Thursday, February 21, 2013

Maenam Lao & Thai

All right. New restaurant in Strathfield. Last few years all I could see in Strathfield was korean restaurants by and large. The only exception was a aporto and a few coffee shops and indian restaurants. So very limited for places to eat. Until last month, Jan 2013. Two new restaurants open up, one of them Maenam Lao and Thai, the other Bangkok Snap. I went down to the Boulevarde and saw both the shops. Maenam Lao and Thai seemed to be more abuzz and crowded. Using the analogy that more people probably means better food. From the outside, its a big open windw with orange walls and studio lighta. Simple yet chic and urban decor. Give you the feel of a studio.

The place didnt have a seat and I thought probably got to wait but to my surprise I was led past the diner area, through a corridor adjacent to an open kitchen to the rear which had another section for seating for large groups. Light music and lot of chit chat noise. As ee settled in and looked at the menu. Main sections pf the menuwere  starters, grill, salad, curries, wok bar, noodles, chefs specials and deserts.

We opted for coconut crumbed calamari as starter, pad kee mao with chicken and the red curry with prawns.

The menu is very flexible. Most curries, woks and noodle gave you the option of keeping it either veg or chicken,beef, pork or prawns.
Food was simply amazing and good value for money. Trust me when I tell you that their portion size for their mains is considerable and probably can be shared by two, unless you are hungry enough to devour a tiger alone.

The coconut crumbed calamari came with jullelined carrots and sweet chilli sauce. Really nice and new.
The pad kee mao with chicken was equally great. Spicy with flat noodles, crunchy veggies such as beans, carrot, baby corn, mushrooms.

The red curry was amazing. Just amazing.

Id go there any day again. Highly recommended.
Meals for two AUD  30-50.
Tel 02-9746 5882
31, The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135
11:00 am to 10 pm

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