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MELBOURNE | There are seven Chat Thai restaurants in Sydney, but the longest standing one, in Haymarket, still has lines every day of the week. There’s a reason that Chat Thai has stood the test of time, and that’s because it’s stayed true to its ethos, which was set out in 1989. That is, to bring honest and authentic Thai fare to discerning and loyal Sydney diners.

Chat Thai was talking about locally sourced, seasonal ingredient and street food inspired cuisine long before it was all the rage, and the menu, which has evolved over the years, feels fresh and exciting. The Haymarket location is a narrow two storey warehouse-style space – think exposed beams, brick walls, wooden floors, and open kitchen at the front, a few decorations dotted around the place. It feels modern and exciting.

Food wise, it’s all about Thai street food done right. The menu is just over 100 items strong and features something for everyone, all authentic and delicious. Sai Grog Issaan, sausages of fermented pork and glutinous rice, are a wonderfully meaty and funky delight. Also delicious is the larb gai – a spicy minced chicken salad, soft herbs and roast chilli. For salad fans, Chat Thai offers five different kinds of Som Tam, the ubiquitous green papaya salad. Try the Som Tam Muah – a Laotian version of the dish with fermented fish bean sprout, pork cracker, rice noodles and pickled cabbage.

Also worth trying is the Pad Ho – stir fried glass noodles with chicken, fresh chilli, bamboo, lemongrass, pea eggplants and kaffir lime leaves. For those with a sweet tooth, try the Khanom Cha – steamed multilayered firm pudding made from pandan and coconut milk. Also tasty is the Par Thung Go – pillowy flash fried dough sticks with sangkaya, a coconut milk-based dipping sauce.

For drinks, it’s traditional Thai tea and coffee based drinks, along with juices, beer, wine, and cocktails.

You can’t really go wrong at Chat Thai. Just order whatever takes your fancy and maybe try and branch out with a few things outside of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed, as long as you’re willing to wait for a table.

Chat Thai (Thaitown)

20 Campbell Street
Haymarket
New South Wales 2000
Australia

Telephone: (02) 9211 1808
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Sun – Sat: 10:00am to 2:00am

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