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Reviews of Chat Thai

  • Easternian Local Star 1,121 reviews
    I had some of my extended family coming from overseas for the weekend and I wanted them to try out the famous Chat Thai desserts. Chat Thai at Campbell St has always been known for its most comprehensive Thai desserts selection. We were in a large group and waited for around 20 minutes before we finally got a table, which is a very reasonable wait for this ever popular place.

    We ordered almost $75 worth of desserts which I believe was quite a lot. There were some desserts that were not available even though some of them were pretty much the popular ones. We only had around 15 minutes of dining time before they started rushing us to pay. One of us paid whilst the others were still trying to finish the desserts. However, the staff who gave us the table stood right next to us, implicitly asking us to leave the table immediately.

    Seeing that there were still a lot of desserts to be had, I asked her for a takeaway container. She then said fifty dollar. I thought she said it wrong, so I repeated her words. She replied Yes. Fifty Dollar, with a very uncooperative face. She then pulled one of the desserts closer to me so I could finish it quicker.

    Now, I wouldn't mind if they tell us in the beginning if we need to leave quickly or if there are any minimum spend per person, but it was just plain unprofessional and very uncalled for to be sarcastic to customers. They did say thank you and everything else at the end but the damage has been done.
  • xbabydollx Local Star 1,113 reviews
    I was told by a friend that this is one of the go-to places near the area to have Thai food, so my friends and I decided to check it out on our little Sydney adventure recently. As they did not do bookings, we came down and placed our names on a booking sheet out front waiting for our number to be called. We waited 50-minutes outside for the next table of 5 to come free. Was it worth the wait? Yes and No. The food was good, the mains we ordered were tasty and flavorsome, but being a fast-paced busy restaurant, to enjoy ourselves at the restaurant and chill-out and chat was unable. The feeling was that they wanted us in - eat - then wanted us out for the next waiting group to come in. They tried to clear our plates when we all hadn't finished eating yet, and asked if we were ordering desserts during that time as well. When we said no, soon after they gave us the bill already which intentionally meant to us, alright you've eaten, please pay. I would like to come again as it is nearby my friends apartment and there are other dishes on the menu that I would like to try as well as dessert, but maybe I'll try come first thing in the morning when they open and hopefully it's not as busy (who knows?!). All in all, glad I tried it, and we shall see when I come back.
  • looknow Local Star 766 reviews
    I was in Sydney a few days ago, while in the taxi I had asked the driver to take me to one of the most authentic Thai restaurant in city to pick up some takeaway. He suggested Chat Thai Thaitown, which hes eaten before at a different location as there are a few around. Upon arriving, the queue was almost 3 shops down, and it was only a Tuesday. The place was completely filled; the menu was extensive uncertain where to begin. I ended up choosing the fried fish cake, spicy charred grilled pork salad, king prawns tom yum soup, stir fried crispy pork belly with red curry paste. All for just under $70. Approximately 15minutes wait, but well worth it, has to be by far one of the nicest Thai restaurant Ive eaten at and close to the authentic deal that I would expect to find in Thailand. Double thumbs up and highly recommended.
  • I'd rate this as one of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney. If you are happy to wait for a short while to get a seat, the food is consistently excellent, service is friendly, atmosphere/decor is nice, and prices are cheap-to-moderate. Definitely highly recommended.
  • The place gets quite busy, but waiting time was kept minimal and acceptable. The staffs are very courteous and provided high quality service.

    Love the fresh juices and fresh spring rolls.
  • authentic thai, great atmosphere. love it!
  • Easternian Local Star 1,121 reviews
    It had been a while since I last visited the original Chat Thai at Campbell St as it was usually very busy every time we tried to eat there. So one day when I decided to have an early weekday lunch at 12pm, I came to this place and got myself a table in an instant, even though the place was already 90% occupied.

    To satisfy my cravings, I ordered their fried rice noodle with chicken. The serving size was good, the food tasted delicious although it was a little bit oily to my liking and it was strongly flavoured with the pepper.

    The food arrived quite quickly, which was quite surprising given the number of crowds in the restaurant. The staffs were very polite, attentive and helpful and that too was quite surprising since we dont usually see this kind of service when we visited them during night times.
  • Amazing Thai food, I dare say better than Thai food in Thailand. Sometimes there a wait, but well worth the wait.
  • Sisca Lawrence Local Star 33 reviews
    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.
  • jojostuff Local Star 404 reviews
    Still good after all these years, but the same dishes seem to differ each time I come back. On my last two visits within the space of four months, the emerald duck dish seemed to lose a lot of duck.

    Would like to come again for dinner or supper as some of the desserts are only available in the evening.
  • On my first introduction to Chat Thai, the food was so good, we had it breakfast, lunch and dinner. For three days straight. Yes, please do yourself a favour and eat here!
  • beanboy Local Star 305 reviews
    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.
  • beanboy Local Star 305 reviews
    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.
  • Cee Zee Foodie 278 reviews
    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!
  • JKP Foodie 173 reviews
    Waited for an hour to get seated on a Monday night. Not even a bar area or a bar next door to sit at while you wait. Food is absolutely fabulous and authentic but the service isn't. Worth it if you can get in, but if you have to wait an hour - there's plenty of good restaurants within a 3 block radius.
  • As they said, quite popular, have to wait at least half an hour, finally we got a combined seat. Place is nicely decorated. Ordering seems not such excellent experience, cuz not every dish is illlustrated. We can a green papaya salad, some char grilled meat, a stirred fry(can't remember name). The tom yum soup is the worst of all the dishes. Papaya salad quite authentic, others are just average. Deserts are worth trying, mango rice coconut stuff is good, coconut icecream above average, ice bread is quite innoviative. Basically Worth trying, but don't expect it surprisingly good. Maybe it's the new-style thai that is attracting people
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