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Jarern Chai Boon Cafe, Haymarket

Jarern Chai Boon CafeWebsite: http://www.booncafe.com/

Jarern Chai Boon Cafe is a half grocer/half cafe shop located on Pitt Street in Haymarket. The hubby’s favorite cuisine is Thai so we decided to check this place out for dinner. Jarern Chai Boon Cafe is owned by the same people behind Chat Thai and specializes in Thai sandwiches during lunch time and reverts to traditional Isaan Thai cusine for dinner. I read that they serve some pretty yummy dishes for breakfast as well but not sure when I will ever be in Haymarket early enough to catch that. I will have to be satisfied with their dinner menu for now.

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Nunam, Northbridge

Nunam Inside NunamWebsite: http://www.nunam.net/

Nunam (previously Nahm Thai) is located on Bulwer Street in Northbridge. I remembered being very excited when I first heard of the Thai fusion menu they offered for breakfast/brunch. It was so intriguing! How do you blend Thai flavors with the usual modern Australian breakfast you normally find in cafes around Perth? We shall see!

I have been here a couple of times since the launch of the new branding and menu. The meal below is of my second visit with my family after loving what I had the first time.

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****Perth’s First Night Noodle Market****

Urban Orchard @NNMWebsite: http://visitperthcity.com.au/eatdrinkperth/events/night-noodle-market

The talk of town this year for the Eat Drink Perth festival was surely the Night Noodle Market (NNM) held at the Perth Cultural Center! Eat Drink Perth 2015 opened with a bang last Wednesday with the Night Noodle Market, a family friendly Asian hawker style market set up over three areas, namely the Central Square, Museum Plaza and the Urban Orchard, housing over 20+ stalls and 3 popup bars. It was so exciting! I ended up going to this event three times over four days!

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****Delivery Hero****

Website: http://www.deliveryhero.com.au/

The PFEs were invited recently to try out another takeaway food order and delivery website called Delivery Hero. There seem to be a number of this service around nowadays, takeaway order and delivery must be getting very popular! I must admit it is quite convenient especially on days when I am too busy or too tired to either cook or head out for a meal! Additional bonus if the restaurant offers free delivery!

How does Delivery Hero work? It’s as simple as…

  • Enter your address
  • Choose your restaurant
  • Select your payment method
  • Food is on its way

It can’t get any simpler!

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****EatNow – Search, Order,Eat!****

Website: http://www.eatnow.com.au/

The PFEs were invited recently to review another takeaway food order and delivery website called EatNow. I must be hiding under a rock as I have not come across these websites before until now! It is awesome to discover all these services that are available right at my fingertips!

The aim behind EatNow is to provide a quick and easy way to order food online from local restaurants that service the suburb you are staying in. The process is simple ….

  • Search for restaurants in your suburb
  • Order using the interactive online menus
  • Sit back and wait for the food to be delivered

And that is exactly what I did one rainy and stormy winter night. Perfect weather to order some takeaway as I did not feel like dressing up to go out for a meal, ie hibernation mode on. {Do you guys get into this mode in winter?}

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Red Basil Thai Cuisine, Victoria Park

Red Basil is located on the upper end of Albany Highway (the end nearer to the city), next to Crust Pizza.  Ever since discovering the restaurant, I’d been here every single week for four weeks in a row as my friend became ‘addicted’ to their food!  I must say though that the food is pretty good and reasonably priced…especially their soft shell crab.  Cheap and very yummy!

A small restaurant in size, it is frequently packed out for lunch and dinner on the weekend.  It has a fast turnaround though so one does not have to wait too long for a table.

Inside the restaurant

Here are some of the dishes we had tried so far:

  • Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2) – this is pre-made and is a bargain at $2 per glass although it was slightly sweet for my liking.  I may be biased though as I am not too fond of sweet drinks. I had also ordered the Thai Iced Milk Coffee which was definitely too sweet for me.

