Countless times have I passed Home Thai on Sussex St yet it wasn't until recently had I acted on my intentions to try out said restaurant, which is always packed with people and a long queue outside.
We arrived at 5:30pm which meant we were lucky enough to snag one of the last available seats without having to put our name on the paper that indicates a waiting period for god knows how long. The place was already buzzing with people eating and staff that were fast-pacing around.
The general vibe of the restaurant was quite similar to that of Chat Thai, with the wooden chairs and the occasional pops of yellow here and there. However, all the waitresses at Home Thai casually sported LV bags, flung on their shoulders, while they tapped away on their IPads upon each order. Now that was different.
For the entree, we ordered the Kanom Jeeb: Steamed Pork, prawn, water chest nut wrapped in wonton pastry and served with black vinegar ($5.90). It was your typical thai-styled wontons with scents of sweet chilli in combination with savoury flavours.
Ultimately, when it comes to Thai, I have no trouble deciding what to order as my main choice is almost always the same at any Thai eatery, which indeed, eliminates the element of excitement and originality. I love Pad C Ew and I vow to try out all the Pad C Ews in Sydney until I find the best one.
So far, topping the list is Chat Thai however I must say, the Pad C Ew ($11.90) at Home Thai was not bad at all! The flavour was cooked well into the flat rice noodles, however it was just a tad bit too salty.
M got the unlucky hand for once as he ordered the Pad Ka Na Moo Grob ($14.90) which is Stir Fried Crispy Pork Belly, cooked with fresh chilli, chinese broccoli, green bean and oyster sauce. When the dish was served, M shot me a look of disappointment. He felt as though there were way too many greens and that had overpowered the main attraction of the dish, which was the pork belly. To top that off, the dish was so salty that without spoonfuls and spoonfuls of the accompanying rice along with constant refills of water, it would be impossible to down each bite.
Overall, Home Thai failed to live up to its hype for us as the dishes were way too salty for our liking. Then again, M and I are not the biggest Thai-food lovers to begin with and so our conclusions may not reflect truly of those who favour Thai cuisines. After all, there must be a reason for all those willing people who line up everyday.
2/229-305 Sussex St
Sydney NSW 2000
Labels: Asian, Thai