The queue can be quite annoying especially when you don't know how long you have to wait. Last time we visited this place for dinner we waited for an hour before we finally gave up and went to the Thai restaurant next door. We came back later in the night when the queue had subsided and had some desserts. The sticky rice and mango is always a must in our order and the coconut milk pandan dumplings drink never ceases to satisfy.
I normally come here for lunch, but I've been coming here for dinner as its a 5 minute walk from my flat. The queues in peak time can be up to 45 minutes, but once you're inside you'll be pleasantly surprised at the funky decor and the menu is traditional Thai with plenty of great dishes to choose from.
Crispy porn with Asian vegetables a must, as is the mussaman beef, duck dishes and all their desserts are made fresh on site.
I went for the first time the other week and Oh My Gosh. I was so over stimulated. The food was delicious the service was pretty good and who minds waiting when you are with friends?? A great night out when you have dinner at Chat Thai.
We lined up for 45 minutes and the food made it totally worth it. For lunch the hannan chicken (Thai style) is a bargain @ $10.
And for dinner, make sure you have the massaman beef, pork belly with 5 spices and the duck with green vegetables.
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.
One of the BEST Thai restaurants around Sydney. The food has very authentic ingredients and the menu has a great variety of traditional Thai food.
Unfortunately you cant book here so you have to just come and wait. Bookings can be made at the Pitt St Mall one though!
Hi Nina Bow, I used to think they didn't take bookings but an ex-colleague was always able to get bookings anytime he called. I tried again recently and they did take the lunch reservation I was after.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore the food at Chat Thai but have to say the last couple of times I have been here, the service has been terrible. I ordered take away to be picked up on the other night and it was the most tedious experience. I stood at the counter for around 10 minutes while the cashier ignored me. Meanwhile I could see my food order on the counter behind the cashier just getting cold. Finally when they did manage to serve me, they stopped half way through to serve someone else and then start a conversation with another person. Meanwhile I was still waiting for my food. I may as well have waited in the queue to eat there for all the waiting I had to do.
It's certainly the best Thai food I've ever had, sophisticated, great variety, beautifully presented, quickly served. The only problem is that we ALWAYS have to queue for about 1h.. I love the steamed barramundi and my boyfriend loves the crying tiger! :) my fav entree are the spring rolls, they're really nice and light. It's not uber expensive, it's reasonable!