, which was a delicious dish, and also got the garlic pepper stir fry chicken which was tasty. For dessert I had the lemon tart which was full of flavour and complimented by the vanilla ice cream. I also had tastes of the yummy coconut ice cream and the mango sticky rice which was yum too.
Galangal has something many other Perth restaurants don't..... Consistency with both food and service. Sometimes it's a little slow to get going, but once you are being looked after, relax. The small menu means all dishes are expertly done. We always leave Galangal anticipating our next visit. Overseas guests are always impressed. Please keep it up !!!!
I have been to Galangal twice now and the food is excellent. In fact my friends and I cannot speak highly enough of the food. But on both occasions the service was not good. The waitstaff are either not organised or there are not enough of them. They took ages to take our initial order and then on both occasions we had to get someone's attention to clear the entree dishes and prompt them for our mains to arrive. Following finishing the main course, again we had to search out a waitperson to clear the dishes and request to look at menus for desert. We will probably go back as the food is so good but the service is very disappointing and needs improving.
Had an enjoyable evening at Galangal. Hadn't been to their new location before - much larger than the East Victoria Park restaurant. Good was the same great quality. Had prawn and green papaya salad as starters and roast duck and barramundi as mains. Servings looked very small but we're surprisingly satisfying and of course delicious. Nothing was too chilli hot. Note that on Friday and Saturday no BYO. Would definitely return.
Top class with wonderful fresh flavours. The restaurant was advertised on their web site as BYO but when we got there we found out this did not apply to Friday and Saturday nights despite the fact that when we were offered a wine list it clearly mentioned BYO and corkage ... Very confusing. We ordered a bottle of wine but our entrees came before the wine and on questioning we were advised that the wine was warm and they had to chill it. Even more confusing as we had a lovely ice cold bottle of wine in our cooler bag! The meal was wonderful, fresh and vibrant with a modern twist. Serving sizes are smallish so make sure you order adequately. If you don't order entrees you could easily eat two mains but what a wonderful way to explore the menu!
Awesome authentic Thai food. Excellent service although very busy on a Tuesday night. Entrees were amazing, we had the beef carpaccio, spring rolls, soft shell crab and curry puffs. Curry puffs are a must have, we've had in Perth. Mains were perfectly cooked, we had the twice cooked pork belly, fish, duck curry, pad thai and pad prik king goong (prawns). Dishes were full of flavor. We tried three desserts, coconut ice cream, lime tart and the mango sticky rice. The mango sticky rice was our favorite. It was nice and warm and not too sweet. Would definitely recommend this place, but will definitely need to book in advance as it is very busy.
Our Thai experience at Galangal was super plus , great atmosphere, food dishes that were superb and friendly staff made our night most enjoyable. We highly recommend the Galangal to all who are seeking a taste of Thai.
Restaurant decor is beautiful very tasteful, service attentive, price reasonable. Food was good especially the roast duck red curry but the menu was not extensive. We ordered the fish cakes and money bags for entree both were well cooked and very tasty. We also ordered the barramundi which had nice flavours and a well cooked pad Thai noodle dish. Disappointing that alcohol is not byo on weekend. The wine we ordered which was a Pinot was out of stock so they recommended a substitute. The big let down was the acoustics in the place as the restaurant was full it was a case of having to shout to be heard as for some reason people in Australian restaurants seem to talk loud to the point of yelling. We had to leave after a certain point for somewhere quieter. The lady behind the bar/reception counter where I went to pay was extremely lovely and friendly. This only made up for the downsides of the evening so well done