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Thai Orchid Restaurant is located on Mends Street in South Perth, on the same stretch as other popular restaurants such as Incontro, Spaghi, D’Tandoor, Coco’s etc. It is situated on the 2nd level right opposite D’Tandoor Indian Restaurant - one has to climb a flight of stairs and walk along a short corridor before arriving at the front door, a bit tricky if one hasn’t been there before.
From the outside, Thai Orchid looks like a small restaurant but walking past the front reception revealed a spacious setting with numerous large windows, showcasing an uninterruptable view of the Perth skyline and the Swan River. This combined with the warm ambience and their matching table setting made me look forward to our meal there that night. Hanging on the wall was also the 2009 Gold Plate Restaurant Winner award – so far so good!
Matching table setting:
For dinner, we ordered the following:
- Gang Keow Wan (Green Curry) Chicken - $24
- Gang Daeng (Red Curry) Roasted Duck - $26
- Kao Pad Sup Pra Rod (Fried Rice with cashew nut, onion and pineapple) Beef - $22
- Pad Thai (Fried Thai Rice Noodle with egg, bean sprout etc) Chicken – $20
The food were awesome especially the Red Duck Curry and the Pad Thai! The Red Duck Curry came with bamboo shoot, pea, tomato, pineapple pieces and the meaty roast duck. The red curry sauce was creamy and thick and went well with the steamed rice – long after all the ingredients in the dish were gone, I still saturated my plate of rice with the sauce and ate it straight. This was how tasty the sauce was! The dish looked small but was quite deep volume-wise so all of us had a fair share. I really like thai restaurants that serve good Red Duck Curry as I found not all of them carry this dish. Yum! The same goes with the Green Curry Chicken which had eggplant and peas in it.
The Pad Thai like the curries was totally awesome - it was neither dry nor too wet (as can be with some), it had just the right moisture in the noodles. With each mouthful, you can taste the balanced salty, sour and sweet flavours of the sauce, such a consistent dish. One of the best dishes we have eaten! It was so addictive we ordered a second dish!
We also had two more other dishes (I remembered to turn on the Night Mode so the pictures came out better):
- Yum Neau (Chargrilled Beef Salad) - $22
- Tamarind Fish
The Beef Salad was quite ordinary and didn’t really taste as expected of the normal thai beef salad you get in other restaurants. It has generous serving of beef slices though. The Tamarind Fish was also quite a big dish (deep fried fish fillet poured over with tamarind sauce). This dish is not as spicy and sour as expected and the fish were not very crisp but still nice to have.
Overall, it was a great dinner! The service was great – the waitpersons were friendly and prompt and the food absolutely delightful. No wonder they won the Gold Plate Award last year. The Pad Thai is a must try!
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Thai Orchid Restaurant at South Perth
Telephone: 08 9474 1888
Address: Level 2, 35 Mends Street, South Perth