Beautiful Authentic Thai Food
Posted on 05 / 15 / 2010
As most Thai restaurants in Perth are so heavily based on gluggy green curries or fried pad thai, it is fantastic to find a Thai 'cafe' that is not only entirely vegan, but also how the food should taste - that is fresh, full of salad, sour, spicy and pungent.
The green paw-paw salad is out of this world, and proof that you don't need fish sauce to make this dish work. The larb (soy mince salad) is almost as pungent, fresh and interesting. Their rice paper rolls are some of the best I've eaten and their deep fried nori crackers are one of the most moreish guilty pleasures I've ever had.
On some days they make a vegan lasagna that tastes identical and even better to its meaty cousin. Compared to their other dishes it doesn't win out on the health stakes but is a great 'let you hair down' dish. I haven't tried their deserts yet but they look sensational.
Located inside the Fremantle markets, the surrounds certainly have vibrancy and character but little in the way of ambience and serenity, the seating is limited as well, making this place more of a take away venue that an intense dining experience which can be a bit of a shame. However at lunch time it is usually swarming with Thai and neighboring tourists who look so relieved to have found some genuine Thai food in Perth. This gives the place extra brownie points in authenticity but can be very easy to get lost in a chaotic que curing the thick of lunch.
Warning - many of their dishes are VERY spicy. They will ask you if you want 'asian spicy' or 'aussie spicy' - but I haven't noticed much difference between the two so if very hot is not your thing, probably better to ask for 'mild.'
fresh, healthy, beautiful food, friendly staff, Paw paw salad!
Some menu items no english translation, limited seating, can be overly spicy for western palettes