Thai Iced Milk Tea

  • Soft Shell Crab ($6) served with sweet chilli sauce and side salad.  This is one of my favorite dish.  Meaty deep fried crab pieces with juicy flesh! They are not like those which are dry on the inside (found in numerous restaurants I’d visited).  Generous serving too for the price!

Soft shell crab

  • Thai Style Som Tum (Papaya salad) $9 with peanuts, dried shrimps, tomato, chilli and bean. This was far too spicy for me even though we had asked for a mild version. I’m a chilli-wuss! :p

Som Tum

  • Seafood Pad Thai ($13.90) thin rice noodles stir fried with egg, crush peanuts and bean sprouts.  This dish did not rock my boat as expected.  Generous amount of seafood though.

Seafood Pad Thai

  • Chicken Pad See Eew ($9.50) thick flat rice noodles stir fried with egg, kai lan and dark soy sauce. This was a recommendation by the waitstaff as an alternative to the Pad Thai and was surprisingly great! It was the appetizing sauce and the slithery noodles.  Another favorite! We had ordered this every single time thereafter!

Pad See Eew

  • Chicken Basil ($9.50) stir fried minced chicken, fresh chilli and basil.  This seemed to be a few customers’ favorite as we spied this on numerous tables.  Once again, this dish was far too hot for me!  I must train myself to eat real chilli one day!

Chicken Basil

  • Pineapple Fried Rice – this was not in the menu but the chef cooked it following our request.  Thank you! It turned out a bit oily for me but the others liked it.

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • Chicken Green Curry ($11.90) with carrot, green bean, bamboo shoot, fresh chilli, kaffir leaves and basil.  Another favorite, the curry tasted authentic and went well with steamed rice.  I couldn’t get enough of it!

Chicken Green Curry

Overall, Red Basil is a great local find, delicious food at good prices. Out of the times I’d been, there was only one time that the food was different (either some dishes were too salty or the crab was too deep fried). Hopefully it was a once off.  I will definitely be back for a casual meal again!  

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Red Basil Thai Cuisine
Telephone: 08 9361 2661
Address: Shop 2/335 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
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Chock Dii Thai, Victoria Park

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Chock Dii Thai is located in the corner edge of the tiny square lot off the east end of Albany Highway where other restaurants such as Charcoal Chicken, Bintang Cafe etc also reside.  It is quite obscure and without the Entertainment Book, I would probably not know of its existence.  However since finding this place, we have been frequent visitors whenever we want a quick Thai food fix. 

Chock Dii Thai is family-owned and operated and has a casual and relaxed atmosphere about it.  It looks small from the outside and this impression stays with you until you step deeper into the restaurant and discover a huge extended area at the back, painted a dull orange colour, complete with pot plants, Koi pond and a water feature.  Not sure whether they are trying to achieve the rustic look but it didn’t work for me – the decor and lighting of the place made it drabby and lifeless. 

 

As it was an early dinner that day, there was no one around so service was extremely quick.  We had the following:

  • Golden Parcels (3pcs) – $8.90
  • Tom Yum Prawn Soup – $11.90
  • Tofu Pad Woon Sen – $15.90
  • Duck Red Curry – $21.90
  • Mixed Seafood Kata Rawn – $28.90
  • Steamed Rice

     

A description of the dishes for those unfamiliar with Thai food and my thoughts on the dishes as follow:

  • Golden Parcels: dumpling filled with chicken mince, vermicelli and vegetable – it is basically pastry filled with various goodies (in this case, chicken mince) and deep fried to a crisp.  One of my preferred Thai entree (me+fried food = close friends!)  This entree is similar to the “Golden Money Bag” dish which signifies prosperity, so the more you eat this the better it is, as legend goes :p.
  • Tom Yum Soup: spicy and sour soup with lemongrass, tomato, spring onion, mushroom and prawns – the soup was up to scratch and was quite spicy, love the generous amount of mushrooms in there.
  • Pad Woon Sen: stir fry glass noodle with spring onion, carrot, mushroom and soy sauce – this tasted like a chinese dish and was quite salty.
  • Red Duck Curry: red curry with boneless roast duck strips, pineapple, lychee and tomato – I’d always commented on Thai restaurants based on their red duck curry (my favourite Thai dish!) and this dish was on the average side.  The taste of lychee with the curry was strange too (I have yet to embrace the fruity fusion dishes!)
  • Kata Rawn: sizzling stir fry with vegetables – didn’t expect much with this dish, just wanted some vegetables in us.

