It got me thinking as to how I should approach future reviews especially when the food is you know; has a lack of spark. Unfortunately, Chat Thai at Market Square seem to fall under that category. While, the dishes we had that day was by no means inedible and matter of fact we finished everything, I felt slightly disappointed because the "Thai" food that we were eating was obviously modified for a lack of a better word to satisfy the majority crowd in the area.
Doesn't help that I could not see a single person that looked like a Thai in the kitchen or at the restaurant and the TVs were blasting korean MTVs.
The Red Duck Curry was probably the best dish of the lot. Creamy, spicy and went well with rice. A nice touch with the lychee which worked with the chunks of duck meat.
This dish spark off the blatant fact that this restaurant is owned by Chinese, the food is cooked by Chinese and the place is probably run by Chinese. To me the fish did not taste like Thai, rather it was fried fish fillet with a chili mixture that could have passed off as any cuisine really.
The minced chicken with basil is a true and classic Thai dish yet it came out like this came out from any Chinese household kitchen, with lashings of soy sauce, bit of oyster sauce and finished off with some dark soy sauce for colouring.
The Pad Thai, thankfully still looked the part but was slightly too sweet for the taste buds around the table. Being a hardcore fan, I still found it possible to finish up the plate.
I understand Chat Thai is a famous Thai place in Sydney, well you are not starring at a branch nor a very good imitation. To me, the dishes we ordered had only the slightest hint of thai and it is very clearly that the food is cooked to suit certain taste buds.
Now it is also quite saddening that in Sunnybank, one can still find mediocre food, i mean after all it is an asian town right?
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Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Thai influenced Chinese food might be a better phrase to describe the place.