I love how Thai restaurants in Australia (or everywhere?) have such kooky names. Any restaurant that can get me giggling before I even enter their premises is a winner in my book. It doesn’t get much more zany than ‘Thailicious’, and the fact that they’re located in Northbridge was enough to get me giggling and shaking my booty like Beyoncé before I even purchased their Groupon voucher. With tickets to a Cinema Paradiso film in hand last night, my friend and I found the perfect opportunity to use the voucher.
On arrival we were pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant warm and inviting. Cushioned, wooden booth seating added extra character and charm, and background Thai music added to the beautiful illusion that we were miles away from home.
The service was fast and friendly and before we even began the usual ‘vegan line of questioning’ our beautiful Thai waitress scored extra points for asking: “Are you real vegetarians? Because the curry pastes contain shrimp and fish sauce.”
Oh, big snaps for restaurants who get it! *happy Beyoncé dance!*
We chose the Vegetable Spring Rolls to start with and discovered delicious fresh vegetables and vermicelli noodles inside, unlike the nasty, mass-produced, fried-from-frozen spring rolls served in too many establishments. Another big, Thailicious tick!
For main course we shared the Pad Sukiyaki (vermicelli noodles, tofu, baby corn, vegetables and mushrooms in sukiyaki sauce):
And the Pad Kra Pow (tofu and vegetables stir fried with onion, fresh chilli and basil leaves in Thai spicy sauce):
Both dishes were hot and tasty and packed full of crunchy, fresh vegetables. The portions were generous and we were particularly impressed with the basil stir-fry which packed a surprisingly flavourful punch with every mouthful.
All up, we had a fabulicious time. See you again soon, Thailicious!