Overall, it was a good meal, very filling with the curry and rice.  Prices I thought were slightly above average so it was good that we had a voucher.  Service was prompt and friendly.  I would go again for a casual Thai dining experience (also partly because it’s so near my house!)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

Chock Dii Thai
Telephone
: 08 9361 1266
Address: Shop 5/910 Albany Highway, East Vic Park

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Thai Orchid Restaurant at South Perth, South Perth

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Thai Orchid Restaurant is located on Mends Street in South Perth, on the same stretch as other popular restaurants such as Incontro, Spaghi, D’Tandoor, Coco’s etc.  It is situated on the 2nd level right opposite D’Tandoor Indian Restaurant – one has to climb a flight of stairs and walk along a short corridor before arriving at the front door, a bit tricky if one hasn’t been there before.

From the outside, Thai Orchid looks like a small restaurant but walking past the front reception revealed a spacious setting with numerous large windows, showcasing an uninterruptable view of the Perth skyline and the Swan River.  This combined with the warm ambience and their matching table setting made me look forward to our meal there that night.  Hanging on the wall was also the 2009 Gold Plate Restaurant Winner award – so far so good!

Matching table setting:

For dinner, we ordered the following:

  • Gang Keow Wan (Green Curry) Chicken – $24
  • Gang Daeng (Red Curry) Roasted Duck – $26
  • Kao Pad Sup Pra Rod (Fried Rice with cashew nut, onion and pineapple) Beef – $22
  • Pad Thai (Fried Thai Rice Noodle with egg, bean sprout etc) Chicken – $20

 

 

The food were awesome especially the Red Duck Curry and the Pad Thai!  The Red Duck Curry came with bamboo shoot, pea, tomato, pineapple pieces and the meaty roast duck.  The red curry sauce was creamy and thick and went well with the steamed rice – long after all the ingredients in the dish were gone, I still saturated my plate of rice with the sauce and ate it straight.  This was how tasty the sauce was!  The dish looked small but was quite deep volume-wise so all of us had a fair share.  I really like thai restaurants that serve good Red Duck Curry  as I found not all of them carry this dish.  Yum!  The same goes with the Green Curry Chicken which had eggplant and peas in it.

The Pad Thai like the curries was totally awesome – it was neither dry nor too wet (as can be with some), it had just the right moisture in the noodles.  With each mouthful, you can taste the balanced salty, sour and sweet flavours of the sauce, such a consistent dish.  One of the best dishes we have eaten!  It was so addictive we ordered a second dish!

We also had two more other dishes (I remembered to turn on the Night Mode so the pictures came out better):

  • Yum Neau (Chargrilled Beef Salad) – $22
  • Tamarind Fish

 

The Beef Salad was quite ordinary and didn’t really taste as expected of the normal thai beef salad you get in other restaurants.  It has generous serving of beef slices though.  The Tamarind Fish was also quite a big dish (deep fried fish fillet poured over with tamarind sauce).  This dish is not as spicy and sour as expected and the fish were not very crisp but still nice to have.

Overall, it was a great dinner!  The service was great – the waitpersons were friendly and prompt and the food absolutely delightful.  No wonder they won the Gold Plate Award last year.  The Pad Thai is a must try!

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Thai Orchid Restaurant at South Perth
Telephone
: 08 9474 1888
Address: Level 2, 35 Mends Street, South Perth

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