Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sawadee Ka @ West End, Brisbane

Public holidays in Malaysia are fun simply because it is a day off work and you get to roam around in the shopping centres and dine where ever you want. 

However, I can't really say the same about public holidays in Australia. Their idea of a public holiday is that buying meats and booze the day before and chilling out with a BBQ. On most, if not all public holidays, no shopping centres are opened, restaurants come with a 10-15% surcharge and we end up sitting at home, rotting in front of the TV.    

I can't remember which public holiday it was, either Easter or Labour Day, when we decided we will drive down to West End for the sake of driving and find a place for lunch.

Sawadee Ka stood out like a sore thumb, simply it was one of the only two or three restaurants opened that day. A colleague of the Wife had recommended the place, however knowing the local taste buds ; one have to be skeptical and simply can't expect the best. 

Since it was lunch, it was a very simple menu, with a few choices of curries and rice and noodles. We never got to look at the full fledged dinner menu.


I judge Thai food by their Pad Thai, probably one of the quintessential Thai dish in my eyes (one can argue otherwise). Surprisingly, this was rather good, not the best I had but certainly better than some that I have had.  


Unfortunately the Green Curry Beef was somewhat a disaster. The curry was too creamy, sweet and not much of a spicy kick coupled with rather dry pieces of beef, I don't see myself ordering this again.

Having tried only two dishes and furthermore lunch dishes, I can't really say if this would be the last visit. If I am desperate enough, I might give it another go during dinner. However at 10 dollars a dish, it is a worthwhile option for lunch. 

Address and contact details:

Sawadee Ka on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Nothing too shocking since we only tried two of their simple dishes, an option if you are in the area.  


Michelle Chin said...

I also don't trust local taste buds in terms of asian food....

Life for Beginners said...

The beef kinda looks pale in that green curry, but I'm glad the two of you had better luck with the pad thai. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: i know..thank goodness for that..

mchin: well i can almost guarantee that the success rate in melbourne will be far higher than brisbane.

minchow said...

I gotta say, I'd be down with the booze and BBQ interpretation of the public hol! At least it means friends in the service industry will get time off too, to come over and knock a few cold ones with you!

Gastronomy Gal said...

ha ha ha - local taste buds- very hilarious and very true.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

gastronomy gal: i hope no offence to u!

minchow: yeah now to find friends in that industry to have a beer with me!