Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mamanee Thai @ Smith Street, Collingwood

It was just that week when a friend suggested to have thai food for a change; fine by me. Unfortunately that experience was a bit of a damper but that is a story for another day. After that experience, the usual flash backs started again with visions of Melbourne. One of the last few nights before we were about to fly off to Brisbane, I met up with my cousin and sister for a mini re-union. 

Since my cousin's boyfriend is part Thai, we had to trust his taste buds in searching for Thai food. With the Ying Thai 1 and 2 covered (literally one of the most famous thai restaurants in Melbourne town), we settled for Mamanee Thai. Manned (or wo-manned) by two thai aunties in an open kitchen, this is as thai as it can get with the waiters and waitresses speaking in thai too.

The thai food here is more wholesome and has a home-cooked feel unlike other restaurants that might focus on different regions or royal cuisine, this is scrumptious in its own way.


A very casual setting, so come in your t shirt and short pants


We started off with a catfish mango salad (i reckon along those lines, the item names have blurred from all the months, not to mention the floods too) Punchy and stark, there is a combination of spicy, sour and sweet, the perfect thing to start off a meal.


For the mains, I have slowly strayed away from green curry and with open hands welcoming the red duck curry more often as evident from this order. Again creamy, spicy, and so warm and if i reckon it would be a crime to not eat this with rice.  


Something slightly more unusual is the wild boar curry. I mean i have eaten wild boar curry but not done Thai style. While i can't remember much, i remember the dish tasted scrumptious.


When it comes to thai food, i must have my Pad Thai, and it is a must with a capital M (bold and underline if need be). The Pad Thai delivered, one of the good ones that you should dig into when carbohydrates are called for.

Although i can't remember much, i do remember that the flavours were not "aussified" or "bastardised" in any way, everything tasted authentic enough to pass off as thai cuisine available from Thailand. So if you are looking for some home cooked Thai food, look no further.

Address and contact details:

Mamanee Thai on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Now to find something as close as this in Brisbane.


Michelle Chin said...

Collingwood is not too far off. Good news for me. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: yeah i think theres a tram line..go check it out.

Life for Beginners said...

Must. Have. Pad. Thai. :D

Sean said...

pad thai is my fave thai dish too! i can't decide whether i prefer pad thai or char kuey teow, heheh...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: havent had proper char kuey teow for half a year! so pad thai has to do haha.

lob: must have...

UnkaLeong said...

ROFL Aussified or bastardised. Hehehe. Kong Hee Fatt Choy to you and Nic ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unka: actually hor in brisbane its chinesefied.. kong hee fatt choi to u too, play what win what la!

Mr.Filbert. Hutchison said...

Thank you for sharing this, I love Thai food a lot.
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