From the moment of entry to this restaurant, one can tell that it's a popular establishment due to the boisterous lunchtime crowd and full ground level seating. The rawness of the brickwork decore, the hawker centre style settings and the fragrant Thai aromas from the open kitchen quickly hit us and this seemed quite an eclectic and happening place. Weaving our way through this compact layout towards the rear and then up a flight of stairs to our upstairs table, we found ourselves with a nice view of the hubbub below. The menu was presented in a hardback book form and contained numerous Thai grub - most of which were unpronounceable by Western tongue, but ample and clear descriptions were provided so you don't have to bring your own translator. The variety of dishes on the menu was plentiful that it took our group sometime to decide. Once our order was taken, the food came in no time. We shared a variety of stir fried flat rice noodles, duck, curry, pork and chicken with a generous serve of fluffy steamed rice.
The taste and aroma of the food were all there and the dishes were all steaming hot. We quickly relished each dish and left empty plates, mostly. Who says you have to travel to Thailand to enjoy authentic Thai food?
Service was slightly lacking and definitely not fine dining but as expected when the place was quite packed and rooted in fast hawker style origins. Our table was slightly smaller than comfortable for the seven of us. When in the restaurant, a queue was steadily growing and by the time we left, the queue had not diminished. Looked like Chat Thai had fully cranked up and to capacity.
Nice decor, delicious food, fast and no-nonsense service. Would be pleased to come here again.