Ok, sorry for yet another Warrandyte post! As you can probably tell we live close by but this outing was in fact Jase’s sister and brother-in-laws’ (Adrian and Sarah) idea. The four of us got together along with Jases little bro for a good old family catch up.
This place has just introduced two separate settings on Saturday nights at 6 and 8pm. I HATE THAT. A meal is not something to be hastily gobbled down while you watch the clock, especially at dinner time. The whole point is to spend the evening with family and friends, chatting over the menu and discussing what is happening in each other’s lives. No one likes to feel rushed while they are doing this. This said, I can understand why they have started to do this as the restaurant was well and truly full for both settings.
Disappointingly, the waitress who first served us was snappy and didn’t even give us a chance to answer her when she asked ‘ready to order?’ before she answered ‘no’ for us and turned on her heel. We gave her ‘the look’ and luckily the usual waiter took care of our table after that. He is apparently the head chef and owner’s brother and was a great help in choosing our dishes. He also offered us a complimentary tasting of some tofu dish. It was ok. But tofu. Ugh.
For entree we shared four plates including: chicken pandan, chicken satay skewers, golden prawns and chicken and prawn spring rolls. The golden prawns were the highlight, they were so crunchy and light and everyone agreed they took the cake!
For main we ordered fried chicken with sticky rice, pork belly grilled salad, massaman curry, green curry and something else, Adrian will have to fill me in. Desserts to share were the beautifully presented chocolate chilli mousse and creme brulee. The creme brulee has an unusual taste and the flavour is more subtle than expected but it still melted in the mouth and was complemented by the incredible coconut milk ice cream. Aside from lil’ miss snappy at the start, the service was great and the food was absolutely to die for. Couldn’t fault anything on the menu. Highly recommended. It’s also worth recommending that Head Chef, ‘Duncan’ has just released a Thai cookbook, and also stars in the show Duncan’s Thai Kitchen which aired on the GEM channel. http://duncansthaikitchen.com.au/
Tips: The restaurant boasts an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu and reasonable set menus are available. Perfect for a family/friends catch up, work get together, celebratory dinner or a loud date. Always make a booking and if you plan on going on a Saturday, don’t leave it until the last minute.
*Since writing this post I have heard from a few good sources that the food has really gone downhill. I only write blogs based on my experience but as these people have been plenty of times before and it is unusual to hear of a bad meal here I thought it worth mentioning. Looks like whoever Duncan has left to hold the fort might not be able to handle the heat! (June 23, 2014)